Green Spa Rating

Water

Water is a precious resource and it is of critical importance that we reduce demand for potable water through good design, informed selection of fittings, rain water catchment, recycling and responsible consumption. A good way to start is to measure initial consumption and to re-measure as soon as responsible water practices are introduced.

Energy

Purchased energy has become the subject of rapidly escalating costs and in many cases, where the energy is generated from the burning of non renewable fossil fuels, also contributes to carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Energy should therefor be used more efficiently, overall consumption should be reduced and consideration must be given to generating energy from renewable resources. A good way to start is to measure initial consumption and to re-measure as soon as responsible energy practices are introduced.

Operations

Every business activity of a spa has an impact either on the environment or our people. Measure each aspect of the daily spa operation, including purchasing, packaging, cleaning and food production against sustainability criteria.

Staff

Our staff is any business' most important asset and they are protected by implementing good labour practices. Introduce policies particularly that deal with recruitment and selection, discipline and grievance, performance management, incentives, the distribution of tips and retrenchment.

Equipment

Assess all equipment used in the spa against sustainability benchmarks, such as the equipment's functional performance, energy and/or water consumption, hazardous emissions, materials used in its manufacture, long term quality and recycling capability.

Products

Green Spas incorporate natural or organic skin care products in their therapies and actively encourage their guests to apply this thinking in their personal health regimes at home.

Environment

The increase in economic development, urbanisation, agriculture and alien plant species place enormous pressure on plant and animal diversity and health. A spa's establishment and operations should have minimal ecological impact.

Building

Develop green buildings for a healthier and consequently more productive environment to work in. The benefits will be transferred to the experience of the spa guest and add value to the therapies themselves.

Materials

The rationale in correct building material selection is to achieve a reduction in the amount of natural resources used to produce such materials, to choose sustainable/recycled products and to avoid problematic products such as PVC and those that incorporate high VOC (volatile organic compound) levels.

Fair trade

The fair trade philosophy is based on fair wages, fair working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practices and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.

Waste

Green Spas are committed to using materials which can be recycled, follow recycling practices and actively promote waste reduction.

Emission

Built up spaces produce large quantities of pollutants such as CFCs and HCFCs which are found in refrigerant gases for air conditioners, fumes emitted by generators and sewerage. They also give rise to an increase in storm water run-off which often include contaminants such as oil and litter and excessive night light that disrupts migratory and nocturnal species.

Kitchen

Using seasonal ingredients that are locally produced without pesticides and chemicals and presenting meals that are flavoursome and stimulate the senses, promote and strengthen wellness, harmony and positive energy.