Inverurie’s eco-friendly hair salon has reaped the benefits of ‘going green’ yet again by winning the Sustainability title at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Chamber Awards.
Elan Hair Design, which employs 14 people in the town, beat off competition from hundreds of companies from across Britain to bring the prestigious title back to Scotland.
The company impressed judges with the way it has instilled a culture of sustainability right across the business, investing £250,000 into creating what is believed to be the UK’s most eco-friendly hair salon.
This commitment has seen it implement a number of measures to save energy, reduce waste and increase the ‘feel good’ factor of using hairdressing and beauty treatments that leave a positive effect on the environment.
Carbon-zero furniture has been purchased, PV panels installed to generate electricity, the adoption of LED lighting to reduce electricity usage and basins that cut water consumption by 64 per cent.
All of this has translated into a 20 per cent increase in turnover for Elan Hair Design and the creation of new jobs.
Over 500 guests were on hand at the Guildhall in London to witness the culmination of the competition, which is the flagship event in the BCC’s ‘Business is Good for Britain’ campaign.