January 1, 2010, Newsletter Issue #12: Pamper The Earth

Tip of the Week

You would expect anyone who makes a living promoting beauty and well-being to be environmentally conscious. Many spas, however, produce some very unattractive waste in the form of bleached paper, plastic packaging and petroleum-based mineral oil products.

Select spas that follow at least some of these guidelines:

Use products containing certified organic ingredients and serve organic meals; Use phosphate-free, biodegradable cleaning products; Protect local people and culture by incorporating indigenous healing traditions (ex. native herbal treatments); Use florescent lights or solar panels rather than incandescent bulbs; Recycle and conserve resources like water;Spa finder online provides a worldwide directory of eco-friendly spas.

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