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Reflections: Sustainable Efforts

By Melinda Taschetta-Millane
Posted: January 30, 2008, from the February 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

The word “sustainable” has become an everyday term for most businesses, and spas are no exception. In fact, sustainable living has become mainstream. According to the International SPA Association’s (ISPA) 2007 Spa Industry Study, this “return to nature” is manifesting itself in many forms, including detox culinary services, organic skin care lines and a resurgence of mineral makeup. Also according to this study, 76% of U.S. spa owners indicated that they apply environmentally sustainable practices.
       Some have made sustainability a primary focus. Aveda Fredric’s Institute in Indianapolis keeps the environment on the forefront through its practices and its green building design. The facility is made from recycled materials, as well asmaterials that are recyclable or manufactured in an environmentally friendly way. The institute also continues to give back to the environment through its many sustainable efforts. Recently, the Cincinnati Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) recognized the Indianapolis institute in its first-ever awards competition for sustainable design.
       Nusta Spa in Washington, DC, incorporated nontoxic, rapidly renewable and recycled materials manufactured in an environmentally friendly way into its green design for a healthier environment. And it doesn’t stop there. The spa’s commitment to sustainability ranges from its choice of product lines and packaging, to the paper and ink used for printed materials.
       Going green can be effective on a smaller scale, as well. Many spas are choosing organic product lines, conserving on nonrenewable resources and recycling. In Abby Penning’s article “Great Green" in the February 2008 issue, she discusses some of the challenges and successes many of you in the industry have faced while greening your spa, as well as some ideas for those of you looking to slowly introduce sustainable methods to your facility.

Face & Body goes green
       This reach also is more widespread, even expanding into the trade show end of the industry. This year, Face & Body will introduce its Wellness/Sustainability track at the August 16–18, 2008, show, offering attendees insight into this growing movement. Face & Body also will partner with The Moscone Center in San Francisco to help green all aspects of the event. Multiple materials, including beverage containers, cardboard, wood, metals, carpet and padding, mixed paper, wooden pallets, and food waste and scraps for composting, are captured for recycling. According to The Moscone Center, this represents nearly two million pounds of materials recovered annually for recycling or reuse, and of this total, 20% is donated to local nonprofit organizations.
     We’ll be inviting you, as readers, attendees, suppliers and exhibitors alike, to join us in this sustainable shift. Together, everyone’s concerted efforts—no matter how small—can help make a difference to the  environment.

Until next time,



Melinda Taschetta-Millane
Editor in Chief
Skin Inc. magazine