Atlanta School of Massage Green Practices
Open House and Earth Day Celebration
Please join us Earth Day April 22, 2017, 12–4pm for our Open House Event. It is ideal for anyone considering a career in Massage Therapy, Skin Care Esthetics, or Personal Training. Meet a wide variety of eco-friendly experts and organizations that will be on hand to help inspire us to secure a healthier future for our families, and our planet. If you have unused electronics taking up space around the house —bring them to the event! We’ll provide free, safe, and environmentally responsible recycling or disposal of your old computers, electronics, cables, cameras, office equipment, and mobile phones. For more information and to RSVP visit ASM Wellness.
Commitment to Sustainable Business Practices
Atlanta School of Massage supports the health and well-being of people and their communities by cultivating and promoting the vital connections between personal well-being, economic sustainability, and the health of our planet.
As future professionals in the business of health and wellness, it is essential that our students understand the direct link between health of the environment and that of society. Human health is directly dependent on our natural resources and the healthy balance of the planet. The potential to be a green pioneer in the field of massage and esthetics is not only good for the planet but also lends greater integrity to your practice.
Spa Industry Environmental Footprint
The spa industry typically utilizes environmental resources for a wide array of water-based treatments, laundry services and disposable items used in spa services. It is a major consumer of water, energy, and natural resources. Adopting green practices not only reduces environmental impact, but also reduces water and energy costs and raises environmental awareness among spa clientele.
In 2010, Atlanta School of Massage became the first school to become a member and SILVER Guiding Star sponsor of the Green Spa Network. Spas generate $60 billion in global revenue and draw $250 billion in the global spa tourism market. This results in an equally large environmental footprint. “GSN, sees this as an opportunity to make lasting environmental impact on a large scale, starting with sustainability assessments and easily-adoptable practices for individual facilities. By adopting green practices, we not only make spas themselves more sustainable, but support the financial sustainability of green businesses and raise environmental awareness among spa clientele.” Visit the Green Spa Network to learn more. Your membership includes a sustainability assessment tool, green spa toolkit and numerous resources.
There are many little things we can all do to make a difference. We ask our students to support us in our commitment to sustainable business practices.
Atlanta School of Massage Green Practices:
- Atlanta School of Massage is passionate about finding ways for spas to become places where the journey to personal wellness is unified with the journey to planetary wellness. As a member of the Green Spa Network, we shared knowledge and resources with fellow members in an effort to make a positive, lasting environmental impact throughout our industry.
- The massage program adopted a new, certified organic, non-toxic massage product line, Sacred Earth Botanicals.
- Ayurvedic Spa Treatments: Ayurveda utilizes the curative properties from nature that encourage the body and skin to restore its own vitality and beauty. Tara Ayurvedic Essential Oils include organic, wild-crafted and pesticide-free oils from farmers around the world.
- The Esthetics program utilizes an organic skincare line, Paloma Belle, developed by ASM Founder, Leticia Allen
- Sacred Earth Botanicals focuses on certified organic ingredients, environmentally friendly packaging, and sustainable business practices. Their massage products have been thoughtfully developed with the health of the therapist, client, and the environment in mind.
- Chico Reusable Bags are fashionable, environmentally friendly reusable shopping bags designed to reduce single-use bag waste.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- We have installed hand dryers in restrooms that save 35 trees a year.
- We recycle approximately 1816 pounds of aluminum, 9137 pounds of plastic, and 21,091 pounds. of cardboard and paper annually.
- Reusable water bottles are given to all staff members.
- New carpet by Interface purchased for SensAbility is made of recycled materials. The old carpet was recycled.
- Marketing materials are printed on paper with the highest amount of post-consumer recycled content available, with vegetable-based, non-toxic inks. SensAbility furnishings are made from renewable woods and soy-based foam and fibers.
Sanitation and Laundry
- We use environmentally-responsible laundry detergent made of 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, replenishable ingredients.
- Our facility cleaning company utilizes environmentally-friendly products and methods that contribute to a cleaner, safer and healthier environment.
- We save an average of 82,000 gallons of water annually through water conservation methods.
- We purchased three water coolers, each containing a 3-stage filter which eliminates chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, parasites, and over sixty different harmful chemicals.
- Timers placed on three hydroculators reduces energy use by 25-30%.
- We replaced approximately 100 incandescent light bulbs with CFL’s, reducing energy and costs for lighting by 80%.