across the world, and in particular those with a special interest in the
hospitality and wellness industries, are increasingly asking important
questions about the products and trading practices that apply to the businesses
that they frequent:
their products continuously re-usable, or biodegradable so that,
eventually, they replenish the earth?
there any social or community benefits in the production of their products?
their products really good for us as consumers and the environment?
they conduct ethical trade?
their businesses consume resources in a sustainable way?
wellness generators spas, by their very nature and existence, promote the
health and wellbeing of their guests. A logical extension of Spa activity is to
also promote the health and wellness of the planet and also the community in
which the Spa operates and this is what Spas in South Africa are increasingly
aiming to achieve.
Green Spa not only promotes all-round wellbeing for guests, but also operates a
sustainable business model, relying on and promoting a harmonious relationship
with its surrounding landscape and communities.
The underlying philosophy is that personal wellness connects with and is
interdependent on earth- and community wellness.
Spas share many of the attributes listed below and should have their Green
Policies that incorporate these principles available for guests to study.
Green Spas are committed
to reduce harmful practices and exposure to harmful substances and are open to
learning, adopting and implementing new environmentally friendly strategies and
Green Spas strive to
conserve natural resources and operate in environments that promote health and
wellbeing. For example, a Green Spa building will create a healthier and
consequently more productive environment to work and provide therapy in. The
subsequent benefits are transferred to the experience of the Spa guest, adding
wellness value to the therapies themselves.
Green Spas adopt energy
conservation practices and incorporate fixtures and fittings that comply with
such practices. The conservation of energy translates into a reduction in
carbon emissions and an overall smaller carbon footprint for the Spa.
Green Spas are committed
to using materials which can be recycled, follow recycling practices and
actively promote waste reduction.
Green Spas incorporate
natural or organic skin care products in their therapies and actively encourage
their guests to apply this thinking in their personal health regimes at home.
Green Spas promote the
wellbeing of their communities by participating in community projects and
contracting with their local communities for the delivery of products and
services wherever possible.
Green Spas also share
their concern for the planet’s wellbeing with guests and set ongoing examples
of Green living and Green thinking.
Green Spas are becoming the destinations of choice for a discerning
clientele. Spa owners and managers already appreciate that prospective
Spa guests will begin to weigh a Spa’s environmental- and community upliftment
policies and will reward those Spas who have shown to have incorporated
authentic, natural and indigenous treatments, hired local staff and contributed
to the local communities.
recognition of the need to identify Spas with green policies in place, the
South African Spa Association (SASA) has published a Spa Index with special
indicators for such Spas. The Spa Index can be obtained from SASA at www.saspaassociation.co.za.
and Green Spa owner Charne le Roux has also published The Green Spa Guide,
which takes a very specific look at the spa and wellness industry and provides
step-by-step guidelines and a holistic pathway to a sustainable business using
Green principles. The golden thread connecting each page is that personal
wellness is inextricably linked to and in harmony with planetary wellness. The
Green Spa Guide is available from www.greenspa.co.za
and many of the larger book retail outlets.