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chub. Katja Rost is a passionate hairdresser, she loves hair, colors and good styles. The 44-year-old, together with her business partner Willi Hödemaker, runs two showrooms in Döbeln and Munich. In which it is not only the quality of the hair around the head that counts. For an entrepreneur, it is at least as important to take care of the environment and satisfy 14 of its employees.

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Entrepreneur Katja Rost and her team collected a total of 100 points in their company’s sustainability report in Döbeln.

Successfully carrying out her craft at a high level, and at the same time in the greatest possible harmony with sustainable behavior, is a challenge which she has increasingly consciously faced in recent years. Her company received an environmental award from the Chamber of Crafts in Chemnitz. For exemplary achievements in the protection of natural resources.

The 18 green plants in her living room ensure a good indoor climate and a good mood and are among the things that the client also sees. Ecological electricity, full LED lighting, emergency lighting timer and advertising signage are small behind-the-scenes contributions.

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Save water and electricity, do not use detergent

The same applies to antibacterial washing balls in order to be able to do without detergent. Or ball dryers, with which drying times are reduced by 40 percent in the cold months when towels cannot be dried outdoors.

No detergent, no fabric softener, less electricity: hairstylist Priyanka Sharma explains why washer dryer balls are eco-friendly.

No detergent, no fabric softener, less electricity: hairstylist Priyanka Sharma explains why washer dryer balls are eco-friendly.

Hairdressers not only try to save electricity, but also water. “We have switched to state-of-the-art water-saving taps,” explains Katja Rost: “By doubling the water pressure, we now have 65 percent less water consumption.” Saving by washing less often is not an option for hairdressers: “Quality must remain. The color needs to wash off the hair. Everything else would also be out of balance. “

Send the ink films for recycling

Katja Rost and her team are experts in color and balayage, the color technique used to create a natural look. She did not switch to pure plant color as the results did not convince her of it. But she was looking for a company that produced products whose colors used less chemicals. It also invested in a color mixing machine that uses 30 percent less chemicals to achieve the same results.

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Save plastic waste: Some care products can be refilled multiple times in the salon.

Save plastic waste: Some care products can be refilled multiple times in the salon.

There are no more sales bags in her shop, the office is largely digitized. The store offers care products that the customer can refill many times. This saves material.

It doesn’t work elsewhere. Hairdressers need, for example, aluminum foil for highlights. The Döbelner Katji Rost showroom easily collects more than 30 kilograms of aluminum waste per month. Not only through coloring films, but also paint cans and product containers that the customer can bring back so that they do not end up in household waste, but can be recycled sustainably.

This bag contains over 30 kilograms of aluminum waste, which Ahmad Seid Alo's hairdresser sends for recycling at the end of the month.

This bag contains over 30 kilograms of aluminum waste, which Ahmad Seid Alo’s hairdresser sends for recycling at the end of the month.

Katja Rost has registered her business with ‘Wastemonkey’, a company that not only incinerates such aluminum waste from its shop, but also processes it for recycling. This costs the hairdresser extra money every month. As with the implementation of other ideas and activities, it initially generates costs. “But in the meantime, the savings and improvements achieved as a result have been shown to bring a multiple of the profit,” says Katja Rost.

A second life for hair – to protect the environment

The monthly subscription to “Hair help” does not bring you any money, but your well-being. Until recently, all cut hair at Rost & Hödemaker simply ended up in the residual waste. About six kilos add up quickly in a month. In the course of intensive research into ways to become more sustainable, Katja Rost stumbled upon the opportunity to do something good with hair scraps.

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The Hairy Thing: Hairdresser Sandra Karich shows off an extra bag for clipped hair that is shipped monthly on a good environmental cause.

The Hairy Thing: Hairdresser Sandra Karich shows off an extra bag for clipped hair that is shipped monthly on a good environmental cause.

“Hair has the ability to absorb a lot of fat and retains this quality even after cutting.” In Hair help, they are used as a natural cleanser against oil, gasoline or sunscreen stains in seas, rivers and lakes.

In summary, the Chamber of Crafts in Chemnitz has awarded four main awards this year (including the Roßwein Gemeinhardt scaffolding company) and five awards to nine environmentally oriented and innovative member companies under the slogan “Tradition and Future – Sustainability Wins”. Katja Rost and Willi Hödemaker were the only hairdressing company to participate.

More free time for the same pay

The hairdresser is proud of this award. He lives a sustainable development also in his private life and together with her team she has devoted a lot of time and energy to become even more sustainable in her company. “Together, we just thought about how we can also contribute to the protection of the environment and nature in our industry and use limited resources more responsibly. And we realized that we have been doing a lot of things for years. “

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Döbeln hairdressers finally managed to score a total of 100 points for their sustainability report. We were surprised how comprehensive sustainability can be. Not only for the environment and nature, but also for the optimization of working conditions. “We have introduced a four-day week every two weeks for all employees with the same earnings.” Instead of 8:00 to 20:00 and Monday to Saturday, as in the last 28 years of existence, the Katji Rost salon will now be open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 to 20:00 and open until 19:00. “For us, it has something to do with sustainability as well.”

Author: Manuela Engelmann-Bunk

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