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Eco Spas

Posted Sep 14 2008 1:33pm

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Using natural botanicals in spa treatments is nothing new, but according to Nora Isaac's article "Eco Paths to Exfoliation" in the New York Times, the locavore movement has recently seduced spa culture. More and more spas are getting in on the eco-friendly game, and that includes sourcing treatment ingredients from local produce.

Alas, James E. McWilliams, the author of A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America, says “Maybe ‘green lite’ will turn into ‘green heavy... But the most environmentally-friendly thing we can do is reduce our consumer spending dramatically, and a spa is a dramatic luxury expense.”

Oh all right, and I suppose it's not very eco-friendly to go jetting off to a spa far from home, either. But if you're going on vacation anyway, or if you really, really need some TLC for your overall health, might as well go eco, right? Here are some spas around the country (some from the Times article) where you can find green treatments.

Cliff House Resort and Spa, Ogunquit, Maine

Naturopathica, East Hampton, New York

Stoweflake Mountain Resort, Stowe, Vermont

ESSpa Kozmetika Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sundara Inn and Spa, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

El Monte Sagrado, Taos, New Mexico

The Crossings, Austin, Texas

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, Sonoma, California

Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, California

Eco Bliss, Los Angeles, California

Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, California

To find more green spas near you try Eco Spas and Ideal Bite.

Images from Cliff House Resort and Spa.

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