Updated: Feb 17
What does my business being environmentally friendly really mean in practice? No business or human being can be 100%. In todays society, using energy, having children, wearing clothes and living in a first world country means we all have an impact. Without going completely offgrid with no internet and no means of marketting my business to you, it is not possible to be 100% environmentally friendly. Being alive means we have a profound impact on the world which is exactly how it should be but lets make that impact a positive one.
I want to make something clear right away. I am not perfect. My business is not perfect, but I have decided to take the plunge and make a pledge to do my best and be as open and transparent as I can be. This is so that you can make an informed choice. Like the art of Reflexology, being environmentally friendly is also all about balance. As many of you will already know I run a carbon neutral business. I have teamed up with Tree-Nation to ensure that trees are planted every month across the globe to help offset my lifestyle choices and my need to use technology, materials and consumer goods in my business.
I use and blend my own organic, cruelty free products for my Aromareflex Treatments with vegan options for those who do not want to use bees wax (the only non vegan ingredient that I use). Driving a hybrid, plugin electric car, means that I can fulfil my mobile business objective for all of my local journeys to clients, with the smallest carbon footprint practically and economically possible. From March 2020 I am taking this a step further. I am a member of the Association of Reflexologists. In recognition of their members who are able to make an Eco Friendly Pledge to themselves and their clients, I can now proudly display and use this beautiful badge.
WHAT IS THE PLEDGE?
By using the AoR Eco Friendly Therapist badge, I pledge to fulfil the following guidelines wherever practicable within my therapy practice:
1. Minimise unnecessary purchasing in my practice – I use up existing things before buying new ones, and reuse items where appropriate. 2. Use paper only where necessary, and to choose paper that is recycled/carbon balanced/ FSC or PEFC certified. 3. Ensure that any products I use are produced in an environmentally sustainable way, e.g. low volume organic production runs. 4. Ensure that any chemicals used in my practice are not harmful to the environment. 5. Consider the carbon footprint of items and products used in my practice 6. Minimise the waste generated by my practice and make sure any waste generated is recyclable or compostable 7. Minimise the impact of my travel on the environment.