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10 Steps to Help the Environment

Posted: January 30, 2009

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Reduce the water pressure. When the plumber is done fixing the leak, have him reduce the water pressure in the sinks and toilets. This will also help cut down on the amount of water used.

Use new green appliances. People would be surprised by how much power a hair dryer uses or the energy lost by a curling iron left on. Major beauty companies are launching new appliances designed to use less power and go into hibernation mode quickly, then regain full heat immediately. It's small, but consider how much electricity is used in American salons each day.

Unplug, unplug, unplug. By taking an extra minute to unplug appliances, from the radio to the hot wax machine, you will save energy since power is still being used even when the machine is not.

Ban water bottles. Even with recycling, all those 12-ounce water bottles add up in landfills and many get into waterways. Take a step by requiring team members to bring their own reusable cup or bottle. Purchase a small water filter for the spa so water tastes better.

Insist on green cleaning supplies. While cleaning with eco-friendly vinegar is great, let's face it, the smell still stinks. Work with your cleaning company or change the cleaning products you buy to those that are gentler on the environment and do not use harmful toxic substances. (If you do want to use vinegar, grab an old spray bottle and mix 50% water and 50% vinegar. It works wonders.)