Consumers 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:
As wellness generators, spas – by their very nature and existence – promote health and well-being of their guests. A logical extension of spa activity is also to promote the health and wellness of not only the community in which the spa operates, but that of the wider environment and the planet as a whole. This is what spas in South Africa are increasingly aiming to achieve.
A ‘green spa’ not only promotes all-round well-being 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.
Green spas share many of the attributes listed below and should have ‘Green Policies’ that incorporate these principles available for guests to study.
Today, green spas are becoming the destinations of choice for 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.
Source: Odyssey magazine Issue 1 2011 (Charne le Roux)
Spas also potentially use large amounts of water (for laundry and various treatments) so enquire about what water conservation systems they have in place too.
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