Salon operators to learn to prevent pollution

Approximately 45 owners, managers and employees of local beauty and nail salons are expected to attend a May 30, 2011, lunch and workshop about how their businesses can reduce pollution and exposure to chemicals. Topics at the workshop will include:

  • Using products that are environmentally friendly to replace harsh chemicals
  • Simple ways to reduce environmental pollution
  • Why “going green” is important

This workshop is the outcome of a community pollution mapping project conducted by the Sonora Environmental Research Institute’s (SERI) community health workers. To further expand this work and impact pollution prevention, SERI collaborated with the Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences. The center is based at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and is part of the UA Superfund Research Program. The community mapping identified nail salons, printers, auto repair facilities and carpentry shops as the small businesses that most affect the environment of Tucson.

Speakers will include Naomi Miller, owner of The Source, a salon that is 100 percent committed to being green, and Kaelen Johnson from Pure Aesthetics, a school dedicated to naturalistic skin care.

“The goal of the workshop is to inform those who provide hair, skin and nail services in Tucson about how to reduce pollution sources and keep their workers safe,” said Mónica Ramirez-Andreotta, workshop organizer. “Sometimes we forget that we each have a responsibility for the environment, and that even small businesses can have a large affect on the quality of our water, land and air.”

A similar workshop was held May 4 for printing companies, with 22 people attending.

The May 30 workshop witll be at Pure Aesthetics Skincare School, 5110 E. 5th St., Tucson. Sponsors include Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc., Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences and the Superfund Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Pure Aesthetics Skincare School and The Source Salon & Spa. The project is funded by: a pollution prevention grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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