Taunton salon trials fully recyclable capes to help boost its sustainability

A TAUNTON salon is offering its clients extra protection from water and colour while trialling a switch from disposable plastic capes to an environmentally friendly alternative boosting the business’ sustainability (October 2021).

Vital is the first salon in Taunton to trial CARTIM Recyclables’ hairdressing shoulder capes, which are made from sugar cane waste and offer a carbon positive solution to plastic waste.

Nick Martin, Founder and Director of the salon on Corporation Street, says: “We’re very excited to be the first salon in Taunton to trial CARTIM’s innovative and planet-friendly shoulder capes.

“With concerns about plastic waste and water usage growing in the personal care industry, we’re delighted to be taking steps to make our business more sustainable and reduce our impact on the environment. It’s something we know our clients are passionate about and, as a team, we’re also very committed to doing our bit to help reduce our carbon footprint.”

As more businesses place sustainability at the core of their practices, CARTIM Recyclables hopes that it can continue to support hairdressers, barbers, beauty therapists and home care companies, as they have with Vital, to reduce their commercial waste and increase sustainability.

CARTIM Recyclables’ Director, Carole Champion says: “It’s great to be supporting Vital with a trial of our Polyair™ shoulder capes. They are the first hairdresser in Taunton to move towards a more sustainable future.

“Our shoulder capes offer a high level of protection, which is a concern for clients in the personal care industry who want to protect their customers’ clothes. This fills a need for barbers and hairdressers, while also continuing to keep customers safe in the months following Covid restrictions when customers are focused on hygiene and single use plastic alternatives are not an option if we’re to reduce landfill and become more earthy-friendly.

“Our shoulder capes also reduce water consumption as they do not need to be washed like fabric capes, which is great news for the planet while being more economical for small businesses.


“Our Polyair™ capes offer the highest standard of hygiene without compromising the planet. We’re now working towards supplying our planet-positive products to even more hairdressers and barbers in Taunton. Anyone who would like to find out how they can trial our capes, gowns or aprons for free should call us on 01458 272057 or visit www.cartimrecyclables.co.uk.”

CARTIM Recyclables’ shoulder capes are designed to protect a hairdresser or barber’s clients against hair, water and colour.

Made from Polyair™, its capes are the only 100% recyclable, carbon neutral material currently available and are PAS2050 carbon neutral certified.

Carole continues: “This is truly the greenest material we know of and it will help hairdressers and barbers improve their green credentials and dramatically reduce their carbon footprints.

“Polyair™ is a soft, clear material that provides a commercially viable alternative to standard polythene. It is bio-based and is made from sugar cane waste. It’s the process of photosynthesis as the plant grows that makes this material carbon neutral and our product 100% recyclable.”

Polyair™ is manufactured in Witney, Oxfordshire and extruded, cut and packed exclusively at the CARTIM factory in Somerset, resulting in a ‘Made In Britain’ product.

Capes are available in two sizes and customers can choose between 80cm x 120cm or 60cm x 120cm.

Every business that uses the capes will receive a certificate stating that for every 100kg of Polyair™ used, 260kg of CO2 is prevented from entering the atmosphere.

CARTIM Recyclables is the sister company to Needles and Pins (UK) Ltd and Tica Lily Ltd.

Carole adds: “Tica Lily is another exciting venture of ours that has recently launched offering wonderful household and clothing collections made from 100% linen.”

The team at CARTIM Recyclables cut and pack its shoulder capes in its Somerton factory, then deliver and collect the used items from its clients for recycling.

For more information about CARTIM Recyclables, which is based in Somerton, please call 01458 272057 or visit www.cartimrecyclables.co.uk.