Through the Green & Clean business recognition program, the Boston Public Health Commission's Environmental Health Office recognizes businesses that are working hard to promote the health of their employees, their communities, and the environment. These businesses specifically choose products and employ methods to achieve these goals, working to deliver a better service for themselves and for you, their customers.
To qualify, every Green & Clean nail salon receives annual training from the Safe Shops Program on Green & Clean practices. Then, an outreach worker from the Safe Shops Program completes a walkthrough assessment at the salon each year to determine if the salon has integrated enough best practices to qualify for recognition. These best practices may include things like:
- Using low-mercury fluorescent or LED light bulbs to conserve energy
- Having and using a programmable thermostat to control heating and air conditioning
- Using no chemical fragrances (air fresheners, scented cleaning products, etc.)
- Recycling cans, bottles, paper, etc.
- Encouraging customers to bring their own flip flops
- Using LED light dryers rather than UV light dryers for gel manicures
- Using only "three-free" nail polishes, which are nail polishes that do not contain the "toxic trio" of ingredients – toluene, dibutl phthalate (DBP), and formaldehyde
- Not offering acrylic nails
- Using cleaning products that are recognized as Green Seal Certified, EcoLogo certified, or EPA Safer Choice labeled
- And more!
Making these changes can be challenging at first, sometimes requiring and upfront cost and learning about new products or methods. But, these Green & Clean salons are taking the extra time and effort to make healthier choices to benefit their workers, customers, and neighbors. With recognition, salons receive a small window sign like the one above to display in their window or door, and they are also listed on the Green & Clean website. Look for the Green & Clean logo when you are choosing a nail salon! To learn more, visit the Green & Clean website at www.bphc.org/greenandclean or call the Environmental Health Office at 617-534-5965.