Archive for the ‘Think Green’ Category

Stock Up Your Retail Area with Items that Give Back

Company: Caswell-Massey
Product: Fresh Cut Flowers-scented Products
Charity: A portion of the sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Company: chicBuds
Product: Pink Products (Pink Fauvette Bird Speaker, DJ Sport Headphones, and More)
Charity: 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Company: Dogeared
Product: Make a Wish Hope Ribbon Pin
Charity: A portion of the sales will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer

Company: Gianna Rose
Product: Pink Ribbon Soaps
Charity: A portion of the sales will be donated to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation.

Company: I am BEYOND
Product: Pretty in Pink Collection of Lifestyle and Activewear
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer awareness

Company: Krickette
Product: Think Pink Collection of Purses
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research

Company: Needham Lane
Product: Isabella Pink Collection (PJs, Tunics, Slippers)
Charity: 20 percent of sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Company: Project Iris
Product: Pink Ribbon Shirt
Charity: 10 percent of sales will be donated to breast cancer research

Spa and Salon Products That Give Back

Spa, salon, and wellness companies are contributing to the cause in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check out these products that give back:

Company: Alchimie Forever
Product: Kantic Evening Cream
Charity: 10 percent of sales will be donated to the National Foundation for Cancer Research

Company: Bath by Bettijo
Product: Fenomenole
Charity: During the month of October, 25 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Company: Beautyblender
Product: Travel Kit
Charity: 10 percent of sales will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Company: Boom Boom
Product: Boom Boom Push-Up Brow highlighting pencil
Charity: 10 percent of the sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Company: CND
Product: Pink Wishes Colour & Effects Duo

Company: Cricket
Product: Pink Technique Thermal Brushes
Charity: A portion of the proceeds from Cricket’s pink products will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Company: Cureology
Product: Haircare Products
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Company: FHI Heat
Product: Limited Edition GO “Crush” Hairstyling Iron
Charity: $1 from each iron will be donated to The Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

Company: Fleur’s
Product: Silky Cleansing Cream
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Company: Free Your Mane
Product: Conditioning Pomade and Restorative Hair Oil
Charity: 7 percent of proceeds will be donated through SE%EN, the company’s non-profit organization, to breast cancer awareness.

Company: Institut’DERMed
Product: Renewing Mask
Charity: 15 percent of sales throughout October will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Atlanta Affiliate.

Company: Kenra
Product: Volume Spray 25 and Platinum Blow-Dry Spray
Charity: The company will donate $20,000 to The Rapunzel Project.

Company: Ole Henriksen
Product: Truth Serum
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Company: Phytomer
Product: Toning Bust Gel
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

Company: Pureology
Product: PureVolume Kit
Charity: Pureology will make a flat $20,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of its mission to end breast cancer forever.

Company: Robanda
Product: Mr. Pumice Pink Contour Shape Bar
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Company: Sanítas Skincare
Product: PeptiDerm Eye Treatment
Charity: A portion of proceeds will be donated to Sense of Security.

Company: SeneGence
Product: LipSense
Charity: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Make Sense Foundation and to the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

Company: Skin Authority
Product: Touch Transforms Kit
Charity: $5 from the sale of each kit will go to Look Good…Feel Better.

Company: Suki
Product: Eye Lift Cellular Renewal Cream
Charity: All proceeds from the online purchase of Eye Lift Cellular Renewal Cream will be donated to Breast Cancer Action.

Spa-goers Can Help Fight Breast Cancer at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this October The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston has partnered with the Ellie Fund, a non-profit organization that provides free support services to more than 500 breast cancer patients and their families across Massachusetts each year. When clients book a 60-minute Oriental Essence massage Mondays through Thursdays throughout October, $35 of the $175 will be donated to the Ellie Fund, which will go toward services such as transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries, and delivered meals.

To find out what other spas are doing to support Breast Cancer Awareness month, check out our special section in the October issue of American Spa. What is your spa doing?

Three New Board Members Join Green Spa Network

The Green Spa Network, a five-year-old association of spas, wellness resorts, and spa leaders dedicated to embracing and promoting the connection among personal well-being, economic sustainability, and environmentalism, will now benefit from the expertise of the following new board members:

Darren Hickman is the president of Szep Elet, the exclusive distributor of ilike organic skin care and Puree Spa Organics. Hickman is also part owner and director of Engeenuity, a company developing all-natural antibacterial and preservation technologies for the water and food industries.

Kim Marshall is owner of The Marshall Plan, a dynamic public relations and branding firm established in 1995 in Los Angeles. It was the first in the U.S. to specialize in spas. Today, the firm’s clients include brand leaders in the areas of lifestyle, hospitality, and wellness industries.

Rianna Riego is the principal and founder of Global SpaVantage, which is poised to be a primary resource in the spa industry by providing leadership for day spas, resort spa, medical spas, wellness centers, and resource partners to help manage and grow their businesses.

These three new members join GSN president Roberto Arjona, general manager and CEO of Rancho La Puerto (Tecate, Mexico); Jim Chenevey, co-owner and CEO of Earthlite and Living Earth Crafts; Cici Coffee, founder of Natural Body Spa & Shop (Atlanta); Lara Davidson, spa director at The Spa at Pebble Beach; Tara Grodjesk, founder and president of Tara Spa Therapy; and GSN founding board member Michael Stusser, founder of Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary (Freestone, CA). Together, they will work to provide access to a community of spas and resources that is committed to sustainability, offer a Greening Toolkit as a first step to greening a spa’s operations, provide access to advisory forums on green design and development, and more. What is your spa doing to become more green?

Six Senses Laamu To Host Watermen Eco Charity Event

The ocean is full of mystery and power, enticing visitors to beaches for relaxation and water sports. But some are unaware of its fragility and the importance of maintaining the underwater ecosystem. To help advance this knowledge, Six Senses Resort & Spa Laamu in the Maldives is hosting its first annual Watermen event to pay homage to the natural wonders of the ocean. From Sept. 30–Oct. 4, resort guests will get the opportunity to meet, learn, and play with world-renowned surfers, windsurfers, kite surfers, divers, and conservationists in support of global water conservation. The conservationists will hold in-depth debates and discussions regarding all issues related to marine life and drinking water, while the athletes will offer fun-filled and challenging clinics. Packages are available for four nights ($6,000 for 2 and $4,400 for a single) and seven nights ($9,900 for 2 and $7,400 for a single) and include luxury accommodations, a gourmet breakfast and dinner daily and a barefoot gala dinner, a number of clinics and spa treatments, roundtrip seaplane transfers flights, a marine restoration in the Maldives workshop with Fabien Cousteau, beach clean up and coral reef restorations, a mural painting workshop, and movies under the stars featuring environmental documentaries. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Blue Marine Foundation, Plant A Fish, and Water Charity, three organizations that work to maintain, restore, and raise global awareness about the marine environment.

Palms Aveda Spa Promotes the Planet For Earth Month

During the month of April, The Palms Aveda Spa (Miami Beach, FL) will feature a special Earth Month Massage to demonstrate the property’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. Guest who book the Earth Month Massage ($210, 80 minutes) will receive a limited-edition soy wax Aveda Light the Way Earth Month Candle, courtesy of the spa. The best part—100% of proceeds from the candles will be donated to Global Greengrants Fund to support clean water projects around the globe. Along with feeling great following this treatment that includes a body mask and a cold stone massage, guests can feel fabulous about helping the planet.

For more of our industry’s eco efforts, be sure to check out American Spa’s April issue, which focuses on all things green. What are you doing to go green for Earth Month and beyond? Share your success stories here.

Starwood Hotels to Go Dark for Earth Hour

Sometimes, saving energy can be as simple as turning off a light. That’s the philosophy behind Starwood’s participation in Earth Hour, which takes place March 26 at 8:30 pm local time. This year will mark the company’s third annual participation in this eco event, which is global environmental awareness effort created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to send a powerful global message about the importance of environmental sustainability and caring for the planet.

From Beijing and Brussels to Baltimore and Buenos Aires, Starwood hotels, including St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, and Element, will turn off their lights and take other energy-saving measures for one full hour, underscoring the company’s dedication to environmental sustainability. As they have in previous years, participating Starwood hotels will turn off exterior signage lighting. Properties will also participate by dimming or turning off non-essential interior lighting, using candlelight in appropriate public areas such as restaurants and bars, and using in-room voicemail messages and in-room television messages to inform guests about Earth Hour observances. This year, in more than 100,000 hotel rooms, guests staying in participating Starwood properties will also get encouraged to turn off the lights. For the first time, Starwood Preferred Guests who take part in Earth Hour and will be awarded 100 Starpoints if they register at

“This year’s theme emphasizes what we all need to do once the lights come back on, which aligns perfectly with Starwood’s ongoing dedication to environmental stewardship,” says Sandy Swider, vice president of global citizenship for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. “It was inspiring to see how passionately our associates and guests all over the world embraced the spirit of Earth Hour last year, and they made a powerful statement about how each of us can make a difference.”

Is your spa participating in this year’s Earth Hour? If you haven’t thought about it, consider dimming the lights to help save the planet.

UC Irvine Extension Goes Green

Just in time for Earth Month, the University of California, Irvine Extension will be offering a new online course focusing on eco-friendly practices. Starting April 11, the “Fundamentals of Green Spas, Hotels and Resorts”  is a six-week course that will provide students with a comprehensive guide to incorporating green building, business, and operating models for spas, hotels, and resorts. The class will help students gain an understanding in the areas of design, construction, operations, and management from leading green-certified projects. “The spa and hospitality industries are resource- and waste-intensive, and this course acquaints students with resources and technologies that can significantly reduce operating costs and minimize negative environmental impact,” says Janice Gronvold, a UC Irvine Extension Spa and Hospitality Management advisory board member and the class’s instructor. “Having the right knowledge and tools to develop green business models that optimize operations, minimize waste, and improve the bottom line are essential for forward thinking businesses proactively positioning for a changing business landscape based upon sustainable principles.” To find out more information on the course, or to register, click here.

The Spa at Four Seasons Palm Beach Goes Green by Introducing an All Organic Line

While trends come and go, one I’m happy to say has real staying power is that of spas becoming more eco-friendly. It goes hand in hand with the wellness spas promote. Recently, The Spa at Four Seasons Palm Beach introduced Amala, which means “most pure” in Sanskrit. The products, which are free of synthetics and chemical preservatives, meet U.S. and European organic certification standards. It’s a line I often use myself. Now guests at the spa can take advantage of a variety of body and facials treatments that rely on the products, including the Amala Worth Avenue Firming Facial (named after Palm Beach’s answer to Rodeo Drive) and the Palm Beach Sun Recovery Ritual. While it’s not always possible to go organic with all ingredients, it’s certainly the way to go when the option is there.

Willow Stream Spa Offers Pink Services

Willow Stream – The Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (AZ) launched its Power of Pink Program to benefit the Phoenix Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. From now through Dec. 31, when guests of Willow Stream spa choose one of the Power of Pink treatments, five percent of the proceeds will be donated to the cause. Taking place in the new Power of Pink room with pink walls and pink blankets, Power of Pink treatments include the Pink Massage, Pink Pedicure, and the Tickle Me Pink Package.

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