APR 2017

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[ 12 ] • DAYSPA • april 2017 The Forest for the Trees T E A M T R A V E L S Rachel learned about the Arizona Offi ce of Tourism at the Andaz in West Hollywood from the editor by Lesley McCave S ome people seem to think that the saying "One man's trash is another man's treasure" gives them carte blanche to throw away everything they ever touch. I cringe when I see colleagues jettison half-used notebooks, pristine plastic bags and paper plates that clearly have a lot more life left in them. Although I haven't yet resorted to rummaging through their waste bins at the end of the day, surely it's only a matter of time. As I strive to incorporate eco-friendly practices into my life, from adopting advice I come across on the brilliantly named Trash is for Tossers blog ( to "eating down the fridge" by using up leftovers before they spoil, I'm proud that I'm doing my small part to help save the globe's dwindling resources. The same can be said of the wellness world. Spa owners everywhere are taking steps to ease the burden on the planet—and together they're making a diff erence. Luxury and sustainability are no longer mutually exclusive: Your spa clients are more than happy to don plush robes made with sustainably sourced, organic cotton. Your resort guests are on board with having their bed linens changed every third night. Destination spas are taking note too: The legendary Chiva-Som in Thailand recently added rooms built to LEED standards, and this fall will see the opening of Amanyangyun, a retreat in Shanghai, China, that's the culmination of years of restoration and conservation eff orts to preserve an ancient forest and historic Ming and Qing dynasty dwellings. Obviously, you don't have to go that far—but you do have to commit, by setting targets and following through. Take on only what you can manage, whether that means growing your own lavender in pots to use in your clients' summer body scrubs, or adding a waterless pedicure to your menu. Collectively, it all counts. At DAYSPA, we've done our part to provide inspiration throughout this issue, from our "Green Goals" (page 24) and "The Wild Ones" (page 44) features to this month's Winning Ways (page 84) and Retail Corner (page 66). Hopefully you'll borrow these ideas, and adapt and reuse them again and again. After all, being green shouldn't be a gimmick, but rather a realistic, lifelong goal. With wellness tourism on the rise, it's timely that the United Nations declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, in recognition of the potential of the tourism industry to contribute to the fi ght against poverty and foster mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue. For more details, go to tourism4development Laura had fun at the Joiful app launch in Culver City I attended a pre-Oscars event featuring Debbie Leavitt (right) at MiniLuxe in Brentwood

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