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GSN Announces 10th Anniversary Congress

The Green Spa Network (GSN) announces the location and theme for its 10th Anniversary Congress, the only spa industry event dedicated to sustainability education and inspiration. With the theme of “Inspire Action and Create Community through Storytelling,” the 10th Anniversary Congress with take place at the award-winning Carmel Valley Ranch, March 11-14, 2018.

Storytelling has fostered human interaction since the invention of language. Whether it’s through extraordinary experiences being shared by guests, employees sharing the benefits of treatments and products, or the décor and menu of a spa communicating how they support wellbeing, storytelling is a major part of the spa experience. Write your story at the 10th Anniversary Congress, and discover the most effective ways to inspire action and engage with your community by telling your story.

A unique gathering in the spa industry, GSN’s Congress creates an environment for professional and personal exploration through quality education, collaborative sessions, and networking. Facilitated at resorts that prioritize and incorporate the natural environment, Congress presents an unparalleled opportunity to discover sustainable solutions for your business, evoke your purpose, forge relationships with a nurturing community, and be inspired by nature to support our mission of “Vital People. Vital Planet.”

Convening at Carmel Valley Ranch, located in the sunny foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, Congress will offer attendees a multitude of adventures and excursions to experience this beautiful part of the planet we are committed to supporting. As a camp-inspired resort, Carmel Valley Ranch encourages a playful connection to nature and each other.

“You will be inspired to live your best life, recapture your youthful joy, and align your vision to surpass everyone’s expectations, especially your own!” promises Tracie Wertz, GSN Board Member and Congress Chair. “The 10th Anniversary Congress will be more magical than we have come to expect and I would tell anyone interested in elevating their personal and professional story to join us in Carmel Valley to explore the limitless possibilities and vibrate at a higher level in collaboration with spa industry and global sustainability leaders.”

The three-day GSN Congress event is designed to be an interactive experience providing attendees with the inspiration and supportive community necessary for taking action to support sustainable businesses, people, and planet. To find out more visit http://greenspanetwork.org/green-spa-network-congress/. Registration and Early-Bird prices will open July 15, 2017.

About Green Spa Network:
GSN is a non-profit trade association serving the spa industry in support of action for a sustainable future. Their mission is to promote the vital connections between personal wellbeing, economic sustainability and the health of our planet. Through networking, education, and best practices developed with a membership of the nation’s most innovative green spas, GSN is a resource for vital people building a vital planet. www.greenspanetwork.org

Contact: Jessica Gilden | Business Manager | 800-275-3045 | jessica@greenspanetwork.org

GSN Remains Committed to Our Vital Planet

The Green Spa Network (GSN) was founded on the mission of connecting our personal wellbeing to the vitality of our planet. Given the growing evidence for the impact our actions have on the environment and the global impact of climate change, GSN’s vision of creating a more sustainable future is more relevant than ever.

We approach sustainability in a broad manner, with the intention to encourage increased awareness and actions in response to the global imperative for earth friendly living. Our goal is to encourage actionable decisions that positively impact people and planet. While our individual efforts may seem small in the larger picture, there cannot be global change without individual action. We are all a part of the collective solution.

GSN is committed to providing its members and the broader spa industry with education, resources, and community gatherings to show what action can be taken to support our vision of a vital planet and vital people.

As a GSN member you understand the need to take care of the environment that gives so freely to us. You demonstrate your commitment by continuously seeking out solutions and taking action to support a vital planet and vital people.

Today, we recognize the need to remain vigilant in our efforts and invite individuals and businesses to re-affirm their commitment by signing ‘The Pledge for a Greener Future’. This action signifies your desire to seek out solutions and take action for a sustainable future that everyone can enjoy.

Help us create global change and Sign ‘The Pledge for a Greener Future‘ Today.

 

GSN Pledge for a Greener Future

As a member of GSN and the spa and wellness community, we are committed to promoting the vital connections between personal well-being, economic sustainability and the health of our planet.  We recognize that consciously and continuously managing our environmental and social relationships is key to our success.

We understand that greening principles, products and technologies are continually evolving.  We intend to respond to these developments and apply "best practices" that have a positive impact for our employees, customers and our local and global community.

Our goals are to:
- Provide and promote products, services and business practices that do not harm people, planet or prosperity.
- Engage in and inspire actions that result in a positive impact for personal and planetary vitality.
- Share our efforts with our local and global communities to raise their awareness of the connections between personal and planetary vitality.

To accomplish this, we will:
- Apply conservation practices to our use of water, energy and other resources.
- Adopt responsible reuse, recycling, and waste management and disposal practices.
- Reduce the use and promotion of products that contain hazardous substances.
- Source materials and supplies from companies that conduct their operations in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
- Make these objectives an integral part of our business planning and decision making
- Commit to continual improvement and revision based on evolving sustainable values and practices and our ability to implement better solutions.

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Giving Back to the Stewards of the Earth

Laurel Whole Plant Organics celebrates our farmers, the stewards of our Earth,
with their 2017 Earth Day Initiative.

 

This Earth Day, Laurel Shaffer, owner and formulator of Laurel Whole Plant Organics (WPO), wanted to honor the hard-working farmers that make her products by donating to two local non-profits who support the local agriculture community. On April 22nd, Laurel WPO will donate 100% of their sales to a local biodynamic agriculture teaching program and the Green String Institute.

Laurel WPO takes purity and efficacy to a new level by using the highest quality, artisan ingredients. A 100% organic, raw, unrefined, whole plant line, Laurel sources directly from organic and biodynamic farms, handcrafting each product with love, integrity and unparalleled purity.

Laurel and Eric Pasch, Managing Partner at Laurel WPO, chose the two initiatives due to their strong relationship with and support of the farms that provide them with high quality ingredients. “Farming high quality organic and biodynamic herbs is not a sustainable farming practice, so anything we can do to support our farmers so they are able to provide us with these amazing botanicals for the long term is something we’re committed to doing,” says Eric.

One of the Biodynamic farms that grows herbs and flowers, and produces hydrosols and essential oils, specifically for Laurel WPO is located in Northern California. The farm also operates a non-profit teaching center that focuses on the practices of Biodynamic agriculture as a path for healing the earth and ourselves. Laurel and Eric chose the teaching center to support education of future farmers and sustainable farming practices.

The second non-profit to benefit from Laurel WPO’s Earth Day sales is the Green String Institute. Their mission is to educate a new generation of farmers on how to respect the earth and respond to the needs of their environment as they raise food that brings health to local populations. Operating on 140 acres in the rolling hills of Petaluma, California, the Green String Farm has opened their doors and fields, allowing the Institute to host an internship program on a highly diversified natural process farm. The Institutes goal is to show students how to improve the biology of the lands that they steward while growing healthy food.

“Artisan beauty ingredients aside, there is no future for us without farming.  Seeing new generations of eager young farmers is incredibly inspiring.  I see them as guardians of their land, and therefore stewards of our Earth.  On Earth Day, there is no one I’d rather support”. – Laurel Shaffer

Powered by Sunshine!

The sun is shining on Tara Spa Therapy and it is being put to good use.

 

On April 11, 2017, the Tara Spa Therapy production facility became 100% solar powered. According to Tara Grodjesk, Founder of Tara Spa Therapy and Founding Member of Green Spa Network, “It was imperative in our ongoing commitment to being an eco-conscious company that we become fully sustainable, so our team was determined that our warehouse would be 100% solar powered in time for Earth Day on April 22, 2017. We are thrilled to have met this milestone.”

Over 80 solar panels were installed over the last month and tested repeatedly during the past week to ensure that they were fully operational. The full line of Tara Spa Therapy products are part of the Living Wellness® ethos that well-being is “about what you do every day”…and every bit counts.

While converting to 100% solar power will significantly reduce energy bills, it will also reduce TARA’s carbon footprint. Tara is hopeful that as more companies implement an “earth first” mentality, it will create a growing trend as more businesses, large and small, take notice and implement sustainable and conscientious business practices on a continual basis.

 

4 Ways to Support a #VitalPlanet

While employing practices that support our Vital Planet is something GSN members do year-round, April brings increased global attention to our environmental practices through Earth Day.

Celebrated since 1970, Earth Day was established as a “national teach-in on the environment” and has evolved into a worldwide movement focused on green awareness. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the antiwar protests of the late 1960s, Earth Day was intended to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight. Today, the Earth Day Network estimates that more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities in 174 countries.

Support our Vital Planet this month with these Earth Day Activities suggested by GSN Members.

1. Put That Reusable Shopping Bag to Good Use

Whether your grocery shopping, donating used items, or consciously buying new items, carry it all in your eco-friendly bag from Eminence. While the company follows an “Earth Day Every Day” motto, Eminence is celebrating Earth Month by gifting an eco-friendly, reusable tote bag to the first 2,500 spa partners that place orders in April. Additionally, their educating consumers on “why” opting for a reusable bag is important, offering the following reasons for switching:

  • Reduce environmental impact: average person uses 375+ plastic bags annually
  • Limit plastic pollution: 1,000,000+ birds die each year from ingesting plastic
  • Prevent disease: fish ingest plastic, cancer-causing debris that can be passed on to people who eat fish
  • Save 100,000 animals that get sick or die from 20+ tons of plastic dumped into the ocean annually

“I am very passionate about doing all we can to conserve and protect our environment and wildlife,” says Boldijarre Koronczay, President of Eminence Organic Skin Care. “We should all have the mission to leave the Earth better than we found it – not just for our generation, but for future generations.” Discover their many Earth initiatives, including their Certified Organic farm in Hungary that recently opened its doors to the public.

2. Save a Little More Water

Learn how you can save a little more water this month by participating in Jurlique’s ‘Water Saving Challenge’ April 17th – April 23rd. They’ll be sharing a week of tips on how to save one of our most precious resources, water. Water is often wasted and there are simple things we can all do to conserve and make a difference. Follow along on Instagram @JurliqueUSA for tips and a chance to win their Activating Water Essence.

“Jurlique was founded on a simple truth – nature is the answer. We believe in the healing properties of nature and that we should never take more from the Earth than we need.” Learn how they put this into practice year-round here.

3. Get Outside with Friends, Co-Workers, and Family

Universal Companies feels that to appreciate the outdoors you need to enjoy the outdoors! So, the Friday before Earth Day, they are hosting ‘Outdoor Day’, encouraging employees to take breaks to work in the garden, walk, and enjoy nature. They will be planting trees around their company walking trail, providing additional shade and walking appeal for those sunny summer days and redesigning their company garden by planting perennials for enjoyment year-round.

‘Outdoor Day’ is also incorporates wellness, featuring a potluck Salad Lunch and outdoor fun with tug-of-war, blowing bubbles, and hula hoops! They’ll even have the company band, The Insubordinates, playing in the afternoon (Fun Fact: Universal’s Copy Editor and GSN’s Personal Care Advisory Council volunteer, Lisa Sykes plays the tambourine and serves as a backup singer!).

4. Raise Awareness by Sharing Your Love of the Earth

Spread the word on why you love the Earth and what you’re doing to support our #VitalPlanet by participating in the “I Love the Earth Because…” social campaign or by creating and sharing your favorite list of Earth Day Activities.

In an effort to raise public awareness about how we can “Go Green for the Earth”, Pevonia curated a list of their favorite eco-friendly actions and are encouraging their distributors, employees, and social media followers to join them in the Pevonia Earth Day Pledge. They also created unique “selfie cards”, encouraging employees to sign, snap a selfie and share on social using #PevoniaEarthDayPledge.

 


What is your favorite Earth Day Activity? Are you hosting an activity at your business or in your local community?

Reach out and let us know at kate@greenspanetwork.org or @GreenSpaNetwork – Let’s ramp up the noise for our Vital Planet!

Universal Companies’ Social and Eco-Initiatives

Harnessing energy from the sun for our office

We’ve installed 3 15-panel arrays totaling 10 kW at the east entrance of our headquarters plus a 4 kW solar panel awning along the south side, offsetting over 18,000 kW hours and 13.7 tons of CO2 annually.

Encouraging employee wellness

In addition to providing a walking trail and an organic garden for employees, we offer a wellness challenge twice a year, where participants engage in exercise competitions, learn about healthier eating habits, and attend informational presentations by various local health and wellness professionals. Participants are also provided with a Fitbit. Other ongoing wellness activities include disease management programs (e.g., diabetes, breast cancer awareness) and a monthly wellness newsletter.

Reducing waste

We have recycle bins placed throughout the building, a baler in the warehouse, and e-cycling collection containers on the premises. But we know that recycling isn’t enough, so we close the loop by purchasing supplies made of recycled content when possible (e.g., 80% of our shipping boxes are now made with post-consumer recycled content). We also reuse packaging materials from vendor shipments and scan all return and receiving documents, which saves nearly a ream of paper per day.

Giving back

One of the causes we support is breast cancer research, holding annual fundraisers and donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of The Pink Glove to City of Hope. Local community outreach includes a winter coat drive, holiday toy collection, and food pantry donations.

Employee Highlights

Dave WidenerDavid Widener
Dock Coordinator, Warehouse
This is Super Dave. He isn’t wearing a cape in this photo, but we thought you should know about his latest feat: purchasing large metal bins and saving thousands of pounds of scrap metal from the landfill by taking it to be recycled, all on his own time. He’s our hero.

 

Carrie BaileyCarrie Bailey
Photographer, Creative Development
Carrie is passionate about volunteerism and serves on our green team and charitable giving committee. But work isn’t the only place she lends a hand. Carrie has donated time working with those in need in Oaxaca, Mexico, and with refugees in Clarkston, Georgia in health clinics and teaching English as a second language.

 

Tony KringTony Kring
Repair Service Technician, Warehouse
Tony was instrumental in obtaining a baler in the warehouse for our cardboard recycling, and he continues to ensure that cardboard is collected and placed in the baler for pick-up. Tony is interested in all things nature–gardening, viewing the night sky with his telescope, and feeding backyard birds.

 

Lisa SykesLisa Sykes
Sustainability Specialist, Creative Development
When we need green claims verified, we ask Lisa. Her specialty is personal care ingredients, labeling, copywriting, and regulatory compliance. She serves on the advisory council and as co-chair of the Green Spa Network Personal Care Committee.

 

Doug KerseyDoug Kersey
Director, Traffic/Receiving, Warehouse
Doug has implemented many eco-friendly changes to our warehouse, including switching out sodium vapor bulbs with CFLs, opting for an electric forklift instead of one that uses propane, choosing bubble wrap made with 25% recycled content, recycling pallets by giving them to other local businesses to utilize, and purchasing a printer that uses cartridge-free solid ink that features 30% bio-derived renewable material content.

Universal Companies’ Social and Eco-Initiatives

Harnessing energy from the sun for our
office

We’ve installed 3 15-panel arrays totaling 10 kW at the east entrance of our headquarters plus a 4 kW solar panel awning along the south side, offsetting over 18,000 kW hours and 13.7 tons of CO2 annually.

Encouraging employee wellness

In addition to providing a walking trail and an organic garden for employees, we offer a wellness challenge twice a year, where participants engage in exercise competitions, learn about healthier eating habits, and attend informational presentations by various local health and wellness professionals. Participants are also provided with a Fitbit. Other ongoing wellness activities include disease management programs (e.g., diabetes, breast cancer awareness) and a monthly wellness newsletter.

Reducing waste

We have recycle bins placed throughout the building, a baler in the warehouse, and e-cycling collection containers on the premises. But we know that recycling isn’t enough, so we close the loop by purchasing supplies made of recycled content when possible (e.g., 80% of our shipping boxes are now made with post-consumer recycled content). We also reuse packaging materials from vendor shipments and scan all return and receiving documents, which saves nearly a ream of paper per day.

Giving back

One of the causes we support is breast cancer research, holding annual fundraisers and donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of The Pink Glove [link to page] to City of Hope. Local community outreach includes a winter coat drive, holiday toy collection, and food pantry donations.Universal Companies Green Story

Employee Highlights

Dave WidenerDavid Widener
Dock Coordinator, Warehouse
This is Super Dave. He isn’t wearing a cape in this photo, but we thought you should know about his latest feat: purchasing large metal bins and saving thousands of pounds of scrap metal from the landfill by taking it to be recycled, all on his own time. He’s our hero.

 

Carrie BaileyCarrie Bailey
Photographer, Creative Development
Carrie is passionate about volunteerism and serves on our green team and charitable giving committee. But work isn’t the only place she lends a hand. Carrie has donated time working with those in need in Oaxaca, Mexico, and with refugees in Clarkston, Georgia in health clinics and teaching English as a second language.

 

Tony KringTony Kring
Repair Service Technician, Warehouse
Tony was instrumental in obtaining a baler in the warehouse for our cardboard recycling, and he continues to ensure that cardboard is collected and placed in the baler for pick-up. Tony is interested in all things nature–gardening, viewing the night sky with his telescope, and feeding backyard birds.

 

Lisa SykesLisa Sykes
Sustainability Specialist, Creative Development
When we need green claims verified, we ask Lisa. Her specialty is personal care ingredients, labeling, copywriting, and regulatory compliance. She serves on the advisory council and as co-chair of the Green Spa Network Personal Care Committee.

 

Doug KerseyDoug Kersey
Director, Traffic/Receiving, Warehouse
Doug has implemented many eco-friendly changes to our warehouse, including switching out sodium vapor bulbs with CFLs, opting for an electric forklift instead of one that uses propane, choosing bubble wrap made with 25% recycled content, recycling pallets by giving them to other local businesses to utilize, and purchasing a printer that uses cartridge-free solid ink that features 30% bio-derived renewable material content.

Eminence Announces First Student Winner Of Their Community & Green Practices Award

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
Written By: Eminence’s Karen Young Chester

Eminence is serious about building commitment to the community and the environment. And there’s no better way than by making sure there’s a great foundation. That’s why we’re finding students – people at the start of their career in the skin care industry – who reflect everything that we believe in giving back to the community and the planet. We want to recognize these students with our Éminence Organic Skin Care Award for Community Involvement and Green Practices.

Eminence Community & Green Practices Award

We’re proud to introduce the first recipient of this award, Nilda DeGuzman Eum, who attends the esthetics program at Vancouver Community College (VCC) in BC, Canada. Nilda was recently presented the award by our Brand & Product Creative Director, Stephanie Baresh and VCC president Dr. Peter Nunoda. We continue to be impressed by how she lives out our company mission values and is committed to making the planet better. We recently had a chance to get to know Nilda better. Here’s what we found out when we asked her a few questions:

Why did you choose to study esthetics?
I’ve been studying the esthetics program for the last nine months. It’s been very interesting for me to explore skin and body therapy as well as the experiences of beauty and relaxation.

Describe a typical day for yourself.
Being a mother of two, every day is always a busy and challenging day for me. I manage to study, take care of my family, do some of my own activities as well as working part-time. It’s difficult, but hard work pays off as long as you’re following your passion with a happy heart!

Can you tell us what you do to support green practices?
It’s very important to preserve our Mother Earth. In order to support the planet, we must start with ourselves. Wherever I am, I practise it and share the importance of green practices.

What’s your favorite Eminence products and why?
My favorite products are the Monoi Age Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser,Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant and Bright Skin Moisturizer. I had heavy pigmentation but when I started to use these products, they brightened my skin. I also love them because they’re organic and hassle free.

What do you hope to do in the future and how will you continue your path to success?
I’m looking to finish my Cosmetology Diploma Program. Then I’m hoping to get a job, gain more experience and pursue the passion of my heart to succeed in this line of industry.

“It’s very important to preserve our Mother Earth. In order to support the planet, we must start with ourselves. Wherever I am, I practise it and share the importance of green practices.” – Nilda DeGuzman Eum

We wish Nilda the best of luck in her promising future and we look forward to the next bright star to receive our Community Involvement & Green Practices Award.

For more information about the Community Involvement & Green Practices Award Program click here.

Éminence Supports Spa Helani and the Coral Reef Alliance

In celebration of the 7th anniversary of the beautiful Spa Helani at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort in Lahaina, Hawaii, Éminence donated an exclusive array of their organic skin care for a special silent auction in support of the Coral Reef Alliance.

The Coral Reef Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving coral reefs worldwide. Now, not only has Éminence planted over four million trees above water, but they have helped plant life under the sea!

Éminence would like to say a special thank you to their spa partners at Spa Helani for their commitment to the environment and wish Spa Helani many more years of success and memorable spa experiences for their guests. Aloha and mahalo!

spa helani logo coral reef alliance
Spa Helani 2 Spa Helani 1

Éminence Organic Skin Care Reduces Carbon Emissions By 14 Tons

Can you imagine 11,000 buckets of water, trees that make 3 tons of paper, and electricity to power 700 lightbulbs for a year? As a company committed to protecting the environment, Éminence Organic Skin Care’s eco-friendly efforts in 2014 helped save these quantities of resources. Through diversion, we also avoided creating over 17000 pounds of waste and over 14 tons of carbon. Not only do we create products that are good for the earth (and the skin!), every aspect of our business is geared towards Earth-friendly solutions.

Our green operations are divided into a number of different categories – each with its own practices for protecting the planet:

Farming

  • Ingredient farms in Hungary are powered by solar and wind energy
  • Geothermal heating in our laboratory
  • Natural compost during planting
  • Planting and harvesting is conducted manually to decrease CO2 emissions
  • Use of only natural plant preservation techniques

Packaging

  • All boxes are made from post-consumer recycled material and can be recycled
  • Containers are made out of recycled, non-toxic plastic and are recyclable
  • All packing boxes are reused or recycled
  • Packing chips are made of 100% biodegradable corn that dissolves harmlessly in water
  • Eco-friendly software system means less printed invoices

Offices

  • Electricity usage is offset with wind power credits and solar panels on the roof
  • Letterhead printed on post-consumer recycled paper using vegetable-based inks
  • Recycling system in office includes organic composting
  • Office space is designed as an eco-alternative building
  • Light switches are programmed with timers to reduce electricity use.

Transportation

  • Courier company uses hybrid vehicles
  • Large shipments are sent on trucks running biodiesel made from recycled household vegetable oil
  • Products are shipped by air with Lufthansa – the leading airline in the fight against climate change
  • 97% of employees walk, bike or take public transit to work

Forests For The Future

  • For every product sold, we plant a tree through Forests for the Future
  • We actively reward eco-friendly spas that engage in green practices.

Eminence InfographicFor more information about our company’s green policies, read here. Also, if you’re a spa owner and interested in joining our Green Spa Program, find out more and contact us.