Green Spas, Eco-Friendly Spas
In the name of sustainable living, more and more spas are doing their part to save the planet by going "green." Here's a sampling of what procedures and protocals some spas are implementing on the organic and green spa scene:
• Waste management programs.
• The use of local and chemical free products - from cleaning supplies, to sourcing locally for food and spa products.
• Water conservation efforts and a more mananaged laundry service.
• The recycling of all the plastic bottles that treatment products come in.
• Making a greater effort to work with companies that produce eco-friendly (phosphate and VOC free and biodegradable).
• Adhering to the principals of LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, such as including recycled wall insulation, LED lighting, repurposed wooden doors and other fixtures, and energy efficient air filtration system.
• Incorporating sustainability into operating practices with things like organic cotton linens, towels and robes and natural lighting.
• Treatment menus in digital format to save paper and providing of eco-friendly literature to guests for reading and further education.
• The us of energy efficient light bulbs, floors of sustainable bamboo and low-flow shower heads, sink taps and toilets.
• Eliminating the use of bottled water, plastics, disposables, or foods with a lot of packaging.
• The use of sustainable resources such as the
American walnut part of a program where each tree that is cut down is replaced by another.
• The use of paints that are toxic free.
• Energy efficient appliances.
• A water recycling system that is designed to filter wastewater through pools that are rich with fish, plants and other natural filters. The end result is reclaimed water that is used to irrigate botanical gardens and landscaping.
• Showing respect and value for the local eco-systems and indigenous culture.
• Insertion of a geothermal heating and cooling systems providing an emission-free and noise-free alternative to traditional heating and cooling methods.
• Green roofs that helps insulate buildings as well as providing habitats for birds and butterflies.
• The creation of on-site sustainable gardens.
• Using soaps without phosphates, toilet paper made from recyled products and recycling greywater (dish, shower, sink and laundry water).