News report
Earth Day 2019

We take a look at how spas around the world celebrated Earth Day and Earth Hour

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on 22 April to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First started in 1970, it now includes events in more than 193 countries around the world. For spas, it’s an opportunity to raise the profile of what they’re doing for sustainability measures, or to dedicate part of the day to activities that help the planet. We look at how spas around the world celebrated Earth Day and Earth Hour – an event where people are encouraged to ‘switch off’ for the sake of the planet.

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary Freestone, California, US
Thor Holm, General manager

At Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in California, Earth Day was the start of a new effort to re-plant a redwood forest on its land. "We’ve realised that sustainability is no longer enough," says Thor Holm, general manager. "We need to actively contribute to the regenerative cycle of nature.”

Four Seasons Seychelles
Sandie Johannessen, Senior spa director

Four Seasons Resorts Seychelles and Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Desroches Island took part in Earth Hour on 30 March, replacing electric lighting with candle lights from sunset onwards. The two spas also held meditation sessions under the stars, inviting guests to join in for a moment of reflection. “We had the highest participation of any event hosted in our resort since we opened Four Seasons Desroches Island a year ago,” says Sandie Johannessen, senior spa director, Four Seasons Middle East & Africa.

Mandarin Oriental Miami, US

After kicking off with a beach clean up the Saturday prior, Earth Day was converted into Earth/Sustainability Week, with sustainable lunches, herb planting classes and clothes and shoes recycling.

Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

For Earth Hour, Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam held a candlelight meditation at the spa, guided by spa manager Jitendra Bhatt, whose goal was to introduce a simple way to practice meditation using candles in combination with singing bowl therapy.

Escenza Wellness – locations throughout India

At Escenza Wellness, Earth Day was a chance to help fight plastic pollution in India. For every treatment booked, the spa gifted 100 paper bags to small-scale vendors and shops in more than 15 cities in India. "We got the paper bag bundles personally signed from our guests (who were happy to do it) and then our spa managers went to these small-scale vendors to educate them regarding plastic pollution and give them these bundles of paper bags so that they could be encouraged to stop using plastic," says Aditee Gokhale, head of marketing for Escenza Wellness. "The results of this activity were fabulous. What started as a simple Earth Day activity turned into a collaborative team effort that has brought our employees together in spite of working in locations far away from each other."

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

On Earth Day, 20 trees were planted in the organic garden and 10 more in a green patch, with guests pitching in to help.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In celebration of Earth Day, 20 per cent of the cost of the spa’s Tropical Rainforest treatment was donated to the Malaysian Nature Society.

 


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2019 issue 2

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Spa Business - Earth Day 2019

News report

Earth Day 2019


We take a look at how spas around the world celebrated Earth Day and Earth Hour

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on 22 April to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First started in 1970, it now includes events in more than 193 countries around the world. For spas, it’s an opportunity to raise the profile of what they’re doing for sustainability measures, or to dedicate part of the day to activities that help the planet. We look at how spas around the world celebrated Earth Day and Earth Hour – an event where people are encouraged to ‘switch off’ for the sake of the planet.

Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary Freestone, California, US
Thor Holm, General manager

At Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary in California, Earth Day was the start of a new effort to re-plant a redwood forest on its land. "We’ve realised that sustainability is no longer enough," says Thor Holm, general manager. "We need to actively contribute to the regenerative cycle of nature.”

Four Seasons Seychelles
Sandie Johannessen, Senior spa director

Four Seasons Resorts Seychelles and Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Desroches Island took part in Earth Hour on 30 March, replacing electric lighting with candle lights from sunset onwards. The two spas also held meditation sessions under the stars, inviting guests to join in for a moment of reflection. “We had the highest participation of any event hosted in our resort since we opened Four Seasons Desroches Island a year ago,” says Sandie Johannessen, senior spa director, Four Seasons Middle East & Africa.

Mandarin Oriental Miami, US

After kicking off with a beach clean up the Saturday prior, Earth Day was converted into Earth/Sustainability Week, with sustainable lunches, herb planting classes and clothes and shoes recycling.

Six Senses Con Dao, Vietnam

For Earth Hour, Six Senses Con Dao in Vietnam held a candlelight meditation at the spa, guided by spa manager Jitendra Bhatt, whose goal was to introduce a simple way to practice meditation using candles in combination with singing bowl therapy.

Escenza Wellness – locations throughout India

At Escenza Wellness, Earth Day was a chance to help fight plastic pollution in India. For every treatment booked, the spa gifted 100 paper bags to small-scale vendors and shops in more than 15 cities in India. "We got the paper bag bundles personally signed from our guests (who were happy to do it) and then our spa managers went to these small-scale vendors to educate them regarding plastic pollution and give them these bundles of paper bags so that they could be encouraged to stop using plastic," says Aditee Gokhale, head of marketing for Escenza Wellness. "The results of this activity were fabulous. What started as a simple Earth Day activity turned into a collaborative team effort that has brought our employees together in spite of working in locations far away from each other."

Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

On Earth Day, 20 trees were planted in the organic garden and 10 more in a green patch, with guests pitching in to help.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In celebration of Earth Day, 20 per cent of the cost of the spa’s Tropical Rainforest treatment was donated to the Malaysian Nature Society.


Originally published in Spa Business 2019 issue 2

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