7 Hints to Implement Eco-friendly Practices in Your Spa
May 19, 2007
- Switch to energy efficient lighting and fixtures. The EPA's Energy Star program has opened the door to luxuriously-styled, decorative lighting fixtures that use 1/3 the energy consumed by standard fixtures. By using less energy, we release less green house gas emissions.
- Install low-flow, water-conservative shower heads and aerators. Reduce your impact even more by installing low-flow toilets and sinks.
- Use non-toxic cleansers and paints. Companies like Eco Lab have a full line of industrial cleaning products that are green-friendly.
- Provide organic, unbleached bedding and linens. Conventional cotton farming practices alone produce more that 25% of all the pesticides in the
. Choose sustainable fabrics like bamboo or birch fiber for linens and robes. Sell apparel in your boutique made out of eco-friendly alternatives. US
- Purchase wood furniture made from recycled wood or wood from renewable forests. Also, keep in mind that compression board gets sprayed with formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals.
- Add recycling bins in common areas. Better yet, use 3-compartment waste bins in guests' rooms—glass/plastic, paper, and trash.
- f you really want to go that eco-extra mile, try getting evaluated through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. You can also hire LEED certified architects or designers to help setup a road map to greening your hotel.