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Sustainable Wellness and FuturePlus
Sustainable Wellness and FuturePlus Empower the Spa and Wellness Industry with Measured Sustainability Assessments and Cutting-Edge Data Analytics.
Sustainable Wellness, formerly known as The Sustainable Spa Association, is proud to announce its expanded mission and enhanced capabilities in providing education, resources, and measured sustainability assessments to the global spa and wellness sector. In response to the growing demand for sustainability guidance in the supply chain and wider hospitality setting, Sustainable Wellness has partnered with FuturePlus, a leading data analytics platform. This collaboration aims to collect and analyse data, offering valuable insights into sustainable practices within the industry. By harnessing the power of data, Sustainable Wellness and FuturePlus are committed to identifying trends, measuring progress, and guiding the industry towards even greater sustainability.
The founders of Sustainable Wellness, Co-Directors Lucy Brialey and Anwar Harland-Khan, have witnessed remarkable measurable sustainability improvements among leading brands in the spa and wellness industry. They believe that these changes are the result of increased awareness and urgency surrounding environmental responsibility and social consciousness.
"Many brands are recognising the urgency of environmental responsibility and social consciousness, leading to significant changes in their practices. The best reward is witnessing the results they are achieving within their business, and more than that, the positive impacts they are having on their guests, their community, and the environment," said Anwar Harland-Khan.
Lucy Brialey highlights some emerging trends derived from Sustainable Wellness' accreditation and partnerships:
Water, being a vital resource and the therapeutic identity of the spa and wellness sector, can also be a significant source of chemical pollution. Sustainable Wellness and its partners have successfully assisted numerous UK spas in implementing water-saving practices, recycling systems, identifying boreholes for off grid water sources and clean water awareness campaigns. Through these efforts, destinations have achieved water consumption reductions of approximately 20-30%, contributing to overall water stewardship, carbon, and biodiversity conservation efforts.
Measuring carbon footprints has become the most popular way for companies to demonstrate their concern and responsibility, especially with the targets set at recent COP meetings. It is expected that carbon reduction will soon be the first mandated measurement of environmental responsibility for leading businesses in the UK. The spa and wellness industry has focused sharply on this area due to the escalating cost of energy, driving operators to invest in energy-efficient technologies and adopt measures such as renewable energy sources and optimized HVAC systems. These changes alone can reduce carbon footprints by up to 30%, benefiting both the environment and businesses' bottom line.
Waste reduction and recycling, with a strategic plan communicated to all team members and guests, offer quick and effective solutions for environmental improvement. Leading spa and wellness brands are actively working on waste reduction and recycling initiatives, achieving waste diversion rates of around 70%. Strategies such as composting organic waste, minimizing single-use plastics, and implementing comprehensive recycling systems help reduce toxic waste to landfills and decrease waste collection fees. Furthermore, the industry is embracing innovative approaches to up-cycling and repurposing waste materials, laying the groundwork for a circular economy model.
Taking a responsible procurement approach is having a positive effect on social, environmental, and economic factors. Sustainability extends beyond environmental considerations, and brands are now prioritising social responsibility. Analyzing the supply chain helps reduce the risk of supporting exploitative labor practices, poor working conditions, lack of diversity and inclusion, and animal cruelty. By collaborating with brands that align with their objectives and values, businesses in the spa and wellness industry can also measure scope 3 carbon emissions, which occur indirectly throughout the value and supply chain of an organisation.
Sustainable Wellness would like to express its gratitude to the brand partners who have joined them in their mission, contributing to advanced understanding and responsibility within their respective sectors. Comfort Zone Lemi, Fashioniser, Quarnero, Corc Yoga, Myrtha Wellness, Amra Skincare, Proverb Skincare, Pinks Boutique, Wildsmith Skin, Sothy's, Lisa Franklin London, Spalicious, Six Skincare, van de Sant, Oxwash, and Zing have all played a crucial role in driving positive change in the industry.
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