The Well Way with American Spa Episode 1: Spa Sustainability with Joanna Roche, Executive Director, GSN Planet

We’re so excited to launch The Well Way with American Spa podcast featuring discussions with some of the top leaders and gurus in the spa and wellness industry from around the world who share their stories, strategies, and formulas for success. For our first podcast, which is sponsored by the Impact CBD Expo, we’re talking to Joanna Roche, executive director of GSN Planet (formerly Green Spa Network). Roche's role, in conjunction with her work leading the board of GSN, is to inspire action that can help regenerate the resources of the planet and the community.

In this podcast, Roche discusses how spas can implement greener practices and be more sustainable by encouraging the use of reusable water bottles; using more sustainable alternatives to things like coffee cup lids, straws, and plastic bags; and introducing more environmentally friendly laundry operations and solar energy. She dives into the topic of making sustainable choices when renovating a spa and new builds (spas need to keep four things in mind: materials, energy, water, and health). She also gives a shout out to some spas that are doing great with their sustainability efforts, such as Osmosis Day Spa (Freestone, CA), The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House (New Paltz, NY), Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico), and Golden Door (Escondido, CA), as well as brands like Eminence Organic Skin Care, Oakworks, Comfort Zone, Oka-B, and Tata Harper.

Roche also touches on some of the things that spas often do wrong when updating their sustainable efforts and how being sustainable can actually help a spa business grow (i.e. eliminating plastic saves money). Find out all this and more, including how to get involved in GSN Planet, in this month’s podcast.

Listen to The Well Way with American Spa’s podcast featuring Joanna Roche below.



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