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Greening Your Spa With Organic Tea

Anna Wasserman May 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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When operating a spa, not only are you providing a wonderful and relaxing experience for clients, but an emotional memory that will entice them to become repeat customers. Whether spa services are needed for a weekend getaway or for the weary business traveler, providing authentic premium menu items is the key to success in a sustainable organization.

Say green

Greening your business, or implementing environmentally conscious practices, is an important direction to take—both for business and ecological reasons. Clients who are concerned with the legitimacy and integrity of a business they support make up an increasing segment of the market called Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) consumers, or “cultural creatives”—a term coined by market researcher Paul Ray. These 63 million consumers represent about 30% of the U.S. adult population, or 1 in 4 people.

According to, LOHAS encompasses a $228.9 billion U.S. marketplace for goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, personal development and sustainable living.

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In the Spa

Look into a variety of environmentally friendly options in your spa business. The following is just a start of where a facility can cut back.

  • Monitor the number of towels needed, and conserve wherever possible.
  • Invest in natural alternatives to strong chemical-based cleaning products. Nonchemical options, such as citrus oil, white vinegar and sodium triphosphate, are more natural and will blend with the existing spa aroma.
  • Support the local economy by selling gifts from local artisans, as well as foods grown by the community.
  • Explore local vendors, such as a lavender farm, to purchase essential oils, bath soap and flowers for bath soaks and other treatments.
  • In 2004, more than 50 billion servings of tea were poured in this country alone.


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