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70-Year Old Hair Salon Entrepreneur Gains National Recognition For “Being Green”

By Michael Richmond

“When I started this business, I wanted to do more than just be the best hair salon in the area. I also wanted to be the most eco-friendly shop in town and insure that I did everything I possibly could to protect our precious environment in the process” stated 70-year old Nancy Boltz of Bee Beautiful in Hunt Valley, MD.After an independent third-party review of her business practices and facility, it was concluded that not only did Ms. Boltz live up to her words, but her “green” salon has gone well beyond anyone’s expectations.

Jean Cozzolino, a certified Green Consultant(TM) with Greener Perspectives, in person inspected Ms. Boltz’s building and, upon conclusion of her official Green Assessment, stated “In working with many eco-friendly businesses over the past year, I can undoubtedly state for the record that this is one the top examples of what a determined individual can achieve when they set their mind to it. Not only did Bee Beautiful instantly qualify for national certification through the Green Business League, she qualified at the “Platinum” level of certification, an achievement that less than 10% of those businesses audited ever accomplish.”

To earn her coveted “Platinum” certification, her salon has bamboo floors, solar tinting on windows to reduce cooling costs, separate ventilation system for color and nail rooms, all EnergyStar appliances, CFL bulbs almost everywhere, low-flush toilets to conserve water, no VOC paints, and much, much more. In fact, Ms. Boltz even sends her cuttings to a company that uses hair to help collect the oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

When knowledgeable of these findings, Boltz noted”Sure I’m confident of the things I’ve done but I’m loyal to doing even more. I know I’m 70 but, in today’s world, you have a responsibility not only to your clients and workers but also to the public and the environment. I just want to make sure I’m doing my part to help the environment and people’s health.”

Plus, maybe because she’s also a grandmother, there are always cookies and snacks accessible to regulars. From easy haircuts to full-body treatments, Nancy Boltz and Bee Beautiful always keep an eye on the environment. Bee Beautiful offers a complete menu of salon and spa services but they also take pride on being both serene and green.

It was a delight to award them this small acknowledgment for their success. Ms. Cozzolino noted that “It’s always a privilege to work with any firm that is authentically dedicated to minimizing its harmful impact on the environment, but Nancy Boltz and Bee Beautiful are extraordinary.

If you would want to know more about Bee Beautiful, you can go to their website at If you would want to know more about national certification, you can go to Greener Perspectives is certified Green Consultant business under the Green Business League who are internationally known.

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Richmond, Michael "70-Year Old Hair Salon Entrepreneur Gains National Recognition For “Being Green”." 70-Year Old Hair Salon Entrepreneur Gains National Recognition For “Being Green”. 22 Jun. 2010. 24 Oct 2015 <>.

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