Monthly Archives: October 2021

Can COP15 inspire greater biodiversity in the spa industry?

As the United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP26 – came to an end last week, you’d be hard pressed to find an individual who wasn’t invested in it’s outcome.  However, while world leaders looked to solve the pressing issue of a changing climate, the UN’s Conference on Biological Diversity – COP15 – was also […]

Seven Ele|Na spas at Atmosphere Hotels|Resorts join SSA

Seven Ele|Na spas across the Maldives are joining the Sustainable Spa Association, with the view of achieving full accreditation during 2022. All seven spas are located at properties operated by Atmosphere Hotels|Resorts.  Five of the properties joined SSA in October 2021, with two to follow next year. The five new SSA members are Oblu nature […]

The business case of sustainability – Rupert Schmid, co-chair of Biologique Recherche

Sustainability and financial success go hand-in-hand – but only if a company’s or a brand’s approach to sustainability is part of a wider, corporate social responsibility strategy. That is the message from Rupert Schmid, co-chair of Biologique Recherche – a brand partner of SSA. Biologique Recherche CSR programme has been underway for several years now […]

Zerowaste by Urb’n Nature expands its range of 100 per cent plastic-free products

ZeroWaste by Urb’n Nature, a Sustainable Spa Assocation brand partner, has expanded its product range and is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of natural, plastic-free hotel and spa amenities. We spoke to the company and asked it to outline its sustainability journey. Our story Going Zerowaste and being 100% sustainable is […]

Q&A: Spa Experience’s Melissa Evans chats to the SSA about social sustainability, community, and the importance of keeping it local

After five Spa Experience facilities became Sustainable Spa Association members this month, we caught up with Melissa Evans, National Spa Manager at Spa Experience to find out about their journey towards a more sustainable future… What is Spa Experience and how was it formed? Could you tell me a bit about the background of the […]

Sustainable, Beauty and the Spa Industry. Our Q&A with Davide Bollati, Chair of Davines Group

Davide Bollati, chair of Davines Group, is a true pioneer of sustainability. He joined Davines, his family company, in 1992, having first completed a degree in pharmacy from Parma University and a masters in cosmetic science from Farleigh Dickinson University in the US.  His leadership of Davines, the parent company of SSA brand partner Comfort […]

Renewable and self-generating energy solutions – what are they?

An increasing number of businesses are waking up to the benefits of using renewable energy. As well as dramatically reducing carbon footprints, many of the modern renewables can also provide huge savings in energy costs, especially in the long run. And as we’ve all seen with the recent volatility in the gas and oil markets, […]

Barons Eden completes £14million investment in Hoar Cross Hall refurbishment

Hoar Cross Hall, the Barons Eden-owned luxury hotel and spa located in the heart of Staffordshire, has reopened its doors following an extensive £14 million refurbishment. Known as one of Europe’s largest and most luxurious spas, and a Staffordshire gem, the refurb saw the 150-year-old property’s 97 bedrooms, three restaurants, award-winning full-service spa and communal […]

SSA Co-Founder Lucy Brialey named on “50 Good Souls” list

Sustainable Spa Association Co-Founder, Lucy Brialey, has this month appeared on Good Soul Hunting’s, “The 50 Good Souls” list after being hand-selected as part of the executive search company’s week-long first birthday celebrations. The list, which compiles 50 people to have shaped their industry over the past 12 months, includes a range of successful entrepreneurs, […]

Greater consumer sustainability options with Sustainable Spa Association partnership with

With almost three-quarters of spas realising the importance of environmental issues to consumers, the Sustainable Spa Association is delighted to continue its successful partnership with spa booking company The organisations share common values and goals, aiming to provide and enhance the number of established spa operators in becoming an environmentally friendly force for change. […]

Fifth annual World Wellness Weekend a big success

The latest edition of the annual World Wellness Weekend has been declared a huge success, with millions of people around the world taking part in activities during the three days from 17 to 19 September 2021. The event promotes healthy lifestyles through safe, fun and free activities, in alignment with the United Nations’ third Sustainable […]

Hoar Cross Hall appoints new Managing Director to take the helm

Barons Eden, the luxury hotel and spa group which owns Staffordshire retreat, Hoar Cross Hall, and Nottinghamshire Day Spa, Eden Hall, has announced the appointment of new Managing Director of Hoar Cross Hall, Michael Stott. Stott has over 30 years’ experience in the leisure, travel and hospitality industry, having previously held senior positions at a […]

Davines launches Rethinking Plastic campaign

The Davines Group has launched a global campaign aimed at preventing 100 tons of plastic from reaching the sea. Davines – the parent firm of Sustainable Spa Association brand partner Comfort Zone – will work in partnership with social enterprise Plastic Bank on the campaign.  Plastic Bank was set up to prevent plastic ending up in the […]

Tracy Brasenell speaks to SSA on long-term sustainability improvements by staff

Sustainability has never been more important than it currently is, in our ever-changing, COVID-19-disrupted world.  As employers, we’ve seen first hand how members across our teams have become even more engaged in sustainability and more mindful of their own impact on the planet – partly due to the pandemic. Therefore, it is a great opportunity […]