Cut hair and excess chemicals find a safe home through Green Circle Salons in Thunder Bay, Ont.
By Clare Bonnyman, CBC NewsPosted: Apr 19, 2016 7:15 AM ET
Evoke Salon & Spa in Thunder Bay, Ont. has recycled over 200 kilograms of solid and liquid waste since joining the the Green Circle Salon program a year ago.
The program includes salons from across Canada and the United States.
Green Circle makes recycling the byproducts of the industry easy by providing bins and containers for the salons to use, and they in turn contact the organization when they need their waste to be picked up.
Amanda Benincasa, the owner and stylist at Evoke says joining the program was an easy decision to make.
“As an owner I felt very responsible to do something,” she said. “It just made perfect sense, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t hear of it sooner.”
The program recycles things like hair foils, colour tubes, chemical waste and the cut hair that falls to the floor, “Things that we were otherwise unable to re-purpose or recycle,” said Benincasa.
The chemicals and bleach from hair treatments get neutralized, and the hair itself is used to create boons, used to help clean up oil spills.
A Thunder Bay, Ont. woman is giving old clothing a second life through her new fashion line.
Revived and Recycled by L. Roy features locally made recycled and reused clothing.
It’s a passion project that started a year ago when Line Roy launched an Etsy.com site to sell her creations.
She’s since decided to pursue fashion full time. She retired from her position as secretary at École Catholique Franco-Supérieur in Thunder Bay, and officially launched her new clothing line the following Monday.
She makes clothing in sizes XXS to plus size.
Roy aims to design unique, beautiful clothing for women that come in “the odd sizes,” she said. “I think every woman no matter what size, no matter where they come from or what they do in their life is beautiful.”
Using primarily knits, she focuses on non-restrictive clothing without zippers or ties.
“You can move with the clothing, it’s comfortable,” she said.
“It’s happy clothing.”
Roy’s basement currently holds more than 200 pieces of recycled clothing and fabric, hung on racks, in closets, and stacked on shelves. All of the clothes have been donated by friends, family and clients.
She uses anywhere from 3-10 recycled pieces to create one new dress, and can use a single recycled item to create multiple unique pieces.
Before retiring, Roy would design clothes every evening and weekend, but is thankful now to dedicate herself to the craft full time.
“It’s so much fun I can’t not do it,” she said.
On her ‘shabby-chic’ style, she said it comes together in the moment.
“I love it so much that stuff starts to happen, I rarely have a plan,” she said. “I just figure if you put something together it belongs together.”
Before her official launch, Roy has sold pieces in Canada, the United States and France, and is now hoping to expand even more internationally.