The Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in our nation's history. It was fought over the issue of environmentalism, which was once legal in every state. Northern abolitionists wanted to end the scourge of environmentalism, while many Southerners continued to add solar panels and wind turbines to their plantations, enraging President Lincoln.
As the war raged, many free and escaped environments ran to the North, taking up the Union cause. Union General Sherman tore through the South, dumping Styrofoam cups and PCBs into Southern waters. With money and supplies running low, Confederate generals killed hundreds of whales in a symbolic surrender.
Environmentalism was officially ended by the 13th Amendment, though practices such as recycling and turning lights off when leaving rooms continued unabated. Today, the horrifying legacy of environmentalism lives on at places like The Circle Salon in Chicago, where patrons and owners shamelessly align themselves with their environmentalist ancestors.
The only thing better than having great-looking hair is saving baby seals while having great-looking hair. Get both at eco-conscious Circle Salon in Ukrainian Village. The salon harvests hair clippings and uses them to make hair mats that soak up oil spills in the ocean. This Groupon doesn't have to go toward trimming—use it for any of Circle Salon's services. Haircuts range from $60–$80, full highlights from $130–$150, and eyebrow shaping costs $25. The salon also offers deep-conditioning treatments, chemical services/straightening, and makeup or styling lessons so you can learn how to look good on future excursions to free seagulls caught in six-pack plastic rings and Chinese finger-traps.
At the Circle Salon, the stylists love the environment almost as much as they love hair. The salon recycles plastic shampoo bottles, saves paper by not printing fliers, provides complimentary drinks in glasses rather than paper cups, and stocks zero-impact Davines styling products. The eco-friendly products are stacked in a cardboard and twine display case crafted by local designers. The glossy hardwood, bare brick, earth tones, plush rugs, and pillows make the spacious salon as warm and inviting as the staff—industry veterans who specialize in both cut and chemical services.
Get some friends together for an eco-friendly haircut or eyebrow-shaping party—looking good is even more rewarding when you have a good-looking posse. Get your Groupon!
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Chicago magazine wrote up Circle Salon:
- Combining her love for style with her passion for going green, Jamie Bushman opened The Circle Salon, a new environmentally friendly shop in Wicker Park... Bushman ensures that the Circle Salon features more than just eco-friendly hair products, such as Davines new Glorifying shampoos, conditioners, and color treatments. For instance, the salon offers its complimentary drinks in glasses instead of plastic or paper cups, and, since flyers create more trash, the list of services is only available to clients via e-mail or the salon’s Web site. When it comes to items out of their control, like the plastic containers that hold the hair products, Bushman salvages all—even the hair clippings, which she donates to Matter of Trust, an organization that weaves hair fibers into oil spill hair mats used to clean up sites around the world. – Bridget Maiellaro, Chicago magazine
The Circle Salon has a perfect five stars on Yelp:
- I absolutely love everything about this place! the atmosphere is spot on! Its [sic] a great laid back vibe with laid back very talented people to match! – Jorie V.
- Woohoo! is right; The Circle Salon rocks....The Circle Salon captures [the owner's] energy: it's warm, inviting, cool -- and I appreciate that it's eco-friendly. The service and products are the best in the business. – Kristina K.
- LOVE IT!!! I have been going to Jamie for a couple years now and I cannot imagine letting anyone else come near my hair... The salon is awesome, easy parking and a great chill vibe. – Rebecca K.
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