A PICTURESQUE paradise polluted by plastic and waste is what sparked this team of stylists’ new eco-friendly salon.
Award-winning hairdresser Peter Gibbs was on holiday in Thailand in April and was sicked by the amount of junk clogging the sea.
Already wanting to set up a new business, the 32-year-old was determined to make it as green as possible.
Linking up with long-time friend and fellow hairdresser, Sarah Elliott, the duo have now opened their own salon, Tint Hair Lounge, in Emsworth..
All the salon’s stock is biodegradable, eco-friendly and – more importantly for the pair – easy to recycle.
Peter, of North End, Portsmouth, said: ‘When we were thinking about getting a salon we just wanted to start on the right foot and make something that is sustainable because there’s a lot of waste in our industry with things like plastics.
‘With everything that is going in in the world, we have a responsibility to be as eco-minded as possible.’
He added seeing all the pollutants clogging the Thai sea was heartbreaking, and said: ‘I just thought, “God, this is so bad that something so beautiful could be damaged by humans”.’
Tint is based in West Street. It stocks a full range of Italian brand Davines, which offers vegan, cruelty-free shampoos and hair colour. Tint also uses recyclable towels, biodegradable plastics, ecological dryers and earth-friendly air conditioning.
It opened earlier this month and Peter said customers have loved the salon’s unique ethos.
New customers are being offered a free £10 gift voucher with every cutting or stylist service until the end of November.
To book call 01243 941542.