Human Hair Waste

Our planet is home to an exponential resource of 8,1 billion people. Every year 2.2 billion kg of hair waste is generated globally from hair salons and ends up in landfills or burnt causing significant harm upon our environment. 

What happens when hair waste ends up in landfill or is burnt?

Hair waste is today mostly sent to landfills or burned causing significant harm upon our environment.

When human hair waste is disposed of in plastic bags and ends up in landfills it produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is released into the atmosphere. When human hair waste is burnt it also releases extremely toxic gases which worsen air quality. Furthermore it can clog drains and waterways.

Is human hair recyclable?

Yes, Human hair can be recycled and converted into new products. There are many possible uses for human hair waste, but they require hair to be disposed of in a responsible way in order to mitigate any environmental risks.

Through our recycling service and waste management system the hair waste is processed into new products minimizing the negative impact on the environment. 

How does our closed loop hair waste recycling work?

Sign up to the circular recycling service of waste collection. (It is also available as an application on Android & iOS.)

Receive your CLIC RECYCLE waste collection kit, together with our seal to show your engagement in the green movement, then start collecting your salons hair waste!

Download our application to have all your information, services and impact analysis in one place making it easy to see how much hair waste your salon has saved from landfill, together with the water and electricity usage and savings. Receive news and education directly in the app shared within the Clic Recycle community.

When all waste bags are full they are collected by CLIC RECYCLE.

Through your preferred subscription new waste collection bags are delivered to your salon so you can keep recycling.

What is the environmental impact of recycling hair waste?

Through the hair recycling service we have with hairdressers we can together eliminate tons of hair waste that would normally go to landfill. With the hair waste we collect from your hair salon you are part of creating eco design products that take care of the environment. These products are a solution to reduce plastic in both ports and agriculture, while at the same time using vegan and organic materials that benefit soil health, clean water and reduce water usage.

Why Hair? 

Hair is a biological fiber. Its abundant quantity, non-toxic, non-irritation of the skin, high tensile strength, lightweight, thermal insulator, flexibility, and oil-absorbing capability as a material shows great potential to replace synthetic fibres in various applications.

Human hair grows approximately 2.7 cm per year. With 8 billion people on earth human hair is a great local and regenerative resource that should not go to waste.

Circular Economy, Closed Loop Systems & Clic Recycle

The circular economy is a system where materials never become waste and nature is regenerated. In a circular economy, products and materials are kept in circulation through processes like maintenance, reuse, refurbishment, remanufacture, recycling, and composting. 

The circular economy tackles climate change and other global challenges, like biodiversity loss, waste, and pollution, by decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources. In our current economy, we take materials from the Earth, make products from them, and eventually throw them away as waste – the process is linear. In a circular economy, by contrast, we stop waste being produced in the first place. Learn more. (Link)

Clic Recycle works with a transformative force in haircare, reshaping the industry through innovation, education, and sustainability. Our mission is to minimize negative impact on the environment where we reutilize a waste source and design it into a circular system with products that benefit the environment through cleaning and saving water resources, and restoring soil for regenerative agriculture and healthy water.

How can it impact your hair salon?

Studies show that customers are increasingly environmentally conscious and concerned about the negative impact waste has on the environment and that are willing to pay more for sustainable services.

By incorporating sustainability into your salon's operations and marketing, you are making a positive impact on the environment while also attracting a larger clientele who value eco-friendly practices

What is a Green Fee?

A Green Fee is an optional additional fee of 1-2 € charged to customers which can cover recycling solutions for hair waste produced in the salon. It can together with our seal show customers that your salon is contributing to a sustainable practice, satisfying existing customers and gaining new ones.

Business Benefits for your salon and your customers for sustainable practices and a greener cleaner world.