What Makes Us Green?
Green Spa Network
What Consitutes a green spa?
By now most people are somewhat familiar with green business operations and the reasons for operating a business with the environment in mind. As with many industries in the United States and abroad, the spa industry is beginning to realize the impact it has on the environment due to the high use of energy, water and waste. In addition, the fact that spas are places that consumers seek out for stress reduction, detoxification, and skin care, places them in an excellent position to educate clients about the environment’s impact on one’s health and wellness. It is fitting then that spa operators are concerned with educating consumers about taking care of the environment just as they would their physical bodies.
In the United States, the spa industry is comprised of nearly 14,000 facilities generating 9.7 billion in annual revenues. Spas are a leading leisure industry and naturally suited to be at the forefront of the green movement. This industry typically utilizes environmental resources for a wide array of water-based treatments, laundry services and disposable items used in spa services making it a major consumer of water, energy, and natural resources. Adopting green practices not only reduces environmental impact, but also raises environmental awareness among spa clientele and contributes to the financial performance.
There are several areas in which spas can have a positive impact on the environment: