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Creating a Sustainable Spa

By: Frederic Holzberger
Posted: May 27, 2008, from the June 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

There is no escaping the fact that global warming is here. President George W. Bush has finally acknowledged its existence, and former Vice President Al Gore has won an Academy Award for his documentary An Inconvenient Truth and was a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for helping make people aware of the challenges we face with these global environmental issues.

Due to climactic changes in the world’s weather, we have melting polar ice caps and more frequent earthquakes, droughts, tsunamis and natural disasters. As citizens of the Earth, it is our job to minimize the impact we have on our natural resources in order to allow future generations and species to thrive.

At Aveda Fredric’s Institute and Fredric’s Corporation, it has always been our mission to reduce our environmental footprint, and we have acted as stewards for the environment for many years. I like to think we were ahead of our time—and now we are right on time. It is not only important to get the facts on eco-conciousness, it is our moral obligation to do our part.

Change for the better

Now more than ever, it is vitally important for the spa industry to rise to the challenge of environmental responsibility. We—meaning the spa industry—are extensive users of electricity, heating and air conditioning, and water.

That is the bad news, yet these resources are required in order for us to perform our work. The good news is there are simple things we can do to lessen our impact on these resources and make a difference.