What tips do you have for becoming a more ‘green’ spa?

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"At my spa, we use pesticide alternatives for the inside and outside of the spa. Typical pesticides expose both clients and staff to harmful chemicals. Some pesticides can contain carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive toxins, and endocrine disrupters. The pesticides we use include boric acid on cracks and crevices, fatty-acid soaps, and a variety of essential oils. We also use preventative measures like washing dishes on a daily basis, not leaving food in the fridge for more than a week, and making sure that all of our entryways are properly sealed."
Muszina Kalanovicza, Secrets of the East Day Spa

"Becoming ‘green’ is as easy as using clean and natural skin care products. There are a number of ingredients that are unhealthy for the human body and the Earth: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals, and more. Using products that are free of these and other toxic ingredients will also make the spa more appealing to clients that are interested in wellness."
Cynthia Prokin, manager of Green Roots

"The first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about becoming more 'green' is to recycle and use recycled items. I bought three recycling containers for my spa and each one is clearly labeled (paper, glass, and plastic). We also use supplies and papers that are made from recycled material and are unbleached. Unbleached products do not require as much energy to produce and do not use toxic chemicals that take a toll on the environment."
Mark Beckson, owner of Beck Medical Spa

"One of the best things a spa can do to become more ‘green’ is to reduce their energy costs and water use. Installing energy-efficient lighting is a great first step because it is not costly for the spa and it will save the business money. When it comes to reducing water use, spas can install dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucet aerators. These tools can helps reduce the spa’s water use by up to 50 percent. These options are not only great for the environment but also for the spa!"
Mindy Svelte, owner of Grace Haven Spa

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