More Green To Go Green In the Spa

SS Member Image By drodriguez 08.27.08
More Green To Go Green In the Spa
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One cannot travel too far these days without hearing of the latest business that has “gone green.”  Incorporating environmentally conscious ideas into business has caught on in a big way.  A recent article in the New York Times reveals that our local spas seem to be headed in the green direction as well.

The growing trend in spas has been to bring in locally grown items to use in a number of their treatments and upping the price tag deeming it environmentally friendly.  According to the International Spa Association more than 28 percent of spas nationwide used local ingredients last year.  

Though some spas have included indigenous items in their treatments for many years, the trend is now growing with a greater demand from customers.  Spa-goers around the world are willing to pay more for certain services if they are believed to be environmentally responsible.

The idea of any company taking steps to lighten their carbon footprint sounds great, but of course there are some critics who feel their heart may not be in the right place.  Jessica Jensen, founder of an online resource to help consumers live eco-friendly (Low Impact Living), believes there are two kinds of companies, “ones that are genuinely dedicated to these issues and incorporate them into every aspect of their business, and then other companies trying to put a varnish on their business in the form of putting a few green techniques here and there.

Whether spa owners are truly activists for the environment or just out to make an extra buck off the latest “organic”, “locally grown” buzz words they are coming up with increasingly creative offerings on their menus.  Many look to local vineyards, deserts, and rock formations to come up with the new body wrap or manicure.  

One Pittsburgh spa attempts to attract clients to their $140 “Stimulating Hot Cocoa Facial” by doling out edible chocolate treats in the waiting room.  Though this particular spa boasts the use of using chocolate from a local ice cream shop, it leaves out the part about importing the cocoa beans from Africa.  Woops.

What do you think of the new trend in spas to go green?

Would you dole out the extra cash for a more environmentally friendly spa treatment?
 

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  • terrypear By terrypear
    10.31.09  

    Green is the way to go especially since many are becoming sicker these days & a lot could be due to the harsh chemicals that are in our cleaning products. That's why I've partnered with a Health & Wellness Company that's based out of Idaho. We?re a 23 year old, billion dollar international corporation. This company produces "green" products we all use every day. They are highly concentrated (saves money) and work really well, better than store bought ones. I do not sell products or make deliveries, but I do advertise for the company and then set up customer accounts so they can shop direct. My purpose is to share a web cast presentation to anyone who's interested in getting the toxins out of their home (& the environment, too) as well as learning about an opportunity for earning extra money. Please contact me at www.TeamVitality.com/terry

  • survive50 By survive50
    09.18.08  

    Going green is great. I would pay some more but not a lot. A spa is a luxury

  • kperkins By kperkins
    09.13.08  

    Going green is such an easy thing, I commend those businesses that attempt to make our environment healthier.

  • kgoodman By kgoodman
    09.05.08  

    I definitely like the idea of organic/natural products. I feed my son almost all organic foods. However, I do not like the current trend of companies capitalizing on people's desire for a better environment. What good are organic products if no one but the elite can afford them? I think what needs to be focused on is making organic/natural products more widely available and and cost effective. A person making minimum wage does not have the luxury to choose the more expensive items that may be better for the environment - they have to choose what will be able to sustain their family and give them the best value.

    Aside from that, I am indifferent to the services offered at spas and salons.

  • ntraldzigns By ntraldzigns
    09.05.08  

    I also have a blod that I have to get back into but if anyone is interested and would like to post products or articles its EcoSistas.ning.com

  • ntraldzigns By ntraldzigns
    09.05.08  

    I agree being organic should cost less not more I myself am a licensed cosmetologist looking to incorporate green products in the salon. Eventually I want to open my own Natural Spa using organic ingredients that dont cost alot with the economy the way it is, we should be thinking along those lines of lowering product costs

  • Salemsw By Salemsw
    08.31.08  

    I am all for going green!! I went to a spa and had a seaweed wrap--It was great - the women was saying how the spa was going green--etc-etc..but then she put Saran wrap over the seaweed on my body--so how is that going green???

  • jennfc24 By jennfc24
    08.29.08  

    As a new mother, I definitely am more aware of ways to help our environment. I would have to agree with some other comments of spas just being in it for the $. I do like the idea of products containing ingredients that are naturally occuring vs. ones that are chemically generated.

  • danesmom By danesmom
    08.29.08  

    I would love to say I would spend the extra money on organic/greener spa products, but I already live in Hawaii where things cost much more than average anway. Unfortuantly our budget just does not allow it. We do our part at home by recycling, composting, watching our water/electricity waste, solar panels, no harsh chemicals used, reusuable shopping bags and we do eat some organic/local products. I really wish it was easier/cheaper to go greener everywhere outside the home. I think all companies should take a greener approach on applicable products and services. I think it's great that spas are jumping in on the trend as well. Maybe someday the government will jump in and make greener products cheaper and more accessible for even the middle class(since it is the largest), so that the environment can actually reap the benefits from a greener economy.

  • kyokun By kyokun
    08.29.08  

    THE GREENER A COMPANY BECOMES THE BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, AND IT COMES TO ENVIRONMENT MONEY DOES NOT MATTER.

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