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Go Green - Case Study - Independent mindbodysoul, Wandsworth

Energy efficiency drive generates £900 savings for beauty salon

 

Owner Vicky Stothard proudly showing off her Go Green Plus certificate outside Independent mindbodysoul

BACKGROUND:
Independent mindbodysoul has taken a holistic approach to implementing environmental practices, including increasing recycling and reducing water and energy usage. A lot of paper is used throughout the salon, as well as water and energy for treatments. Wanting to give a great impression to its customers the business also regularly bought fresh cut flowers and provided complimentary refreshments.
"We've always tried to be as environmentally friendly as possible,"; says owner Vicky Stothard. "Clients were starting to become environmentally aware and staff wanted to recycle in store so we felt it was the right time to bring it all together for a focused effort all at once.”

ACHIEVEMENTS:

The implementation of the various energy saving initiatives resulted in a reduction of energy consumption by over 35%, for the period October 2009 to January 2010, compared with the same period the previous year (October 2008 to January 2009) and generated financial savings of £900. The initiatives included:

  • Replacing 25 50W halogen bulbs with 5W LEDs – reducing lighting consumption by almost 90%
  • Only using the tumble dryer when there was a full load
  • Introducing a Switch Off policy – not leaving anything on stand-by overnight
  • Buying a kettle that only boils enough water for one cup of tea
  • Installing occupancy sensors in all toilets, storage and other areas infrequently used
  • Reducing the temperature of the heating

Since installing the LEDs no bulbs have had to be changed – the average replacement of halogen bulbs was one bulb per day. Half the investment in LED lamps and lighting control was provided by Wandsworth Council through the Town Centre Improvement Scheme.

“A couple of years ago it was much harder to implement environmental initiatives, there wasn't much advice or financial support and it was difficult to find a commercial recycling company,” says Vicky. “The Go Green Plus programme is brilliant as it provides a person who is focused on researching environmental solutions while you carry on running your business. It's a no brainer – someone providing advice for free. I’d absolutely recommend other businesses to follow suit.”

Go Green Plus is part-funded by European Regional Development Funding and offers 12 hours free support to small and medium sized businesses in south London.

Other environmental initiatives introduced included water reduction and recycling. On the water side tap aerators have been installed, reducing the flow to 8 litres a minute, and Hippo Water Savers put into toilets. All literature is printed on 100% recyclable materials and printed using soya ink.  Office papers are recycled and recyclable and refillable print cartridges used in printers. Recycled paper towels, including hand and couch towels are recyclable and suppliers are encouraged to invoice electronically. The waste disposal contractor was changed and paper, card, plastics, metals, batteries and bulbs are now all recycled.

The complimentary teas provided are organic and Fair Trade organic milk from recyclable LDPE bags is used. A water butt has been place in the garden, where in the summer herbs are gathered for tea infusions to add value for the client experience. Potted plants have been introduced to replace the regular cut fresh flowers. This year Independent mindbodysoul is looking to adopt a cycle to work plan, encouraging staff to cycle to work, and will be installing cycle racks for staff and clients to use.

"The majority of waste produced by the salon is now recycled and everything that leaves the salon with clients is either produced by recyclable materials or can be recycled by them at home. The salon is partnered with the Aveda brand which uses organic ingredients in its hair and skincare products, uses 95% post-consumer recycled packaging and has a factory that uses 100% wind power to power the production plant,” adds Vicky.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Go Green Plus is run by MCC Business Solutions and a partnership of six South London local authorities – Kingston, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth. The wide-ranging support programme is open to small and medium sized businesses (1-250 employees) and offers 12 hours of free advice and support to encourage businesses to take action on waste and energy, water and/or CO2 reduction by reducing, reusing and recycling. Go Green Plus is a European Regional Development Funding project.

Further details about Independent mindbodysoul can be found at www.independentmbs.co.uk

 

CONTACT:
For more information on Go Green Plus or to organise a visit from a Greening Business Adviser contact:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 8947 0055
Web: www.mccbusinesssolutions.co.uk/greening
Write: Tuition House, 27-37 St George’s Road, London, SW19 4EU