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green spa calculator

green spa calculator

As spa guests are beginning to shape their ideas along sustainability frameworks, spa development is less likely to be driven by economic gain alone. Environmental and social needs are also taken into account. While many spa are very conscious of the role they can play towards the wellness of their guests and the environment, in many cases, they just do not know where to start or how to measure their performance on the road to sustainability.

Green Spa Calculator is a unique and first-of -its kind software suite that offers the wellness and spa industries certain key capabilities:

  • identify the core drivers that define the green spa environment.
  • quantify the benefits achieved in each sustainability category, including energy use, water conservation, fair trade, green cosmetics and the green spa kitchen.
  • generate relevant operational data about spa efficiency through proprietary algorithms and document assessment research.
  • access reference information on the impact of using appropriate products such as low flow showerheads, green cleaning materials and skills training to employees.

Due to its credit based interactive structure, Green Spa Calculator is clear and easy to understand. Users can quickly identify areas in which they have excelled or where there is room for improvement. It offers a step-by-step process to pinpoint opportunities to reduce environmental impact and so will become an effective dynamic assessment tool.

green spa calculator

how green are you?

why green spa calculator?

this tool opens the door to help spas of any size truly understand just how green their spas are or could be
many spas are very conscious of the role they can play towards the true wellness of the their guests and the environment, but in many cases, they just don’t know where to start or how to measure their performance on the road to sustainability

how does green spa calculator work?

in order to manage and improve our impact on others and the environment we need to be able to measure and benchmark our actions
green spa calculator offers you the opportunity to reduce environmental impact and ultimately will become an effective, and dynamic assessment tool

what is the principle?

this tool is interactive and intuitive. Just enter your answers in the calculator: see, improve and track your score over time
due to its credit-based structure, green spa calculator is clear and easy to understand

green spa calculator

criteria

Water

Water is a precious resource and it is of critical importance that we reduce demand for potable water through good design, informed selection of fittings, rain water catchment, recycling and responsible consumption. A good way to start is to measure initial consumption and to re-measure as soon as responsible water practices are introduced.

 

  • Management program
  • Conservation practice
  • Technical water calculation
Energy

Purchased energy has become the subject of rapidly escalating costs and in many cases, where the energy is generated from the burning of non renewable fossil fuels, also contributes to carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Energy should therefor be used more efficiently, overall consumption should be reduced and consideration must be given to generating energy from renewable resources. A good way to start is to measure initial consumption and to re-measure as soon as responsible energy practices are introduced.

 

  • Management program
  • Conservation practice
  • Technical energy calculation
  • Green energy
Operations

Every business activity of a spa has an impact either on the environment or our people. Measure each aspect of the daily spa operation, including purchasing, packaging, cleaning and food production against sustainability criteria.

 

  • Detergent safety
  • Detergent local procurement
  • Guest amenities natural/ organic
  • Guest amenities procurement
  • Textiles and linen natural
  • Textiles and linen local procurement
Staff

Our staff is any business’ most important asset and they are protected by implementing good labour practices. Introduce policies particularly that deal with recruitment and selection, discipline and grievance, performance management, incentives, the distribution of tips and retrenchment.

 

  • Staff education
  • Staff training
  • Environmental approach
Equipment

Assess all equipment used in the spa against sustainability benchmarks, such as the equipment’s functional performance, energy and/or water consumption, hazardous emissions, materials used in its manufacture, long term quality and recycling capability.

 

  • Recyclable materials
Products

Green Spas incorporate natural or organic skin care products in their therapies and actively encourage their guests to apply this thinking in their personal health regimes at home.

 

  • Using of organic products
  • Natural/organic certification
  • Local procurement
Environment
  • Environmental management
  • Ecological sensitivity of land
  • Maintenance of ecological state
  • Heritage
  • Investment in conservation projects
  • Environmental impact assessment
Building

Develop green buildings for a healthier and consequently more productive environment to work in. The benefits will be transferred to the experience of the spa guest and add value to the therapies themselves.

 

  • Building design
  • Local labour
  • Building maintenance plan
  • Green building certification
Materials

The rationale in correct building material selection is to achieve a reduction in the amount of natural resources used to produce such materials, to choose sustainable/recycled products and to avoid problematic products such as PVC and those that incorporate high VOC (volatile organic compound) levels.

 

  • Building materials
  • Materials procurement
  • Local procurement
Fair trade

The fair trade philosophy is based on fair wages, fair working conditions, fair distribution of benefits, ethical business practices and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.

 

  • Legal constitution
  • Labour standards
  • Human resources practice
  • Skills development
  • Employment equity
  • Ownership and control
  • Local procurement
  • Community investment/involvement
  • Health and safety
  • Quality and reliability
  • Workplace culture
  • HIV Aids and related issues
Waste

Green Spas are committed to using materials which can be recycled, follow recycling practices and actively promote waste reduction.

 

  • Management program
  • Waste audit
  • General reduction in waste
  • Bulk purchasing
  • Packaging
  • Recycling, on-site recycling
  • Product durability and multiple use
  • Hazardous waste
Emission

Built up spaces produce large quantities of pollutants such as CFCs and HCFCs which are found in refrigerant gases for air conditioners, fumes emitted by generators and sewerage. They also give rise to an increase in storm water run-off which often include contaminants such as oil and litter and excessive night light that disrupts migratory and nocturnal species.

 

  • Emissions management

green spa calculator

Just click through, log in and go to the categories to help your spa or salon truly understand just how sustainable it is or could be.
– you cannot manage what you can’t measure!-

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