Spas Making A Difference

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.