Category Archives: Insights

What is Triple Bottom Line – and how can spa businesses benefit from it?

The “Triple Bottom Line” (or TBL) approach to measuring the results of a business is gaining ground across all sectors of the global economy. In essence, TBL is based on the theory that companies should spend just as much effort in focusing on social and environmental concerns, as they do on profits. Put simply, TBL […]

Four Seasons resorts in Asia step up environmental efforts

Four Seasons Resorts Asia is an example of a large spa operator which has recognised its responsibility in minimising its impact on the environment and engage in conservation practices. Through local community partnerships, sustainable practices and education, the group’s resorts have committed to creating positive change and to advance environmental initiatives. Among the group’s resorts […]

Whatley Manor bags Sustainable Business Award at UK hospitality industry “Oscars”

Sue Williams collecting Best Sustainable Business Award

Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa has won the Sustainable Business Award of the year at the Cateys – considered the “Oscars” of the UK hospitality industry. The Sustainable Spa Association (SSA) member beat two other finalists – 15Hatfields in London and Hickory Food – for the prestigious award. First held in 1984 and organised by The Caterer magazine, […]

Preidlhof wins prestigious FoodTrekking Award

Upcycling and sustainability inspire new guest experience at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, Bali

The holistic eating philosophy deployed at Preidlhof – a Sustainable Spa Association member spa – has been awarded a prestigious FoodTrekking Award. The Merano, Italy-based resort won the award for its culinary approach, described as “Food to heal and stimulate all the senses”. Reserved for guests on a retreat, the new Wellness Healing Gourmet Menu […]

A dose of vitamin Bee…

Spa hotel operator Barons Eden has made a bee-line for an innovative way to help tackle climate change when it comes to sourcing food items. The company – which operates two Sustainable Spa Association member properties (Hoar Cross Hall and Eden Hall) – has installed a number of beehives at its hotels. “At Barons Eden, […]

Q&A: Julia Kleber of KPRN Aqua discusses the importance of water looping, conservation and management

Headshot of Julia Kleber

Given the ever-changing landscape of the water sector, we sat down with Julia Kleber, CEO of KPRN Aqua, to discuss all things water looping, conservation, recycling, and management, and how it applies to the spa and wellness industry. How did KPRN Aqua begin and where was the idea formed? “My background is within the tourism […]

Healing Thermal Waters – Italy

Contributed by Cinzia Galletto – Sustainable Spa Association Ambassador The use of thermal waters for hydrotherapy, in the Mediterranean basin, was known since ancient times, as evidenced by the archaeological finds, by the literary and scientific testimonies, by the numerous epigraphs. These are treatments that have remained essentially unchanged for twenty-four centuries, with ups and downs […]

Meet Stephanie and MeetthefiveRs

Stephanie Hodgson is our campaign partner and the brains behind our #spawastenotchallenge launching this week. Stephanie currently runs a project called MeetthefiveRs, referring to the five R’s of a circular economy: reduce, reuse, recycle, repair and return. This is an information sharing platform that is open source and non-profit. Through collaboration with local businesses and […]

Circular Economy EXPLAINED

We are proud to partner with Stephanie Hodgson from @MeetthefiveRs. This post is part of our collaborative series which will introduce you to the CIRCULAR ECONOMY and eventually our #SpaWasteNotChallenge.  Written for the Sustainable Spa Association by Stephanie Hodgson from MeetthefiveRs Traditionally, we have taken or extracted materials from the earth and our natural world, […]

Consumers are making sustainability a growth opportunity for our spas

88% of consumers want you to help them make a difference. Does your spa help people make choices for the better? In Futerra’s survey of over 1000 consumers in the U.K. and the USA they discovered that 96% of people feel their own actions such as donating, recycling or buying ethically made a difference to […]

Lets Talk – Rona Tait of TDS Commercial tells us more about laundry options for the spa industry that support sustainable business goals.

Laundries are often the silent partners of the spa industry.  When looking into reducing chemical and water usage.  Can our laundry partners can help spas to reach sustainability goals? Laundries are truly collaborative partners to the spa and hospitality industry and can greatly contribute towards fulfilling the sustainability goals of the spas and their clients. […]

Let’s talk – Tracey Brasenell shares more insight about the launch of Sacred Nature

What were the key reasons Sacred Nature was Developed? As you know at [comfort zone] we are a luxury, experiential, spa & skin care company that has sustainability, people and the planet at the heart of everything we do. The Planets overconsumption and over-reliance on fossil fuels has caused: • An excess of CO2 in […]

The SSA Global Survey

The SSA is undertaking the first-ever Global Survey into sustainability. By collecting a substantial amount of industry-specific data, we will gain important insights into attitudes, knowledge and implementation of sustainability. It is a time of huge global change. We believe that during these difficult times we must not to lose sight of the importance of […]