Charné began her career as an intellectual property lawyer during which time she developed a keen interest and commitment towards organic cosmetics, sustainable agriculture and green buildings. In 2003 she combined her corporate background with these skills to conceive and develop the first dedicated organic spa in South Africa. To wide acclaim, she received the prestigious Les Nouvelles Award for Unique Spa and also an award for excellence from the regional Institute for Architects in recognition of the sustainable design features of the spa building. In 2010, Charné qualified as an accredited professional of the Green Building Council of South Africa and received the Les Nouvelles Visionary Award.

Speaking on sustainability at major conferences and training institutions, Charné has published a number of articles and essays, including authoring the Green Spa Guide, sharing her knowledge of green building principles, fair trade, organic cosmetics and sustainability with the wellbeing industry. Through Charné’s leadership and guidance, Greenspa.Africa connects sustainable spa’s in Africa, assisting them in implementing sustainable business practices. Charné’s work continues expanding in the development of integrated sustainability tools such as the Sustainable Spa Practitioner Course and Greenspa Calculator, an audit tool available as a mobile app.


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