I initially looked at running a dog grooming salon from a retail unit. However, through a little research I came to believe it made more environmental sense to run it from my home. It means a local business with local clients, added to that less petrol in the car for me and my clients and any advertising I do can be focused and local.
Top Dog Grooming aims to promote good environmental practice within the business, and wishes to assure all customers of our commitment to an environmentally friendly management system. We will comply with the requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice. We will continuously seek to improve our environmental performance and will review this statement on an annual basis.
Equipment - Most of the preparation of the salon will be completed using reclaimed items, 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 will have 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 will be 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 will 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 will respectfully ask owners to be prompt for collection and leaving their dogs. As I will operate from home and most of my cliental will be local so 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 Top Dog Grooming 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.
Water Efficiency – I will be using a hydrobath which uses 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 will also be 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.