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The Greening of Equinox Gym Chain

Equinox Is Not Only a Pretty Face

Equinox, one of my favorite national gyms, has more to it than a pricey monthly fee.

Equinox has gotten a lot of flack for its unusual choice of advertisements, but the brand is actually highly committed to being a green company. Currently here is what has been going on behind the scenes that you may not have known (I know I didn't):

  • All the tiles, paint, wood products used to make the gyms include low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), as well as recycled and rapidly renewable materials.
  • It has switched to using low-toxic and natural cleaning products during workout hours, which improve indoor air quality while still maintaining a high level of cleanliness.

There's more so


  • It uses recycled paper in all clubs and in the corporate office, as well as have launched initiatives to reduce paper consumption.
  • Trion air filtration systems are also being installed to purify the indoor air.
  • Will be moving away from energy-intensive incandescent lighting and using more efficient technologies.
  • Special showerheads will be installed to control water flow and deliver a luxurious, drenching flow, along with low-flow toilets and waterless urinals that reduce water consumption.

What does all this mean? Well basically that it's not just a swanky gym to see and be seen. Expect even more green initiatives in the future such as brown towels that require a lower washing temp than the standard white towels found at most gyms now. The times are hard, so the high cost may not outweigh the great things going on for you. But it's definitely worth knowing, and applauding.

Way to go Equinox!


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suyen suyen 8 years
@spectra: that's so funny! that would be cool though!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Now, what they SHOULD do is hook up all their equipment up to a generator and have all the members create the power for the gym to run on. Now THAT would be really cool!
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
At least they can afford to advertise on here... I don't even know what they are being in the UK.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i actually have been an equinox member for AGES and i have to say that i've noticed changes and i'm thrilled about it. i've always really liked how they maintain the clubs so i've been ok with paying a bit more - but knowing that they are really going through these steps to make each club more environmentally friendly - that's something that makes you appreciate working out more.
shepptacular shepptacular 8 years
It's nice that they're making efforts to increase the green-li-ness, but it's still so crazy unaffordable in the NYC area. I'll have to wait until a I have a job with a health package discount to even consider it.
TheMissus TheMissus 8 years
I'm a member here in Boston... And the yoga studio they built in our location is ALL GREEN. Everything from the mats they supply to the wood on the floor.
ep24 ep24 8 years
i'm a member. it's crazy expensive, but i really do love going there. i switched gyms at one point in an attempt to save some $, but i really felt the difference and ended up coming back to equinox.
nnayap nnayap 8 years
I WISH I was able to afford this gym :(
michlny michlny 8 years
As a member, I can confirm Equinox is a amazing!! It's a great gym!! They have started remodeling one of the gyms I mainly go to and they are certainly doing things more "greenly."
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