At the start of the year, the Sustainable Spa Association issued a report discussing sustainability in the spa industry to date. While it’s an ongoing evolution encompassing a variety of different elements, sustainability is increasingly important for us all – as consumers and as businesses, and spas and hotels are doing their best to take the initiative and improve their eco friendly status. So what did the report show?
The report looked at 203 spa participants across 44 countries and based their questions on the principle of triple bottom line reporting. That’s to say, elements that fell into one of the following categories:
While you can obviously drill down into information to get a much more detailed impression of who’s doing what, why and when, there were a few broad trends that give a helpful insight into the trajectory of the spa industry when it comes to sustainability.
The spa industry is uses many resources such as natural, organic and synthetic materials, technical equipment, water and energy to name but a few and generates large volumes of waste. Waste reduction in the spa industry is welcomed by our professionals and consumers alike. It helps businesses and individuals to work towards reducing consumption and waste, saving lost profits and working towards achieving a number of UN SDG’s.
The Sustainable Spa Association felt that the spa industry has an important and promising role to play in sustainability going forward. Key beliefs include:
To find a spa that’s recognised for its sustainable activities, look out for the ‘sustainable spa’ icon on Spabreaks.com listings.
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