Our environmental commitment is important to every aspect of the business, from renovations and design to our approach to treatment.
We considered our environmental impact in all aspects of renovating our new space. Our Nadurra bamboo flooring is FSC-certified with zero-formaldehyde glues. The Forest Stewardship Certification means the bamboo has been harvested from forests monitored for the protection of endangered species, pesticide use, economic sustainability, and respect for workers’ rights. Our roller blinds are made from PVC-free fabrics from ProMark Windows and Blinds. The paints are free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs), purchased from Swanson’s Home Hardware. Our construction supplies were FSC-certified or reclaimed when possible. The coffee table is made from reclaimed wood by Ted Torreiter; the sauna bench made from reclaimed wood by Rich Vanden Berg.
Healing Path is designed to allow visitors to experience nature as a healing force. The rooms are organized according to Five-Element Theory in Traditional Chinese Medicine – wood, water, earth, metal and fire. Each room has a design feature that depicts the element, such as birch poles in the wood room, corrugated steel in the metal room, and the clay wall in the earth room. Plants, water features and artwork were all chosen to remind us, as practitioners, and you, as patients, that nature has an inherent healing ability.
The Office Systems
Staff at Healing Path are all encouraged to reduce waste by recycling, using less paper, and composting organic waste. All lighting fixtures use energy efficient lightbulbs, either LED or CFLs. Our Uptown Waterloo location makes it possible for clients and staff to choose sustainable transportation options such as cycling, bussing or walking.
The Treatment Approach
Principles like biodiversity and ecological adaptation help make ecosystems more resilient under stress. Our naturopaths at Healing Path take these principles and apply them to your treatment plan so that when you encounter stress you can bounce right back.
Our clinic will continue to evolve as we deepen our understanding of environmental issues and its strong link with health. We will continue to look for ways to enhance your experience of nature and to decrease our ecological footprint. We are always open to suggestions!