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The Sustainable Spa Association (SSA) has been doing wonderful things to make the spa industry more environmentally friendly and this year there have been some exceptional strides. Here are some of their latest highlights.

With the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26.last month, the world has been buzzing with interaction, debate, goal setting and pledging for change for the future. The enthusiasm is encouraging, and the SSA has seen a positive shift toward sustainable development coming to the forefront of business. Lots of companies are being highly innovative in their approach, and lots of organisations are embracing collaboration as well.

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“For our sector, recent collaborations and business fusions have been ground-breaking and will change the course of industry going forward especially in the areas of sustainable real estate, health tech, circular economy, waste/packaging, nutrition, water stewardship and biodiversity.”

Lucy Brialey - Co-Founder, Sustainable Spa Association

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Can COP15 inspire greater biodiversity in the spa industry?

The SSA explore this question in the wake of COP26.While world leaders looked to solve the pressing issue of a changing climate, the UN’s Conference on Biological Diversity - COP15 - was also taking place in China. As we enter a post-COP world, discourse around the environment and climate change has never been as prevalent. With a wealth of avenues to explore, biodiversity is one topic that needs to be addressed, and spa operators have a great opportunity to make the difference and be industry-leaders in this area, setting the expectations for other industries to follow suit.

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The business case of sustainability

The SSA spoke to Rupert Schmid, co-chair of Biologique Recherche, about how 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.

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

One business committing to sustainability is lifestyle brand, Urb’n Nature, 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.

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