Salon Operators to Learn To Prevent Pollution, May 30

Monday, May 30, 2011 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
WHAT:         Eco-Friendly Beauty and Nail Salon Training
WHO:             Approximately 45 area beauty and nail salon operators
WHERE:        Pure Aesthetics Skincare School, 5110 E. Fifth St., Tucson
WHEN:          Monday, May 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHY:             To learn how to reduce use of unnecessary chemicals, reduce pollution and waste
Sponsors:        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
The Source Salon & Spa       
Funded by:     Pollution Prevention Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
TUCSON, Ariz. - Approximately 45 owners, managers and employees of local beauty and nail salons are expected to attend a May 30 lunch and workshop to learn 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 effect on the quality of our water, land and air.”
A similar workshop was held May 4 for printing companies, with 22 people attending.