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LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its outstanding efforts in food recovery. The entertainment and hospitality company received two national Food Recovery Challenge awards for reducing food waste and, in the process, conserving natural resources.
NEW YORK—W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., announced a new partnership with global music artist and entrepreneur will.i.am and The Coca-Cola Co. to shake up the hotel industry, one guestroom at a time. Together, they are bringing the EKOCYCLE brand to W Hotel rooms around the world, changing sheets and changing minds. W Hotels will soon begin re-making their beds with new EKOCYCLE branded sheets, which are made in part with rPET (polyester partially made using recycled plastic). Rolling out into W Hotels in North America first with global properties to follow, each king size sheet set utilizes approximately 31 recycled 20 oz. plastic bottles—which equates to more than 268,000 plastic bottles across all W Hotel beds in North America. The result is bedding that is as luxurious as it is environmentally conscious, ensuring that guests continue to have the same comfortable sleep they have come to expect from a night in a W Hotel bed. The more sustainable sheets are made using the same high quality process as the W brand’s current bedding.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.—Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) announces the release of Slim Jim Step-On refuse containers, the newest addition to RCP’s hands-free waste management portfolio. Designed to satisfy the diverse needs of any facility, the Slim Jim Step-On containers maximize space efficiency with a 20 percent smaller footprint and a slim profile ensuring a good fit in even the tightest spaces.
ORLANDO, FLA.—The world’s only large-scale recyclers of hotel soap have combined their operations and charitable efforts. Clean the World and Global Soap have contributed to a 30 percent reduction in pre-adolescent deaths from hygiene-related illnesses since 2009. Now consolidated under the Clean the World banner, they join forces to improve even more lives through an integrated social enterprise. The blended organization capitalizes on strengths developed separately by each group over the past six years. Under the new operating structure, Clean the World Foundation manages all soap and plastic bottle collection and recycling in North America, while Clean the World Asia oversees soap recycling in the Asia-Pacific region. Global Soap concentrates on strategic soap distribution and hygiene education programs that make a measurable, sustainable impact on global health. “This is truly a situation where one plus one equals three,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “As a unified team, we will divert more trash from landfills, recycle and manufacture more soap, reach more people, and bring greater focus to the sustainable impact of our life-saving mission.”
MIAMI—The Setai Miami Beach is now offering unlimited access to more than 3,700 global newspapers and magazines on PressReader for its guests during their stay. The launch of the new PressReader service complements modern amenities available at the award-winning hotel, which include free wireless Internet access and electric car charging stations.
CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y.—BioHitech America, a green technology company that provides an innovative data-driven solution for food waste removal, along with their U.K. distributer GreenComm Environmental Ltd. and their Israel distributor Ramona Municipal Services announced two new customers overseas: Athenaeum Hotel, a small family-owned five star hotel in Mayfair London that was recognized as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2014 and Nir Etzion Hotel & Catering Hall in Israel, one of the leading hotels in Israel with a large conference center for groups of up to 350.
KALAMAZOO, MICH.—Landscape Forms announces the introduction of a new litter and recycling system designed by leading design and branding firm Landor for the Central Park Conservancy (CPC), a nonprofit that funds maintenance and capital improvements for the New York City landmark and nation’s largest public park. “This is our first product to start as a custom job and then become a standard product—and our first experience working with Landor,” says Landscape Forms President, Richard Heriford. “It was a great collaboration that resulted in a great product.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Extended Stay America (ESA), owner and operator of 682 hotels across the United States and Canada, is more than half way through a renovation program that began in 2012 and is projected to be completed next year. As it has worked its way through each hotel, ESA has been faced with the challenge of finding what to do with old carpet, mattresses, box springs, bedding, lighting and other items. Through partnerships with suppliers, recyclers and various charities ESA has found a way to keep the “retired” items out of the landfill. So far, 25 million cubic feet of materials has been diverted, a volume ESA says is equivalent to 5.3 Titanic ships full of waste. More than 437,000 square feet of cardboard and more than 9 million square feet of carpet have been recycled, and 11.7 acres of fabric has been donated. David Crider, Director of Utilities and Sustainability at Extended Stay America Hotels, says ESA’s sustainability efforts are an integral part of its corporate culture and operations.
MANASSAS, VA.—DH Hospitality announced the appointment of Janet Harrington to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In this newly created position, Harrington will oversee operations for DH Hospitality Group, Global Sustainability Solutions and DH Global Logistics. She will also be involved with the planning strategy and growth for each business unit.
MIAMI—The JW Marriott Marquis Miami continues its commitment to sustainability by investing in Power Knot’s Liquid Food Composter (LFC). The Liquid Food Composter digests food waste in a clean, sanitary and odorless manner. As a result, it reduces the hotel’s carbon footprint by eliminating the amount of waste sent to landfills and decreases the amount of methane gases released into the environment. It digests all food within 24 hours and then converts it into nutrient-rich grey water that can be released down the drain or used for landscape maintenance.
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