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MONTEREY, CALIF.—The Portola Hotel & Spa partnered with the Monterey Regional Airport to celebrate Earth Day. Today, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Portola Hotel & Spa staff were stationed at the Monterey Regional Airport Baggage Claim area to give away reusable bags made of 100 percent recycled materials. The phrase “I used to be a plastic bottle” was printed across the reusable bags as a friendly reminder of the utility that comes with recycling. Portola Hotel & Spa will also be giving out reusable bags to guests checking into the property on Earth Day while supplies last.
HIGHLAND PARK, ILL.—Steve Tilkin, Principal from T2 Site Amenities, spoke on the sustainability panel at the HI-Connect conference in Nashville last month. Joined by sustainability experts from Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Marriott, it was agreed that sustainability has to be part of the “infrastructure” of any hotel property.
MCLEAN, VA.—Partnering with Clean the World, Hilton Worldwide has reaffirmed its global commitment to the recycling and redistribution of used soap and hygiene products to millions of people around the world. With more than 850 hotels currently participating in soap and amenity recycling, Hilton Worldwide properties have donated nearly 600,000 pounds of soap, which have been converted into more than one million new bars to help prevent hygiene-related deaths and illness.
LAS VEGAS—Sterling Sleep Systems, a leader in the development of sustainable bedding solutions for the hospitality industry, announced that it will showcase its award-winning line of sustainable mattresses at HD Expo 2015, the leading conference for hospitality interior design, taking place at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, May 13 to 15, 2015. Visitors to Booth #1801 at this year’s event will learn about the unique advantages in cost savings, convenience, guest comfort and environmental responsibility that a sustainable mattress can provide.
CHICAGO—The Langham, Chicago announced that it has achieved the LEED Gold level of certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
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.
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