APR 2019

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22 @dayspamagazine • April 2019 © GETTY IMAGES Sustainable Practices SPOTLIGHT Spa pros reveal the steps they've taken to make their businesses more eco-friendly. by Alexa Joy Sherman "We're constantly looking at ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We have a huge recycling program on property, and tr y to order all of our treatment products by the gallon—or even larger—to refi ll smaller plastic containers. The spa's paper products are made from recycled materials, and we opt for eco-friendly cleaning products as much as possible." —Michelle Ufer, spa director, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton, Georgia "We believe in a deep connection between personal health and planetar y sustainability, and have worked carefully to create an eco-conscious spa and sanctuar y from day one. We refi nished and furnished the spa with eco-sensitive materials, including recycled driftwood and organic textiles. We also constructed the fi rst county-approved wetlands for a non-agricultural business in Sonoma County, saving nearly 1,000 gallons of water per day by recycling graywater for underground irrigation. In 2009, we installed solar thermal hot water collectors, which provide 80 percent of the BTUs needed to heat all of the spa's hot water! Additionally, our skincare products are produced by companies committed to environmental responsibility, and we use ceramic cups rather than disposable ones to ser ve organic tea and purifi ed water. Finally, we provide our used enzyme bath mix to the community for use as mulch, saving approximately 18 cubic yards of landfi ll space per month." —Michael Stusser, founder and owner, Osmosis Day Spa & Sanctuary in Freestone, California; founding member of the Green Spa Network "Our goal is to contribute as little as possible to our waste systems. We're conscious about recycling all of our product packaging, and have reusable vessels for treatment product presentation and guest snacks. We work closely with our team at One Oak Farm to incorporate their bounty into the spa experience—for example, the farm's botanicals enhance our treatment trays, infuse our beverage waters and provide aromatherapy in spa spaces." —Carolyn Doe, spa director, The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, North Carolina

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