Earth Month

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19 Apr Inspired to Live the Aveda Mission

It’s Live the Mission at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institute Denver and recently our sister locations in Phoenix, Tucson and Provo have also celebrated, in the spirit of Earth Month, the environmental leadership aspects of the Aveda mission. Say what? Basically, we are just taking a moment to truly live and inspire our Aveda mission. In Denver, we took a closer look at the world of plastic pollution, inspired by a recent video shared by the Plastic Pollution Coalition, and decided to join the cause.

In terms of plastic pollution awareness, Aveda isn’t a stranger to this cause. Aveda has never used plastic microbeads in its products – which became very popular in other brands and recently was declared by the UNEP as a pollutant. Aveda instead uses natural plant resources like jojoba, walnut shells or wintergreen-derived salicylic acid to gently exfoliate skin. (Click here to see the report issued by the United Nations Environment Program about plastic pollutants in cosmetics).

Today, many Aveda locations accept Caps for their recycling program. Those caps are then made into new Post-Consumer-Recycled (PCR) caps for products and color tubes. What about other plastics though? Like the kind that can’t be recycled or re-used or made into other pretty things?

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A plastic straw, for example provides a very short-term service of minimizing one’s need to bring the cup to the mouth directly. After a few sips, when the drink is gone, the straw is tossed in the trash. It should end up in a landfill but often, like many plastic pollutants, the straw takes a detour and ends up in the ocean where it’s mistaken as food by sea life or birds. I “googled” daily straw use in America and found this online, “Americans use 500 million drinking straws. To understand just how many straws 500 million really is, this would fill over 125 school buses with straws every day.” This is an alarm going off and not enough people are waking up to it. As Jeff Bridges shared in his narration of the Plastic Pollution Coalition video, it’s time to open our eyes.

We challenged our students to pledge how they will take a step towards minimizing plastic pollution. Here are 50 ways our students will Inspire Greatness:

  1. To minimize plastic consumption, I will bring my reusable water bottle to the gym instead of buying a plastic water bottle -Madison Ganger
  2. I am going to lessen my carbon footprint by skipping the plastic bags in the produce section of the grocery store, and always carrying a small reusable shopping bag in my purse for things I randomly purchase. Like the mall, for example. I also keep a small reusable eating utensil in my purse so I don’t find the need for plastic disposables – Amanda Holcomb
  3. I will bring my lunch and snacks in reusable containers each day – Debra
  4. I pledge to no longer use Saran Wrap I will use reusable, sealable containers – Meeshelle Buckmiller
  5. I’m going to stop using straws! – Kayla Adamy
  6. I am going to recycle paper and plastic bottles and cans instead of throwing them away. My mom has a recycling process at work that can make this happen. We can shred and recycle the paper and recycle the bottles as well – Jocelyn Correa
  7. I plan to completely stop using plastic water bottles to help the environment  -Rheanna Rincorn
  8. I will reduce the use of plastic in my life by bringing reusable utensils to school to eat my lunch, instead of plastic utensils! – Ashley Ganje
  9. I will use a reusable bag when shopping! – Tania Sanchez
  10. I pledge to bring reusable bags to the grocery store with me – Chaele Redding
  11. I will stop utilizing plastic in my everyday life! I always use a reusable container, at school, work, and home. I also have been not chewing gum because it is a synthetic rubber (aka plastic) – Shayna Welty
  12. I will try to remove every plastic product in my possession, as well as to stop using straws or plastic forks. – Gabriella Torch
  13. The way I want to give back is to use reuseable water bottles and by reusing my makeup containers – Kaycia Neal
  14. I’m inspired to start recycling more because I’m more aware of how much plastic my family goes through in a single day. My goal now is to start using containers instead of plastic baggies, using reusable bags for groceries the next time I go to the store and to ask restaurants to please fill my reusable drink container instead of wasting a cup. I’m going to bring awareness to my parents, siblings and my boyfriend as well so we can all start recycling together!  –
  15. One way I would like to reduce my plastic use is by buying in bulk. By doing this I would not have so many throw away bags that hold items like nuts, flour, sugar etc. – Hayley Brooke
  16. I will start refusing plastic bags at the grocery store! – Amber Diller
  17. Hey I have a bad thing I always do which is buy bottled water. I’ve been slowly trying not to buy them and just use a reusable water bottle. Also, I want to start using reusable bags when I shop. – Dylan Anthony
  18. I will bring reusable bags whenever I go to the store to buy something and be more aware when grocery shopping about what my food is packaged in. I use reusables every day and when I go shopping I try to remember to bring reusable bags! – Michaela Murphy
  19. Not only do I use reusable cups wherever I go but I also use reusable bags when I go shopping. Also, when I make my coffee I use reusable k-cups. On top of that I also buy all of these things for others when they don’t have their own reusable. I believe everything we do matters, no matter how small. – Breighanne Skold
  20. Ever since I started at Aveda, I’ve started taking the train instead of using a car as much as I can, and have stopped using plastic bags. From today on out I promise I’ll always carry reusables in my purse which includes my own to-go bowls and cups, and will no longer use plastic utensils! – Whisper Bissonette
  21. I am going to make a huge effort in lowering my plastic consumption. I plan to do this by not using straws anymore! I also am going to invest in reusable grocery bags, and a water dispense. – Lauren Frost
  22. I plan on using less plastic by refusing straws every day! I never thought of that until the [Plastic Pollution Coalition] video!! Kendall Aragon
  23. I will not use a straw and I will always have a reusable! – Natalia Nali Mejias
  24. To reduce my use of disposable plastics, I will begin taking my totes to the grocery store!- Athena Hernandez
  25. I will stop using plastic bags – Jessica Baca
  26. I will not use plastic today because I brought my own glass ware with some mangoes in it -Tayla Maes
  27. I pledge to be more aware and reuse cups, bags, etc –Shane Burroughs
  28. I would like to be part of this challenge by not only having a reusable in school but when I go out to eat at my house and just every moment of everyday – Madison Baxter
  29. I would love to inspire my friends and family to fill their house with reusables and give them an understanding of why it’s so important!! – Alexi Ortega
  30. I will always use my reusable as well as recycle every day – Kaylee Bauer
  31. I am going to give back by carrying reusable utensils. I am dedicate to no longer accepting disposable plastic bags!– Cassandra Hagelund
  32. Getting the reusable paper, and spreading the word about reducing the use of plastic –Stephanie Wilhite
  33. I will do my part in minimizing plastic by always remembering to bring my reusable everywhere I go, not just here at school –Jorden Sellmer
  34. I will do my best to use reusables here and at home and educate my kids on protecting the Earth and make them aware of all the things we can do to help – Brenda Moreno
  35. Something I will do to reduce plastic usage in my life is to bring my reusable cup into Starbucks every single day from today on. I’m going to invest in one today! Thanks for keeping us aware – Hannah McVicker
  36. I am going to buy a few reusable bags for when I go grocery shopping, and also get a few more reusable so others always have one. I am starting to grow very passionate about this issue because I love the ocean, and I’m sad that the trash is filling my home. I want to cut out single use plastic from my life completely and am going to try my best to do so! – Carley Matthews
  37. Other than using a reusable cup every day, I have reusable totes for my groceries and for when I go shopping. 🙂 – Mona Buhlaigah
  38. I commit to reduce waste by switching over all cleaning products to biodegradable paper and reusable cloth. In addition, I will only use bags that are non-plastic when purchasing goods. – Mark Friend
  39. There are many way that I can eliminate plastic use in my life, first by using and bringing a reusable all the time, not buying plastic bottles, eating at places so I’m not wasting plastic containers. I live by treating the world with respect, it’s one of my best aspects. I will not by bottled soda and cut down on that so I can cut back on plastic use. I will recycle any plastic I can, and defiantly not liter. I understand how much we make an impact on the world and the ocean. I think more people should follow or live by this. – Andromada
  40. I am going to refuse plastic bags and always use my reusable cup. Avoid plastic when possible! – Whitney DESCAMP
  41. I want to make it more of a goal to use a reusable lunch bag instead of grabbing a plastic bag every day. I will continue bringing my reusable cups everywhere I go, not just to school. I want to help reverse the damage we have done to this planet. It is definitely concerning for future generations. – Nicole Gruszka
  42. Thanks for continuing to remind us that there is always something we can do to make a change. I’m going to quit using plastic bags from the grocery store and invest in reusable totes. – Raquel Valdez
  43. I will refuse plastic straws! – Alexzandra Rangel
  44. I am going to be transitioning to using reusable bags instead of plastic bags at the store! – Mackenzie Jones
  45. My name is Aundrea Quintana. I’m in nurturing. I am going to eliminate plastic by bringing a reusable bag every time I go to the grocery store. We always bring home so much plastic bags so I will bring my own from now on.
  46. I am in the process of transitioning to a water bubbler at home. I have to admit that my family buys water bottles and had been purchasing filter water products however it has been a bit pricey. So my goal is to buckle down on a one-time fee and purchase a water bubbler ? Danelle Ellis
  47. I just wanted to share that I have recently started carrying my own fabric bags to the grocery store instead of asking for paper! It really has been a focus of mine since earth month started and I like doing it! -Grey Homack
  48. I have started using a reusable snack bag made by the company konserve. I also am using reusable silverware. Yay. It feels good to care for Mother Earth. – Lacy Wurster
  49. I will contribute to helping the planet by bringing reusable bags to the grocery store. – Jen Essman
  50. I plan to take my reusable with me when I go out to eat so I don’t add more plastics to the ocean. – Stephanie Akbary

Today we became members of this coalition as set intention to take another step further to making a difference in this world. To learn more, visit Plastic Pollution

We ask all coalition members to share the following commitment:

* To work toward a world free of plastic pollution
* To work toward eliminating single-use disposable plastics
* To support initiatives to reduce the plastic footprint within your organization
* To participate in quarterly coalition meetings
* To act as a resource for other members of the coalition
* To share details regarding company-specific initiatives to eliminate the use of plastic
* To recruit new members to the coalition in order to keep new ideas flowing

courtesy Plastic Pollution Coalition

courtesy Plastic Pollution Coalition


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07 Apr Inspire Greatness Cat Walk for Water for Aveda Earth Month 2016

Inspire Greatness Institutes take the stage for the annual Aveda Earth Month tradition: Cat Walk for Water. The Institutes in Denver, Colo and Phoenix, Ariz have already walked the walk and their sister Institutes in Provo, Utah and Tucson, Ariz will soon launch their shows, all in honor of Earth Month 2016.

Aveda Institute Denver kicked off their Earth Month events with their Cat Walk for Water on Saturday, April 4 alongside partner salon, La Tierra Salon and Day Spa in which 40 models took the stage and featured hair, makeup and upcycled looks inspired by recycling, composting and pollution. Looks were created by team, students and graduates. The show opened with a special sound healing featuring a drum circle, didgeridoo and chant to invoke the intention to create transformation: the idea that when we come together as a community with a common goal, we can transform and create change. The intention for this show is all about water conservation and supporting local partner, Western Resource Advocates to protect water resources in the West. The show raised $3,000 to go towards Aveda Institute Denver’s goal of $65,000. Aveda Institute Denver Phoenix also kicked off their Earth Month with their Cat Walk for Water and raised $1,800 from their show.

The shows primarily focus on hair and makeup using only Aveda products; however, some models did wear upcycled garments made from various materials like Aveda packaging, Aveda color tubes, paper products, aluminum foil sheets, soda cans, plastic water bottles, post-consumer goods, compostable materials that naturally return to the earth, and materials donated by Eco Products, a Boulder-based company supplying natural compostable materials like cups, plates, cutlery.

The Provo Institute is changing up the Cat Walk for Water theme with a fashion show called “Fashion 2 Trashion'” featuring designs made out of recycled materials and materials from Kinabuti, a Nigerian-based design house. The show is presented by the team and students on Earth Day, Friday 4/22 at 6 pm. Tickets range from $10-$42. Aveda Institute Tucson will host its Cat Walk for Water on Saturday, 4/23 at 6 pm. The show carries the same theme as Denver and Phoenix but will be hosted at the Arizona History Museum. Tickets are available on and range from $15-$40.

All shows support Earth Month partner, Western Resource Advocates. Visit the Inspire Greatness Institutes on Instagram for more pictures from the shows and future show info @inspireaveda.

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22 Mar World Water Day

Exactly one month away from Earth Day, today we celebrate WORLD WATER DAY. Here, at Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes in Denver, Colo; Tucson and Phoenix, Az and Provo, Utah we are naturally, inspired to take a moment of wellness to reflect on water conservation locally and clean water rights globally.

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Our Institutes are each working to raise various amounts to collaborate with the entire Aveda global network to raise $6.5 million for Earth Month causes around the world. Here in the Rocky Mountain West, we are partnering with Western Resource Advocates to focus on water conservation with the Colorado River. Currently we are in a 14-year drought which has cause the Colorado River Basin (where the river meets the sea) to be dry for over 20 years. The Colorado River currently feeds seven states and three major cities, including Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In 20 years, the Colorado population alone is expected to double from nearly 4 to 8 million people.

In short, we are running out of water. Today, on World Water Day, we are given the gift of awareness. Today we can take a moment and ponder that the average person uses 200 gallons of water daily: water to grow foods, water for lawns and gardens, water to bath, water to wash dishes, water for laundry, water to drink. In our salons/spas we use water daily for services from shampooing guests and mixing water into products so our usage increases exponentially.

Through our efforts at Aveda to raise funding for Earth Month projects and initiatives, we have made positive change. In partnership with Global Green Grants, Aveda has worked to provide clean water resources to developing countries and communities. Mostly recently we helped create water resources for communities in India where we source our Amla for some of our products like Thickening Tonic and Invati. Years ago, about 1.2 billion people lacked access to clean, safe water. Currently this number has decreased to 750 million. Locally, Western Resource Advocates has been working with state, city and county on having sustainable solutions to water. Colorado, for the first time ever, now has a water plan!

Change is happening, thanks to our Aveda network and to supporters like you. We invite you to help us make a difference today. Visit our Crowdrise account to make a donation to our Earth Month campaigns in any of our locations: Denver, Phoenix, Tucson or Provo. Visit our area Facebook pages to find out about upcoming events like our annual Hair & Makeup Shows, Walk for Water, Services for the Earth and other initiatives.

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You help us make a difference. So, raise a glass of clean, fresh water – because we are so lucky we can just turn on a faucet and have access to water – and make a toast to honor World Water Day. Craving a creative way to save water? Consider our Shampure Dry Shampoo! Skip the shower, save water and still keep your hair feeling clean, fresh and ready-to-style! Or purchase our limited-edition Light the Way Earth Month Candles for a $12 donation, which will help provide water to a family of six for six months!

Aveda Earth Month 2016 – Think Global. Act Local.

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10 Mar Water Tips in and out of the Salon and Spa

Water Conservation in and out of the Salon and Spa 
Prepared by Aveda

Take these steps in your salon, spa, institute, Experience Center, and even home to save water. By using water more wisely you can help to save this precious resource and save money, too.

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Identify and complete these simple water conservation measures which are applicable to your business:

Contact your water utility to schedule a water use survey of your facility. Surveys are usually free and provide an easy way to identify the most effective means to save water in your salon/spa.
Keep an eye on your water bill and the water meter. A higher than usual water bill could signal a leak. Learn to read your water meter and review your bill for unusual increases to catch problems early and prevent additional, costlier problems. Click here for more info

Simple Water-Saving Tips

  • Turn off water when not in use (e.g. between cleansing and conditioning hair) and when rinsing color use the following steps to save water:
  • Rinse with water.
  • Turn water off.
  • Emulsify for 1 minute.
  • Rinse again.
  • Take the Water Flow Test: Use a bucket and a timer to measure how many gallons of water you use per minute for sinks, shampoo bowls and showers. Aim for a goal of 2.5 gallons per minute or less to avoid water waste.
  • Regularly check for and repair all leaks in your facility.
  • Remind staff to turn off water when not in use (e.g. between cleansing and conditioning hair).
  • Change window-cleaning schedule from “periodic” to “as required.”
  • Use dry-floor cleaning methods, followed by damp mopping, rather than spraying or hosing
    with water.
  • Retrofit existing fixtures and appliances to realize greater water savings.
  • Replace pre-1992 toilets with low-flow 1.6 gallon-per-flush toilets.
  • Install water saving devices such as low-flow aerators in kitchen-type faucets, low flow showerheads, ultra-low-flush toilets, water efficient washing machines and self-closing faucets. Ask your water utility about available rebate programs in your area.
  • Choose water efficient washing machines. Look for horizontal-axis washers that are ENERGY STAR qualified.
  • Look for the WaterSense® label when choosing plumbing and landscaping fixtures such as faucets, toilets, etc. You can view all current WaterSense® certified products at

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  • Mulch all non-turf areas.
  • Sweep your sidewalks and other hard surfaces with a broom rather than spraying with a garden hose.
  • Use repeat cycles when watering lawn or shrubs in clay soils (if you are planning to water for 8 minutes, water twice for 4 minutes each).
  • Modify your existing irrigation system to include drip irrigation, where feasible.
  • Test irrigation sprinklers 4 times per year to ensure proper operation and coverage.
  • Repair all broken or defective sprinkler heads, nozzles, lines and valves.
  • Adjust sprinklers for proper coverage—optimizing spacing and avoiding run-off onto paved surfaces. Your local water utility may be able to assist you with sprinkler adjustments.
  • Choose water-efficient shrubs, native plants and ground cover in place of turf.
  • If installing new turf, limit area and use drought-tolerant species.
  • Space sprinkler heads so the water from one sprinkler head reaches the adjacent
    sprinkler head.
  • Install rain shut-off devices as part of the irrigation/landscape control measures.
  • Renovate existing landscape to include native and drought-tolerant plants. (Water efficient landscape guidelines are available from your county extension service or local water agency/utility.)

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28 Mar Look Good, Do Good

Come join us in any of our locations on April 7th for AVEDA’s global cut a thon! All proceeds from this event will go to our local earth month partner Western Resource Advocates, to protect clean water! Book your appointment now (520) 207-2660!

(BTW, this number will let your book for any of our locations!)

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26 Mar An Aveda Earth Month History Lesson

Did you know…

-Since 1999, Aveda has raised $32 million dollars for clean water and water conservation causes across the globe?

-Last year, the Aveda network came together to raise $5.5 million dollars for Aveda Earth Month?

-Last year, the Inspire Greatness Institutes, contributed over $100k to Aveda Earth Month?

-This year, Aveda’s goal is $6 million dollars?

Why is this so important?  Lack of access to water and the lack of conservation are global issues.  Around the world, 780 million people lack access to clean water and it is one of the leading causes of infant deaths. (Source At the IG Institutes, we get to not only take care of our local communities through our Earth Month partner, Western Resource Advocates, but we also support the global cause through the sales of the limited edition Light the Way Candles.  Check out the video below, inspired by the artwork of children in India, for more info!  And stay tuned for more info about our Earth Month campaign and progress!

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