Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Zaroff

Marci Zaroff

Founder, MetaWear

Founder of MetaWear and Under the Canopy, Marci Zaroff coined the term and pioneered the market for ECOfashion®. A graduate from UC Berkeley's Haas Business School and also Co-Founder of Beyond Brands, Good Catch Foods and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, for over 28 years, Ms. Zaroff has been an internationally-recognized ecopreneur, expert, visionary, consultant and global public speaker of conscious business, social innovation and an organic/sustainable lifestyle. 

Over the past two decades, Ms. Zaroff has produced organic textiles and amenities for major international hotel and spa chains (Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, Wyndham, etc.). She has guided countless properties on launching sustainable lifestyle experiences and strategies and consulted on creating cohesive in-room experiences from organic food to beauty to fiber. 

Currently a Director/Advisor on numerous Boards, including the Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange, Fair Trade USA, C2C Fashion Positive, and Fashion Revolution Day, Ms. Zaroff was instrumental in defining the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the first USA Fair Trade Textile Certification, driving authenticity, environmental leadership & social justice worldwide. 

Ms. Zaroff is featured in the book: "ECO Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World" and has received countless recognitions, such as the Natural Product Industry's "Socially Responsible Business Award", Retail Touchpoints' "Retail Innovator Award", NY Moves "Power Woman Award", Fashion Group International's "Rising Star Award” and a prestigious Henry Crown Fellowship of The Aspen Institute.

Ms. Zaroff's first book "ECOrenaissance: Co-Creating A Stylish, Sexy & Sustainable World" will be published August 2018 by Simon & Schuster and is now available for preorder on Amazon.com. 

Please visit http://www.marcizaroff.com for more information.

Ms. Zaroff can be contacted at 561-302-2010 or marcizaroff@gmail.com

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.