Eco friendly spa
Our promise to you!
Here at Africology we have developed two logos that signify our promise of purity and enviromental practice to the consumer.
Wherever you see our logo you can be assured of the following:
Free from harmful chemicals commonly used in skincare and cosmetics; see "safety in skincare"
We do not use ingredients derived from animals, nor do we endorse or practice animal testing
We use 100% pure natural Essential oils to fragrance our products
We use packaging that is enviromentally friendly and recylable
Where possible we source organic ingredients
All of our business helps to promote and raise awareness of enviromental issues
We are constantly striving to uplift and develop those less fortunate
It is important that as an ethical brand, spa or person, that you put into practice actions that respect our environment and help to preserve our planet's resources. You have taken the first step by choosing a brand that is ethically orientated and chemical free, so well done! And here are a few more tips on how you can promote this pattern of ethical awareness within the entire spectrum of your work place and life.
Water is one of the most precious resources we have and probably one of the most taken for granted, so here are some great ideas on how to preserve this vital liquid.
- Between use, always turn off your tap; do not leave it running while you go to fetch your bowl to fill it with water. Don’t run the shower before a client gets in -- explain how you are conserving water as part of the spa's ethical policy. See it as an opportunity to impress your client with your attitude towards social responsibility. The public are becoming increasingly aware and appreciate the need for this kind of commitment and approve of it when they see it. Put a note by your basins asking clients to also consider conserving water
- When washing linen always fill the machine to use a full cycle instead of doing lots of small washes -- this also helps to cut costs by reducing the water bill! Try and use a front loader machine instead of a top loader. On average a front loader can use up to 10 gallons of water per full load vs a massive 40 gallons per full load for a top-loading washer
- Black, thick fluffy towels use less water to clean and you will not have to use chemicals to remove stains as one would have to do if using white towels! What's more they have fantastic visual impact with our Africology decor and merchandising as well! See the image above on how we propose that you decorate your Africology spa
- Use heated mittens in your facials instead of having to use lots of bowls of water. Rather use one bowl of water instead of constantly running to the tap
- Another good water saving tip is to use a frying pan for all facial mittens. No more running water to warm a mitten, or water to use in the actual facial. All warmed up in the frying pan. Another good energy saver!
- When cleaning floors or the spa area do not fill your bucket with water. Only take what you need; about a 10th of a bucket
- Recycle water where possible. If you are using eco-friendly products and cleaning materials you can set up a system to capture your used hydro bath or shower water to water your spa garden
- Catch water by placing a tank in a water capture area, for example let it run off your roof. This can then be filtered and used in your spa. Of course this also brings an economic benefit
- Encourage therapists to carry a water bottle and refill it instead of buying new bottles every time. Get a water cooler for refills in the spa instead of supplying guests with a plastic bottle each time. This will cut back on plastic wastage. Also provide guests with a glass rather than disposable cups for your water dispenser -- once again limiting wastage. Glass also does not carry the risk of xeno-estrogens. Why not brand some glass water bottles for your spa? These can be given to clients or you can encourage them to purchase them. This is great and effective marketing for you --and your clients will be impressed by how you are preventing waste build-up
Chemicals can damage us, Mother Earth and the plants we rely on. Always be aware of what you are putting down the drain, especially if you have a septic tank or reedbed system.
- Use only eco-friendly chemicals for cleaning purposes -- they can be more expensive but you can offset this against your treatment costings. Enchantrix is a good example of a local, green product
- Be wary of products that claim to be natural- always read the labels, and see our No-No's list
- If you serve food or beverages in your spa, try to go organic
- Use an eco-friendly skincare brand, so that you can recycle your water knowing it does not contain chemicals which will damage plants and Mother Nature
- Clean windows with newspaper, water and a little vinegar for stubborn stains. It works better than any other window cleaner. It appears that some brands of white vinegar may be derived from petroleum (crude oil) and fossil fuel products. Synthetic ethyl alcohol can be created from the liquefaction of coal or the hydration of ethylene. Ethylene is produced in the petrochemical industry. It's important to check the label or, better still, with the manufacturer to ensure that the brand you buy does not originate from these sources
- Pour boiling white vinegar down a clogged drain to remove any obstruction instead of a commerical drain cleaner
- Soak items covered in limescale in vinegar regularly instead of applying harsh chemicals. If you regularly soak such items, it is easier to remove build-up.
- Eucalyptus oil is a great multi-purpose product to use around the spa or home. Here are some suggestions:
Add 1-2 teaspoonsful of eucalyptus oil to your load of washing for a fresh scent as well as the important benefit of its anti-microbial action.
Use the oil, undiluted, to help remove paint, grease and ink from clothes.
If you have a room freshener, or hanging car air-freshener that is almost dead, reinvigorate them by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil.
Half a teaspoon mixed with half a litre of water makes for a good bug repellant for plants.
Use it as a stainless steel cleaner.
To use as a room air-freshener, mix a quarter of a teaspooon or 15 drops of eucalyptus oil with a half teaspoon of vodka, place in an atomizer/spray bottle and add two cups of water. This should be quite subtle, so you may need to add more.
Make a spray and wipe with water, eucalyptus oil and some washing up liquid. The idea comes from a hospital cleaner and works well. Proportions do not need to be exact. Fill the bottle mostly with water - add a generous splash of dishwashing liquid and then a capful or thereabouts of 100% eucalyptus. Shake gently to mix. Works well on all surfaces