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The News Blog gives Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, an opportunity to comment, in just a few paragraphs, on industry news and trends. A more condensed version of Publisher’s Point of View, the News Blog is updated on either Wednesday or Thursday each week. Want to step in as a guest blogger? Or, have some news to share for the News Blog? To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

News Blog

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The News Blog gives Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, an opportunity to comment, in just a few paragraphs, on industry news and trends. A more condensed version of Publisher’s Point of View, the News Blog is updated on either Wednesday or Thursday each week. Want to step in as a guest blogger? Or, have some news to share for the News Blog? To contact Glenn Hasek, call (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Hawaii Companies Encourage Use of Reef-Safe Sunscreen Products

Earlier this year, Napili Kai Beach Resort, located on one of Maui’s most beautiful reef-protected bays, introduced an educational program to encourage visitors to use reef-safe sunscreens. In recent years, coral reefs throughout Hawaii and the world have shown damage and bleaching due to a variety of environmental factors, including poisoning from chemical sunscreen. Many common sunscreen ingredients can lower reef tolerance to bleaching and interrupt the development of marine life, including the coral itself, which is a living organism. Beginning in mid-December, Napili Kai began welcoming arriving guests with a free sample packet of Raw Elements reef-safe sunscreen, along with a discount coupon to purchase more and information about the damaging effects...

Wyndham Hotels Makes Big Commitment to Stay Well Rooms

It was about five and one-half years ago that “Stay Well” rooms first emerged in our industry at the MGM Grand. These rooms, created by Delos Living, LLC, include features designed to enhance overall health. From advanced air purification to dawn simulation, circadian rhythm lighting and a healthy mattress, the wellness features are specifically designed to allow rejuvenating sleep, deliver purified air, provide specially filtered water and protect guests against allergens and germs. Other hotel properties have since adopted Stay Well rooms, including some Marriotts but the rooms may have gotten their biggest boost yet at the recent Wyndham Hotel Group’s 2018...

Composite Wood Products Must Meet New Formaldehyde Standards

Purchasers of building materials and items such as furniture that contain building materials should always be mindful of formaldehyde risks. Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas used in making building materials. It is used in pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; and certain insulation materials. In certain concentrations it can be cancerous. By the beginning of June this year, virtually all composite wood products manufactured or sold in the United States, as well as products made with composite wood components, must meet tough formaldehyde standards. As a result, manufacturers of...

Commercial Fishing Nets Become ‘Food’ for New Products

Humanscale has joined the growing list of companies utilizing commercial fishing nets in their products. The company just introduced its Smart Ocean chair that incorporates almost two pounds of recycled fishing net material. Sourced from Bureo, an emerging venture developing innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution, this is the first tangible product of its new partnership and marks the first product available to purchase from the consortium of companies under the NextWave initiative. “Fishing nets comprise approximately 10 percent of the plastic pollution in the ocean today,” says Humanscale Founder and CEO Robert King. “Our partnership with Bureo helps...

April 19 HyCube Launch at Orlando World Center Marriott

The evening of April 19 is going to be an interesting time at the Orlando World Center Marriott. It is then when Eco Convergence Group will introduce its HyCube at the hotel. The HyCube, according to Eco Convergence Group, is “an innovative hydroponic system built in an illuminated, modern structure that’s as beautiful as it is functional. It could transform how produce is sourced by chefs and experienced by guests around the world.” In their invitation to me, they used phrases such as: “Closer Than Local. Cleaner Than Organic. Precisely Hydroponic.” I wrote about Eco Convergence Group in a blog...

ITP Uses World Water Day for Release of Water Stewardship Report

Today, World Water Day, the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) has released a 24-page report entitled, “Water Stewardship for Hotel Companies.” Be sure to read it. The report explains the connection between areas of tourism growth and water stress, and recommends six steps essential to any corporate water stewardship strategy. ITP’s goal is to “support increased water-use efficiency, sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and reduce the number of people affected by water scarcity by embedding water stewardship programs across hotel portfolios.” How bad is the global water problem? According to the report, the impact of growing human...

Hilton Richmond Handout a Great Idea for Just About Any Occasion

I recently attended the 5th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference. It was held at the LEED Gold Virginia Beach Convention Center. One of the attendees at the conference was someone from the Hilton Richmond Downtown. For those of you not familiar with the property, it is a historic hotel housed in the former Miller & Rhoads department store, an iconic building with over 100 years of history. Spanning an entire city block, the hotel boasts original features including marble floors and high ceilings. The first thing the attendee did after introducing himself was hand me a 4˝ X 9˝ card...

Sustainability Barely Mentioned in AHLA, AHLEF Annual Reports

On Monday, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF) both finalized and released their 2017 Annual Reports detailing last year’s hospitality industry accomplishments. It is my job to look for sustainability-related news and accomplishments in such reports. While the AHLA report did include news about the organization’s growth—it added 200,000 rooms in 2017—and highlighted initiatives geared toward the advancement of youth, it failed to include any substantive information at all about the advancement of sustainability in the lodging industry. Quite disappointing given everything that is going on. Also, AHLA does have...

Two Major Companies Phasing Out Polystyrene Foam Packaging

The lodging industry should pay attention to and replicate efforts by major restaurant companies to eliminate polystyrene foam packaging. Last month, McDonald’s Corp. agreed to end the use of such packaging globally by the end of this year. According to As You Sow, rarely recycled, expanded polystyrene foam used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, breaking down into indigestible pellets, which marine animals mistake for food, resulting in deaths of marine animals. McDonald’s phased out foam cups for hot beverages in the United States in 2012 but continued to use them in...

Industry Leadership Positions Still Difficult for Women to Reach

Women in Hospitality Leadership 2017, a report by AHLA Women in Lodging and Castell Project, details the leadership progress of women in the hospitality industry and the lack thereof. Be sure to read this important report found here. According to the report, in the hospitality industry, as of 2016, men have been 10 times more likely to be promoted to the principal/partner or president levels than women, four times more likely to be promoted to the EVP/group president level and more than twice as likely to be promoted to the senior VP, VP, or district level. Women did make some progress...