There are many reasons why, as a practitioner in the spa, esthetics, and wellness industry, you want to follow sustainable environmental practices.
First, it's the right thing to do, given what we know about overflowing landfills, and the stark climate change realities. Second, you attract clients who also value eco-conscious practices, and that's good for the growth of your business. Finally, it's an opportunity to not only save on business expenses like utilities, but it's a great way to make more money by offering the healthy products and services your clients are looking for.
Waterless body wraps (including Moor and Seaweed Gel-based wraps) offer a great (and healing) client experience but use a lot less water. Your client remains cocooned in comfort in your treatment room, and you don’t need to send them to a shower.
Install low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets to minimize water wastage while still maintaining a good client experience. If you're renting your space, talk to your landlord about how it can save money for both of you!
If you have outdoor areas at your spa, choose drought-resistant plants that require less water to maintain.
In your services and on your retail shelves, offer natural and organic skincare and bodycare products that are accredited by well-respected organizations, and contain healthy ingredients. You'll appeal to your eco-conscious client, and protect your staff from potential allergic contact dermatitis as well.
In washrooms and at hand washing stations, use a hands-free foaming hand wash dispenser filled with healthy Green Cricket foaming hand wash (available in several natural scents, which is also great to offer for retail. Also available in a concentrated refill).
When an option for a disinfectable product exists (such as a stainless steel implement instead of a birchwood/orangewood stick) you can follow the appropriate protocol and use environmentally friendly disinfectants like PREempt, which break down into hydrogen peroxide and water and are safe for people, and safe to dispose of.
If you're disinfecting a pedicure station, our recommendation is to opt for an impeller jetted pedicure station instead of a "recirculating" station, because not only do they cost $6 EACH TIME they are disinfected (and use a lot more water), but they produce potentially hazardous biofilm.
Set up clearly labeled recycling stations throughout your spa to encourage the separation of waste and recycling.
You can save money and reduce electricity consumption by replacing traditional incandescent bulbs with long-lasting and energy-efficient LED lights. Plus, they last forever (50,000 hours!).
Use energy-efficient appliances, including your washing machine and dryer, to reduce water usage and energy consumption, and use less detergent.
Let your clients know about your spa's commitment to sustainability in your marketing efforts to attract environmentally conscious clients.
Know the environmental certifications of the brands you choose - ensure they are valid and recognized
By adopting sustainable practices you showcase your spa's commitment to sustainability, which builds your reputation and along with that, the trust of your clients.