Equipment- Most of the preparation of the salon has been completed using reclaimed items and chosen for specific lasting qualities. This also applies to the equipment. Items reclaimed and reinvented have not therefore added to landfill. Also due to being locally sourced this has had a great impact on the carbon footprint of our set-up.
Waste – All paper and cardboard waste is re-used or recycled. I have also requested my suppliers to minimise the packing for sent goods.
Other waste products like hair clippings are also being recycled, This is bagged up and offer to local residential homes. It is hoped that by providing these free, for nesting wild birds, this will promote and encouraging bird life and local enjoyment for the community.
Grooming Products – All the grooming products used in the salon are biodegradable, free from chemicals and pesticides and made from natural ingredients. This includes all shampoos and finishing products.
Noise Reduction – Dog grooming could easily cause a noise nuisance. To help avoid this I run a 1-2-1 appointment system. This means, that at any one time, there is only one dog in the salon. The only exceptions to this are when 'family' members are booked together. I respectfully ask owners to be prompt for collection and leaving their dogs. Walking to the salon is encouraged and to behave in a environmentally sensitive way, by offering biodegradable ‘accident’ bags if needed.
Advertising – In an effort to reduce the impact of unwanted leafleted advertising has on the environment the Purple Paw is using the internet for promoting the business. However, I shall be using targeted marketing which will be monitored and assessed. Seasonal newsletters via email are also available. (Please contact us if you would like to be included)
Water Efficiency – I have been awarded a Ripple Certificate which is an in-depth study on using water effectively in business. This prompted several measures to effectively use water within The Purple Paw.
I use a re-circulating system which uses less water per bathing procedure, without losing any of the cleaning benefits. This not only saves on water but also excessive use of products, and energy required heating water.
All water is collected and reused to clean the patio area after each dog and during the summer to water the garden. Also for washing the car.
A de-humidifier is also used to extract water (also re-used) from the atmosphere, again saving energy on heating.
Cleaning – All products used to clean the salon are biodegradable. Towels are washed using eco products and air-dried.
How The Purple Paw has reduced its carbon paw-print
Our environmental policy