Going to the spa is time for relaxation. Taking the time out of your life to take care of yourself and giving your mind and body the opportunity to relax is important for your overall physical and mental health. However, if you are concerned about the environmental impacts of the spa you are going to, you may be plagued with guilt instead of enjoying your pampering experience.
Choose the spa you wish to go to carefully in order to avoid the excess energy used in a typical spa or the cost to the environment to get the ingredients for your facial mask. Sundara Inn and Spa based in Wisconsin is the kind of spa that gives you the relaxation experience of a lifetime while curbing their energy usage and impact on our planet.
The Sundara Inn and Spa is the winner of several awards based on its merit as a spa alone. The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine voted it as one of the Top 5 Destination Spas in the World and, in addition, it’s a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 winner as well. ABC’s Good Morning America rated it the Number 3 Favorite Spa Escape in America and Luxury SpaFinder Magazine rated it as one of the Top 10 Most Romantic Spas in America.
However, the Sundara Inn and Spa is more than just one of the top resort spas in America. They have a solid commitment to minimizing their impact on the environment and they have the accolades to prove it. They are a Platinum level (the highest) GreenLeader in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program, which means they meet the strictest green requirements developed by industry professionals.
Sundara Inn and Spa is also a seed member of the non-profit Green Spa Network, which promotes a healthy relationship between personal health, economic sustainability and the welfare of the environment. They are also part of Travel Green Wisconsin, which means they’ve made a significant effort to reduce their effect on the natural resources of the state.
In addition, they participate in the Global Soap Project, which takes leftover soap from the resort which is then processed into new soap for people in struggling areas. This soap provides sanitation in places plagued with the spread of disease.
Green practices abound at Sundara Inn and Spa. For example, there are plenty of organic spa treatment options available for guests to choose from. Sand from the excavation site was put to new use as an exfoliant - the Sundara Body Polish. The organic plant ingredients in their product are sourced from a network of fair-trade farmers who practice sustainable farming.
They grow the herbs and vegetables for their kitchen in their own garden just south of the spa. All of their organic milk, butter, cream, yogurt and eggs come from Organic Valley which is based in Wisconsin, making it local as well. In addition to that, they participate in a Community Support Agriculture program with local “Orange Cat Farm.”
As far as recreational sports go, there are very few impacts on the environment from those available at Sundara Inn and Spa. The infinity pool and outdoor soak baths use the minimum chemicals required by law. Enjoy carbon footprint-free exercise by cycling through one of the three beautiful state parks near the spa. In the summer, go canoeing or kayaking. In the winter, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are the perfect way to commune with nature without worrying about negative impacts on the environment.
The spa makes sure that most of the products are bought in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging they consume, keeping it out of landfills and reducing demand for plastics. They also make it a point to use glass whenever possible to further cut down on paper and plastic waste. They also participate in a recycling program for their paper, plastic and cans, saving trees through this practice.
The next time you need the rest and relaxation of a spa without the guilt or worry about its effects on the environment, consider making a trip to beautiful Wisconsin to the Sundara Inn and Spa. There, you can enjoy the rejuvenation that is synonymous with the spa experience while also contributing to practices that support the environment.