Believe us when we say that ‘sustainable’ isn’t just a buzzword. To us, it’s something we live by every single day, a value at the very core of our business, and that’s why we go above and beyond to make our salons are as green and eco-friendly as possible. It’s an ongoing commitment, and Zucci is always looking for ways to improve and be the most sustainable salon we can be.
But what does it really mean to be an ethical, sustainable salon?
Read on to see exactly how we at Zucci are keeping harmful products off our shelves, actively recycling, using renewable electricity sources and upholding our long-standing commitment to cruelty-free and sustainable hair care while still maintaining the same top-quality Zucci hair services you know and love!
Vegan and Cruelty-Free Products
Zucci realises that we have a choice when it comes to our products, and for almost thirty years, we’ve chosen to only partner with companies producing products that are 100% cruelty-free, naturally derived and aligned with our values.
All the salon products we use and sell are made from naturally derived ingredients, and we also use vegan hair and skincare products wherever possible. There’s no need to test on animals or use synthetic ingredients when we can use products that are kind, natural, high tech and deliver superior results!
Here are the product ranges we use that are 100% vegan:
- Aveda and Davines Shampoo
- Aveda and Davines Conditioner
- Aveda Hair Colour
- Aveda Skin care and Body care
- Aveda Makeup
- P4O Sunscreen
That’s right: we’re making ‘vegan hairdresser’ means something much more powerful than a hair care professional who eats a strict diet!
Our Partnership With Aveda
Zucci is proud to have partnered with Aveda to supply our salon products. Aveda are major producers of environmentally responsible, naturally derived, high-performance haircare, skincare, and makeup products that are manufactured in America and Canada using 100% renewable wind power.
How sustainable are Aveda’s practices? They own their very own wind turbines to power their production, are currently carbon-neutral and are soon to be carbon-positive. That means they’ll be producing extra electricity for a greener future beyond hair care.
Aveda continues to break the boundaries when it comes to technology, with their labs creating naturally-derived ingredients from scratch. That means they know what goes into their products, and they’re helping other companies to go natural as well.
Sustainability, Recycling and Electricity
Zucci’s partnership with Sustainable Salons Australia (SSA) has been a huge help in achieving our eco-friendly goals and constantly improving our green practices.
We’ve also chosen to source a recycling partner who can help us do so much more than just throwing things in the recycle bin; it may cost a little extra, but that’s a small price to pay for being responsible with what we throw away.
We have a thorough recycling process for almost everything that gets used in our salons, from foil from highlights to discarded hair, and it all gets measured so we can see exactly how much we’re recycling and keeping out of landfill.
The materials we recycle include:
- Plastics, both hard and soft.
- Aluminium, specifically the type used for hair highlights. The best part is that we use recycled aluminium…and then it can be recycled again!
- Paper, since so many of our products come boxed.
- Hair colouring product; if there’s any leftover, it can be collected and treated, and turned into water for the building industry, instead of it all going down the drain.
- Electrical tools, which can be pulled apart and the parts recycled.
- Hair; yep, the hair lying around doesn’t just go straight into the bin. It has all kinds of eco-friendly uses!
Zucci is incredibly close to our goal of getting rid of the landfill bin entirely, and eventually recycling 100% of what we use is a goal we think is worth striving for.
Through Sustainable Salons Australia, we’re able to put our waste to good use and close the gap when it comes to consumer products.
SSA have recently partnered with Dresden Vision to create 100% post-consumer recycled plastic sunglasses frames using shampoo bottles collected from the SSA network across Australia and New Zealand, including Zucci!
Read more on our blog post here.
Additionally, using the money generated through recycling and our partnership with SSA, Zucci was able to feed almost 100,000 people over the last three years through OzHarvest, one of Australia’s largest food relief charities.
So what about the electricity used every day in our salons?
We may not have our very own wind turbines like Aveda (not yet, anyway!), and those hair dryers still need power to do their thing, but Zucci has opted into the Snowy Mountains hydro electricity scheme through our energy provider: that means the power we use comes directly from a hydro-electric dam and not a damaging coal power station.
We’re happy to take the hit of a pricier power bill if it means maintaining our commitment to being a sustainable salon and inspiring others to do the same.
The Zucci Sustainability Journey
Zucci chose to commence this journey to become a truly green business nearly 30 years ago. For those that do not know, Zucci is a family business, Rocco started the salon in 1984 and Shakira (Rocco’s daughter) has been working in the business since 2008.
Rocco: “We started looking to change to greener business practices in the 90’s. The main reason we chose to change our ways, was because we had children. My wife Tania and I felt compelled to look at the products we were using and the way we were running our business and to start to make changes to ensure that we were doing our bit for the future of the planet and our children. We started small, donating hair from the salon floor to the local community rose garden, to taking on the Aveda range (10 products back in 1995) which was and still is a leader in sustainable business practices in the beauty industry. Every year we continually worked to make our business more sustainable and ethical. We are committed to continuing this journey into the future, because more now then ever it is vital.”
These practices are a life choice for Rocco and his family. We spend a large part of the day at the salon, so it should be a place that looks, feels and smells amazing. We love having a successful sustainable business where we are looking after our team and doing our bit for the planet.
The art and science of pure flower and place essences. The Aveda product range is used and sold at all Zucci salons. Aveda products are naturally derived and follow an environmentally conscious ethos, which Zucci is proud to be a part of; Zucci was named the first Aveda concept salon in Australia in 2001 and opened the first Aveda lifestyle salon in Australia in 2009.
Sustainable Salons Australia
Sustainable Salons is a revolutionary resource recovery program is designed for the salon to achieve zero waste, reduce its carbon footprint, and implement sustainable work practices that benefit the local community. At Zucci we are proud to align with a company that enables our business operations to be sustainable and as environmentally friendly as possible.
Made from pure wood fibres, Easydry eco-towels are manufactured using eco-friendly materials and processes such as recycled water and solar energy, and contain no pesticide-hungry cotton or eco-disastrous plastic. Zucci saves on average 200,000 litres of water a year across all locations due to using the Easy Dry towel range.
Zucci is proud to carry the People4Ocean sun care range on our salon shelves. P4O’s 100% natural sunscreen formula, created with marine biologists, is free of oxybenzone, a synthetic ingredient used in conventional chemical sunscreens that’s been shown to be toxic to corals and coral larvae. In addition, $1 from every sale from the P4O range helps support coral reef regeneration projects.