- Major chemical use - nail polish remover (frequently acetone), undercoat, nail polish, top coat, aerosol finishing spray. None of this stuff smells too good and usually isn't too good for the environment either. And let's not forget all the lotions and scrubs you can add on.
- Major water use - lots of soaking in the foot tubs, then rinsing of the tubs. And, given the opportunities for fungus, etc - let's hope it's all fresh clean water.
- Major electrical use - those massaging chairs probably take more energy than your typical armchair.
- Animal rights - have you ever heard of the fish pedicure?!
The good news is that there ARE more environmentally-friendly options. Acetone-free removers do exist. Ventilation in salons is getting better. And eco-friendly nail salons do exist. Pretty cool for a culture that has fairly stringent expectations for personal grooming. (Of course, the most environmentally friendly option is to go au naturale)