Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, a pioneer and global leader in combining luxury, wellness and sustainability, is raising the bar on eco-education with the launch of its newest program, Earth Lab.
Each of its 11 resorts now has a venue for showcasing and educating guests about their ongoing efforts to reduce consumption, produce as as many supplies locally as possible and support nearby communities and ecosystems.
The labs also offer workshops and do-it-yourself videos on everything from making your own toothpaste to the company's commitment to zero waste (meaning all materials are reused, recycled or upcycled).
"Each facility represents the seriousness we place on sustainability and the importance of working locally and with nearby communities to tread lightly on the environment and respect Mother Nature," said Bernhard Bohnenberger, president of Six Senses.
"We track metrics on all Earth Lab activities undertaken and are keen to provide that data to our guests," he said. "It's a one stop, fun place to learn, grow and explore our unique approach to developing and sustaining our people, our planet and wisely balancing profit."
Indeed, while being green and local has, at least in theory, become commonplace across much of the travel industry, Six Senses has always been an early leader and aggressive adopter of sustainability programs.
And because many of its locations, such as Zighy Bay in Oman and Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam, are quite remote, the zero-waste philosophy is not only good for the environment, it makes good business sense. For instance, some of the Earth Lab topics and educational activities feature the resorts' programs for bottling their own water to avoid not only transportation costs but also the use of plastic bottles; the use of goats at some properties for both milk and brush control; and making natural pesticides, organic cleaners and spa treatment products from locally grown plants.
Each lab serves as an accountability tool; they display data, for example, on the resort's consumption of water, energy and waste. Additionally, they feature information about offsite activities such as marine conservation work, forest restoration and community development.