Category Archives: The SSA

InSPAtour 2022 edges closer with Italian spa specialist and blogger Raffaella Dallarda set to visit later this year

As announced before Christmas, the “InSPAtour” 2022 is coming to the UK this June, which will see European Wellbeing Specialist, Spa Blogger and Founder of INSPATIME, Raffaella Dallarda, join forces our SSA Co-Founder, Lucy Brialey, to visit, audit, and highlight sustainability in spas across the country. With consumers not only more conscious of their own […]

Impact assessments – showing where we are

The Sustainable Spa Association (SSA), just like its spa members and brand partners, is responding to increased demand for measurable impactful results. Since its launch, the SSA has relied on an impact assessment tool which has measured the results achieved by its members and partners since the non-profit association was launched in 2019-20.  In January […]

Wellbeing resort operator Therme Group secures sustainability success as part of UN’s COP26 conference

Global wellbeing company – Therme Group – recently launched its ground-breaking partnership in the field of vertical farming at COP26 in Glasgow. This will see large-scale urban farms developed at Therme Group’s wellbeing destinations worldwide, allowing sustainable and locally grown, nutrient-rich fresh produce to be available to their locations all year round. The partnership brings […]

Italian spa specialist and blogger Raffaella Dallarda set to visit UK in 2022

After a difficult couple of years for everyone, including spa operators, resorts and consumers, people have never been more aware of their own health and wellbeing, with consumers now wanting advice on health, nutrition, wellbeing, more than ever before. As an industry that operates solely within the remit of making people happier, healthier and restored, […]

First-year success for our sustainable #SpaWasteNotChallenge!

Earlier this year, we launched our very first #SpaWasteNotChallenge, open to all spas around the world, inspired by the core principle of circular economy, which is that nothing should go straight to waste. The #SpaWasteNotChallenge was created in collaboration with sustainability and circular economy expert Stephanie Hodgson from Meet The Five R’s. The challenge focused […]

“A very encouraging business revolution happening right before our eyes.”

Hello from Lucy Brialey, Co-Founder and Director of The Sustainable Spa Association. 2021 has been an exceptional year for focus on sustainability matters with the mindset and activity from the Global Spa and Wellness Sector certainly not being left behind but in fact being given a prime time to shine. The conversation around sustainable wellness, […]

Powerful Allies partners with SSA – interview with joint MD Sean Midgley

Powerful Allies was founded by former commercial helicopter pilot James Robson in 2010, after he set out to tackle and counter the wide-spread practice of mis-selling energy contracts. Driven by the desire to make things better, he set up the company to serve as a trusted partner – rather than a traditional broker – to […]

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, […]