The Sustainable Spa Association is a not-for-profit organisation launched in 2019 by Directors, Lucy Brialey and Rob Cooper. It works with spa destinations to reduce the impact of their daily operations on environmental issues and helps communities affected by environmental damage. Here, Directors Lucy and Rob tell us more about what they do and why they do it…
Clarins’ plastic commitments
Eco-friendly design and creative delivery are linked: from choosing the active ingredients to packaging, Clarins favors the most environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing processes.Therefore, Clarins applies these principles to their product design to gradually reduce the product’s environmental impact and also minimize the use of natural resources by using: fitted cases, lightweight packaging, renewable materials and where possible, recycled materials.Clarins mainly offers recyclable packaging: glass and cardboard make up 63% of Clarins’ packaging.
By 2025, all new Clarins products on the market will have recyclable packaging or include at least 50% recycled materials.
The Sustainable Spa Association (SSA) is a new trade body set for launch in the first quarter of this year.
The not-for-profit, member-based, association is being set up by spa professionals Lucy Brialey, distributor of nutrition brand Hech and former group head of spa for Aspria, and Robert Cooper, managing director of eco towel manufacturer Scrummi Spa.
Learn how the operators of five properties in the U.S.A are forerunners in the environmentally friendly spa field.
Ever since a “green” spa philosophy was pioneered by Mexico’s Rancho La Puerta in the 1940s, the path to client and environmental wellness has been paved by passionate thought leaders who view sustainability as a responsibility rather than a trend.
Along with eco-friendly spa practices, guests have also evolved to be more savvy, and connect their personal well-being with social and environmental health. “According to a 2013 American Lives marketing survey, there’s a 90 percent overlap between wellness-oriented consumers and environmentally oriented consumers,” says Rianna Riego, founder of spa consultancy firm Global SpaVantage and recent executive director of brand & wellness at Two Bunch Palms, California. “We need to fully commit to reform as a way of signaling our intention to tread as lightly as we can on this Earth.”
Exceptional spas establish sustainable practices that go beyond plastic recycling, paper reduction and the use of nontoxic products. The U.S. Green Building Council reports that LEED-certified criteria can provide nearly 40 percent of the global climate change challenge through cost-efficient and energy-saving green building design, construction, operation and maintenance. But that’s just a part of the solution. As demonstrated by the following five inspiring spas, there are endless innovative ways business owners can make significant local and global impacts.