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On Sept 19, 2010, the GreenHeroes Street Team joined Shane Price of Green Circle Salons to attend the official grand opening of Marilyn Sepe’s Anti Aging Laser Clinic and Wellness Centre at 385 Jane Street in Toronto.

The Clinic and Wellness Centre had recently relocated from the Junction neighbourhood to their newly purchased building in the Baby Point neighbourhood.

Salon Opening

Shane Price of Green Circle Salons takes part in the opening ceremonies of the Anti Aging Laser Clinic and Wellness Centre.  He is with builder Nick Carlucci of Heritage Construction Group Ltd. and Marilyn Sepe owner of the salon.

City Councillor Sandercook joined family and friends to cut the opening ribbon with Marilyn and to take part in the celebration.

Not only did Marilyn refit the aged building with sustainable elements including cork ceilings and floors, she made the sound decision to help green her business by being part of the Green Circle Salon family.

Marilyn Sepe, Nick Carlucci, & City Councillor Sandercook

In 1989, hairdresser Phil McCrory was watching the clean up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on CNN.

He heard the announcer say that the birds were more affected by the oil than the otters because their fur was able to absorb the oil.

Looking around his salon, the hairdresser had an original idea for the unwanted hair he disposed of every day.

He began testing how much oil he could collect with the hair clippings from his salon and invented the Hair Mat which helped contain an oil spill off the coast of San Francisco in 2007.

The mat is now being used today in the recent Gulf clean-up via the non-profit organization, Matter of Trust.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, the smallest things, such as cutting your hair, can have a big environmental impact. Share your story of how you’re choosing the environment first and voting with your dollar by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

I have been participating with Green Circle Salons for two years now. We have the ECI fee listed right on our price list.

Once we have taken the time to explain to the client how their money is used, they get genuinely excited about patronizing a salon with a conscience.

It makes the client feel good to know that their hair was used to soak up oil in the Gulf, and that our salon landfill garbage has been reduced by more than half due to the fact that salon refuse such as foil and colour tubes are being recycled.

For the first twenty years of my career, I watched it all go out to the curb.

The remainder of the fee covers the cost of switching to alternative energy with Bullfrog Power, high efficiency lighting, and extra recycling bags.

Collecting the ECI fee has allowed me to move the salon in the direction that is important to me without it costing me extra.

– Shelly Walters, Angel Hair Salon

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, the smallest things, such as cutting your hair, can have a big environmental impact. Share your story of how you’re choosing the environment first and voting with your dollar by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

worldSALON has been a Green Circle Salon since June of 2009.

Their work to offset the downstream impact of the hair salon industry has been hugely inspirational to our team.

The ECI money that we collect has helped us pay for our monthly installments to be Bullfrog Powered, pay down the solar thermal panels we have to give our clients nice hot shampoos, and to support other initiatives, like the Toronto Cyclists Union, Toronto Environmental Alliance and World Wildlife Fund with monthly donations.

Congratulations Green Circle on your Green Heroes nomination, you deserve it!

– Brian Phillips, worldSALON.ca

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, the smallest things, such as cutting your hair, can have a big environmental impact. Share your story of how you’re choosing the environment first and voting with your dollar by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Our Curly Girls joined the Green Conversations and we haven’t looked back!!!  In less than a year, partnering withGreen Circle Salons has allowed us to feel even more proud of what we do and how we are doing it differently.

From re-cycling all our plastic product bottles, to our foils, to having our clients and staff know that all the curly hair we collect is being used for great causes—as just last year, the curly hair we collected contributed to create hair booms used in cleaning up the oil spillage in the Gulf of Mexico—that  was so very awesome!

We really love the fact we are doing our small part to help spread the green message.

AND now…we are at the point where we are using our ECI “piggy bank’ to gain operational efficiencies!  We are going to be installing Eco friendly lighting that will deliver perfect lighting for evaluating, formulating and applying hair colour.

Our staff is ecstatically excited, our customers will be delighted, and we will earn more savings while continuing our growth of being more sustainable!  We are also looking at being able to obtain water saving taps and researching the benefits of installing a goGreen window tint!

The opportunities truly seem endless!  The team at Green Circle Salons have been mentors in igniting the goGreen passion in us, and we are loving it!

– Betty and Caroline, The Curl Ambassadors

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, the smallest things, such as cutting your hair, can have a big environmental impact. Share your story of how you’re choosing the environment first and voting with your dollar by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.


Another incredibly powerful experience occurred when I was making lunch one afternoon in a drive-in picnic area just outside of Lake Louise. As I was unpacking my car, sunshine pouring down, I noticed that all the other visitors were sitting in their cars eating lunch, windows rolled up. Odd.

What I quickly came to realize was that there were bees swarming everywhere. Having stepped on a hive in a raspberry patch when I was a kid, I wasn’t comfortable with the situation at all. I was determined however to enjoy the day, the sunshine, and the Bow River.

Lake LouiseWithin minutes of chopping onions and carrots for my stir-fry, I had hundreds of bees all around; landing on my arms, my legs, in my face, on my cutting board. It was actually pretty ridiculous.

Good entertainment for the people sitting in their cars watching, no doubt, a mixture of Cirque du Soleil and a Japanese teppanyaki chef with knives flying here and there!

What occurred to me, oddly enough, and as a result of the experience on Mt. Lefroy just weeks previous was that if I was able to bring the same level of focus and attention to this experience, and accept it as purely and uniquely mine, that no matter what, the bees wouldn’t eat me.

They were equally a part of this experience as the cutting block, the onions, the sunshine, the river and me.

What happened next was nothing short of an epiphany (in my books). At the moment I made a conscious decision to 100% accept the bees, they instantly disappeared. Not 99%, nor 110%, exactly 100%.

And they were gone!

After enjoying my bee free lunch, and watching several other people drive up, get out and nervously jump back in their cars, I packed up my cooking utensils into the Subaru. I was about to step into my car to leave, and wouldn’t you know it, one lone bee flew over, landed on my nose, stared me down and …bit me.

No I am kidding, it flew off to see another day and teach another human an important lesson.

The culmination of those experiences that summer taught me that nature really can teach us everything we need to know, at least what I consider the really important things that connect us to this planet and teach us how to live within its natural laws.

And for myself, I think it is really important to protect this vital source of knowledge and wisdom – not to mention nature provides everything we physically need to survive.

We spend years and years pounding numbers, histories, equations and theories into our heads and we somehow believe that this is what makes us human and will allow us to continue our existence on this beautiful blue planet.

Perhaps this is true, but I believe that natural world provides us with lessons that are equally, if not more important. This wisdom is old, abundant, free, true, sacred and mostly ignored in the face of our fast paced lives.

Maybe this is how I would summarize my epiphany. I am sure if we reached out and spoke to people around us about this, as GreenHeroes is so wonderfully doing, that we would find similar stories and lessons. And I look forward to learning from them all.

Like every kid discovers, that has ever spent endless summers hiking, camping and canoeing in and around beautiful parks and freshwater lakes, a healthy appreciation and respect for the wonders of the outdoors, is rooted deep in the soul.

In fact, one of my father’s favorite stories to tell about days long past occurred on a cool summer morning when a thick fog had descended on our campsite. Apparently, dad was getting dressed and mom was fixing her hair, inside the tent, and like most four-year-olds, I darted off to explore whatever was within hands reach.

As he says he so vividly remembers, Dad stepped out of the tent to come after me when to his amazement, I had vanished in the dense, meter-high layer of fog. I was nowhere to be found. He called my name, but no answer. But suddenly, “I kind of saw this trail forming in the fog, kind of zigzagging through the trees and around the makeshift picnic table.” Apparently mom and dad got a good laugh as they let the charade go on for quite some time.

I give this background because, as we all know, every moment of awakening, or epiphany in life, is predicated upon the magical mixture of events and experiences that unfold into the uniqueness of you.

My story has always been about nature. My deepest insights into the mysteries of life came as a result of being surrounded by nature. My experiences as a child in the outdoors, no doubt anchored my life and my future deeply in the love for wild and untamed places.

About four summers ago I spent a month scrambling around the beautiful peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Most of the time, and selfishly, I was alone. Something about aloneness and nature, compliment each other so perfectly well!

Shane

At any rate, I had two separate, but very related, experiences that opened my eyes to the wonders of nature, and made me understand the importance of protecting the landscapes that, as I see it, make up the very best lecture halls in the world.

While on a solo ascent of Mt. Lefroy near Lake Louise, I suddenly found myself gripped. I was feeling a bit paralyzed by the steep 55% angle, the exposure and fact that I was…alone. I remember leaning into the mountain, my tools firmly griped in the ice and looking between my legs to Abbot Hut about 300 meters below.

Looking over my shoulder west were giant mountains in British Columbia, and to the east endless ranges of mountains all the way to the horizon. But what I was able to figure out, splayed out hugging the mountain in terror, would, I think, change my life forever.

I suddenly realized that all this fear that I was feeling, all the anxiety, was no more than a cue, an indicator to wake up, let the rest of the world disappear, and to get focused like never before. Every breath, every thought, every single part of my being and existence was about living in that moment. Out of body really…

– Shane Price, Founder of Green Circle Salons

Click here to read Part 2. Check out Shane’s webisode here.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, the smallest things, such as cutting your hair, can have a big environmental impact. Share your story of how you’re choosing the environment first and voting with your dollar by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Shane Price is the founder of Canada’s Green Circle Salons. Shane is a forward thinker who has taken the every day experience of getting a hair cut and made it an environmental issue.

By discovering a business model around the disposal needs of the hair salon industry, Shane Price has joined the ranks of the GreenHeroes.

Green Circle Salons (GSC) is a service that provides its members with the tools to reduce their environmental impacts.

GCS puts salons on the path to becoming greener businesses, and they do it in a way that is designed to actually add additional income for the salon business while giving its customers the satisfaction that they are contributing to greening the planet.

We now begin a campaign around his innovative idea and are calling it: Hair Today, Green Tomorrow. Find out how you can act now to help Shane in his mission and be sure to watch his webisode below:

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Remember – in the battle to save the planet, the smallest things, such as cutting your hair, can have a big environmental impact. Share your story of how you’re choosing the environment first and voting with your dollar by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!
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The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person.

The Corporation has been shown worldwide. Please see http://www.thecorporation.com/.  Mark Achbar shared some thoughts with GreenHeroes about Ray Anderson who appears in this award winning documentary.


By Mark Achbar

Ray Anderson first came to my attention in the mid-90s, in an article in the Globe And Mail. What struck me about him was his willingness to be bluntly self-critical about his own business’ environmental practice.

The outlook normally delivered by CEOs of billion dollar corporations in thepress is all sunny for the next quarter, constant improvement, growth, up, up, up, and do no wrong. It was rare — perhaps unique — to see a full-on “mea culpa” in the business pages of a national newspaper.

Call it counter-branding if you will; I took him at his word and was rewarded with one of the most memorable interviews of the 70 I conducted for the film.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pin8fbdGV9Y[/youtube]

World premiere of The Corporation, at midnight, at a gathering on Squamish Nation land, outside of Vancouver

Ray became a strong supporter of The Corporation, and one day hosted a big screening of the film in Boston for all kinds of progressive business and design people. Before the film snacks and drinks were served.

I was wearing my “The Corporation” T-shirt, with the devil-man-halo logo on it, and all the serving staff were wearing black t-shirts with this sentence printed on them:

“Some day people like me will be put in jail”
– Ray Anderson, CEO, Interface

I quickly took the shirt off my back and made a trade with one of the medium-sized waiters.
– Mark Achbar, Director of The Corporation

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Remember – in the battle to save the planet, scale the sustainability mountain. Share your story of how you’re scaling the sustainability mountain by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

Valerie Casey, founder and Executive Director of the Designers Accord, used her SXSWInteractive keynote last year as a call to rally the interactive community to create positive social and environmental changes based on sustainability.

This notion fits in very well with Ray Anderson’s 7th and final front on Mount Sustainability, “redesigning commerce”.

Valerie said that the interactive community will be the one to make the  biggest strides in the sustainability effort because  members of the digital community control a great deal of  the dissemination of information.

She says they are in the best position to help shape the global community into a more eco-conscious one. They are particularly influential because they are designers and communicators all in one.

The Designers Accord provides a platform for product designers and anti-consumption environmentalists to find common ground and begin tackling the problem of sustainability together. Here is a video of a few segments of Valerie’s address (the most relevant part is around the 3rd minute):

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=805-HI8Jx2I[/youtube]

Redesigning commerce is what the Designers Accord is all about.  Why not learn more about this important initiative and take on the 7th front of Ray Anderson’s Mount Sustainability.  The world needs more companies like Interface Carpets and CEOs like Ray Anderson.

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, scale the sustainability mountain. Share your story of how you’re scaling the sustainability mountain by entering our contest, and you’ll be eligible to win a prize, including being featured on TV as our next GreenHero!

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