Copper River Salon and Spa in Princeton is helping the planet and the local community by reducing waste and keeping otherwise non-recyclable personal care and beauty products and packaging from being thrown away and sent to landfills.
Since 2012, the salon has collected 3,647 pounds of skin care, hair care and cosmetic packaging through the Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program in partnership with Garnier. The salon joined the recycling program to unite their passion for creative style and self care with the importance of caring for the environment and appreciating nature’s beauty, according to a statement provided by TerraCycle.
“Beauty is more than skin deep. Beauty comes from self care, care for your community, and care for the world around you,” Barbara Weigand, owner and master stylist at Copper River Salon, said in the statement. “Copper River Salon and Spa looks to emulate beauty in all forms, including doing our part to make beauty sustainable.”
By stationing collection points near the reception area inside the salon and outside at the front entrance of the salon, Copper River Salon and Spa makes it convenient and accessible for clients and community members to drop off their products and packaging for recycling at any time, according to the statement. They also educate and inform their clients on what items can be collected through the program.
The waste collected through the Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program would have otherwise been landfilled, incinerated, or may have even contributed to the pollution of marine habitats. The collected packaging will now be recycled into a variety of new products such as park benches, bike racks, shipping pallets and recycling bins, according to the statement.
“The opportunity to recycle through the Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program allows us to impact our community by providing valuable information on how to properly recycle materials that otherwise would negatively impact our environment and a reliable way to collect these items,” Weigand said in the statement. “By doing so, our community can make environmentally friendly choices to preserve nature’s beauty.”
In addition to their program with TerraCycle, Copper River Salon and Spa is a member of the National Association of Eco-Friendly Salon & Spas Organization and the New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry.
For more information, visit copperriversalonandspa.com/. All collected materials from the Personal Care and Beauty Recycling Program are sent to TerraCycle for recycling, where they undergo a series of treatments before getting turned into new items. For more information on TerraCycle, please visit www.TerraCycle.com.