Kitchen & Laundry

Cooking, cooling, washing and drying all consume large amounts of energy and water. By simply using Energy Star-qualified equipment, a hotel operator can sharply reduce resource consumption. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at:

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Green Lodging News Adds Hartdean Ltd. as Directory Partner


ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added Hartdean Ltd. to its Green Product & Service Directory in the “Linens & Towels” category. The company’s EcoKnit Terry Towels are luxury hospitality cotton towels with two to three time’s longer lifespan and provide energy and water savings which recover the cost of the product. EcoKnit Towels are snag free, dry up to 40 percent quicker than standard terry towels, reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, and use 15 percent less water with every laundering cycle.

Hyatt Joins Forces with Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman to Take Healthy Hospitality to New Level


CHICAGO—Hyatt Hotels Corp. and Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman announced they will work together to support guests’ health and well-being on and off the road. The collaboration will focus on making it easier for guests to continue their routines, or try new ones, while away from home. By embedding healthy options throughout the travel journey, Hyatt and Be Well’s goal is to help travelers be their best wherever they are. “Our guests are embracing healthier lifestyles and are increasingly looking to integrate healthy habits into their travel experiences,” said Global Chief Marketing Officer Maryam Banikarim, Hyatt Hotels Corp. “Wellness is not a one-size-fits-all concept, and it can be difficult. We are committed to listening to our guests and giving them easier options to make the best choice for them. Working with the Be Well team is helping us bring their passion for making healthy living simple into everything we do.” As an internationally recognized pioneer in integrative and functional medicine, Dr. Lipman draws from a career that blends traditional and alternative methods to help people reclaim their natural vitality.

Hilton Reinforces Its Commitment to Responsibly Sourced Seafood in Collaboration with World Wildlife Fund


MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton Worldwide reinforced its commitment to the environment by announcing multi-year sustainable seafood goals on World Oceans Day. In collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Hilton has committed to implementing strong, global sustainable seafood goals in conjunction with the company’s Travel with Purpose strategy, which was launched in 2011 to use Hilton’s passion for hospitality to make a lasting, positive difference in people’s lives and the wider world. Hilton’s sustainable seafood goals will comprise the global ban of procurement of endangered species as identified by WWF, and the transition of its seafood purchasing to sustainable and responsible sources. By 2022, Hilton will source at least 25 percent of its total global seafood volume for owned, managed and leased properties from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified farms. The remaining seafood will be sourced from fisheries and farms working toward MSC and ASC certification, comprehensive fishery and aquaculture improvement projects, or those listed as “green” on WWF regional seafood guides.

SelfEco Introduces New Party, Catering Ware


STILLWATER, MINN.—SelfEco introduces its new line of bioplastic party and catering ware that is Compostable without Compromise. “Compostable products should be superior to the non-recyclable, disposable products they replace,” said Danny Mishek, President, SelfEco. “You should not have to make sacrifices to use them. You should feel proud and excited to use them. We have transformed compostable party and catering ware from products customers are forced to use to products they want to use because of their quality and appeal.”

National Farm to Table Alliance Launched


NEW ORLEANS—The National Farm to Table Alliance has launched. It is a collection of organizations interested in the production, use and benefits of sustainable local farm fresh seasonal products and supports the important exchange between practitioners, policy makers and consumers while promoting food safety.

Xeros Study Reveals Role of Towels in Hotel Selection


MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, the innovator of an ultra-low water laundry system, unveiled the results of a consumer survey that highlights how towels impact the overall quality of the hotel guest experience. The survey results uncovered that the quality of towels is paramount in the increasingly competitive hospitality industry that has to operate within growing environmentally-conscious parameters.

GLN, Greenview Add Aquawing as Green Lodging Survey Sponsor


ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, and Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, welcome Aquawing Ozone Laundry Systems as a Green Lodging Survey sponsor. Aquawing is a global leader in ozone laundry technology with more systems using the Aquawing process installed and operating than all other manufacturers combined (8,000+). Aquawing offers as much as 90 percent savings on hot water, up to 40 percent total water savings, and is clinically validated to kill superbugs like MRSA & C. diff. Aquawing is the only system properly clinically validated.

Westin Cooks up Competition for New ‘Eat Well Menu for Kids’


WASHINGTON, D.C.—From the fifth annual Building a Healthier Future Summit hosted by The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families, Westin Hotels & Resorts announces its continued commitment to build healthier futures for children.

Puerto Rico’s Verdanza Hotel Chooses Xeros Laundry System


ISLA VERDE, PUERTO RICO—Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde has selected the Xeros polymer bead cleaning laundry system, which uses 80 percent less water than a traditional industrial washer, up to 50 percent less energy and approximately 50 percent less detergent. “Environmental sustainability has always been key in our operations from day one,” said Ricky Newman, General Manager of the property.

Ice-O-Matic Introduces New Ozone Delivery System


DENVER—Global ice machine and dispenser manufacturer, Ice-O-Matic, announces the launch of their new Ozone Delivery System: the O3-Matic. This new groundbreaking device infuses ozone into incoming water, killing microbes on every surface it touches and retarding future growth. In addition, the ozone becomes entrapped in the ice cubes, carrying the same sanitation benefits to the bin and dispenser. Introducing ozone increases intervals between sanitizing, impedes microbial growth while continually sanitizing an ice making system, and diminishes mold, mildew, bacteria and viruses.

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