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From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Waste Management

Home Waste Management
From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

PureCycle, P&G Making Plastic Recycling Easier

CHICAGO—PureCycle Technologies, in partnership with consumer goods company P&G, hosted the ribbon-cutting for a plant that will restore used polypropylene (PP) plastic to “virgin-like” quality with a recycling method that is one of a kind. The new plant will enable consumers to purchase more products made from recycled plastic. The patented technology was born in P&G labs as one of many innovations with meaningful sustainability benefits. P&G licensed the technology to PureCycle, a portfolio company of Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise Partnership that commercializes disruptive technologies. Founded in 2015, PureCycle is opening a small-scale plant in Lawrence County, Ohio where they...

How Restaurants Are Helping to Make the Planet a Better Place

NATIONAL REPORT—The foodservice sector is putting sustainability on the menu, serving up innovative solutions to help cut waste, use resources more efficiently and change ingrained habits. For a sector that is often portrayed as wasteful it’s not an easy, nor a straightforward task yet as the stats show, change is very much needed. According to a study by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, for example, almost 85 percent of unused food from U.S. restaurants is thrown away annually. In the United Kingdom, around 920,000 tons of food is wasted at outlets each year, the equivalent of 1.3 billion meals. And this comes with big consequences....

Pier House Resort & Spa Plugs into Partnership with OpenKey

DALLAS—OpenKey, the industry standard for universal mobile key technology in hotels, has been selected by the Pier House Resort & Spa in Key West, Fla. as the property’s mobile key and amenity app of choice. The award-winning OpenKey app will enable effortless room access for guests of the Pier House and reduce the resort’s carbon footprint through elimination of disposable plastic keys. OpenKey will further be available to guests as a go-to resource for conveniences such as directions to the property, amenity booking and notification of early or late arrival to the property. In addition to guaranteeing added convenience for guests, the...

Aramark Makes Progress Minimizing Food Waste

PHILADELPHIA—Aramark, a global leader in food, facilities and uniforms announced the latest step demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability by reducing, reusing and recycling food waste through responsible practices, from the initial purchase to final waste disposal. Aramark’s Food Waste Progress Report highlights recent steps toward its goal to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030. Progress includes: 100 percent of the company’s food locations tracking waste, enabling better decisions about what to purchase and how much to prepare. 500 of its largest accounts using cutting edge waste tracking technology provided by LeanPath, a food waste prevention company. 100,000...

The Ellis Hotel Awarded Green Seal Certification

ATLANTA—The Ellis Hotel has a heart of green. The recently renovated property, downtown Atlanta’s only independent hotel, has earned Silver certification to Green Seal’s Standard for Hotels & Lodging Properties (GS-33). This achievement, which has only been attained by four other Georgian hotels, is based on a rigorous, independent evaluation of The Ellis Hotel’s features, operations and processes. “We salute the Ellis Hotel for its leadership in sustainability as a Green Seal-certified hotel,” said Arthur B. Weissman, Ph.D., Green Seal’s president and CEO. “Its continual innovation shows how sustainability can position hotels at the cutting edge of the market and...

Interface Unveils Prototype Carbon Negative Carpet Tile

ATLANTA—Showcasing the private sector’s power to create a climate fit for life, Interface unveiled a first-of-its-kind prototype carbon negative carpet tile. Interface’s “Proof Positive” tile proves that with new approaches to materials sourcing and manufacturing, it is possible to make a product with the potential to reverse global warming. After the tile is made, there is less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than if it had not been manufactured in the first place. “We created this Proof Positive tile to inspire our customers, our industry, and the world to think more broadly about taking on the climate challenge in a...

Transition to Greener, Cleaner Alternatives to Toxic Chafing Dish Fuel Gel

Dumping toxic waste. That is what most of our industry has been doing for years with partially used cans of chafing dish fuel gel. I wrote about the problem two and one-half years ago. According to industry experts, that is still happening. Most chafing dish fuel gels found today are made from corn-based ethanol, methanol and other additives to help the product burn hotter. Methanol is added to make it too toxic for consumption. Fuel gel using methanol and other additives is considered hazardous waste and should be treated as such. Methanol gel is poisonous and contains dioxin and...

Should We Reconsider Guestroom Trash Liners?

On an online travel forum, Carlo, who travels frequently, left the following post: I try to be a good guest and not make a mess for the people who tidy up the rooms each day. But here I am at yet another property where the plastic trash bags/bin liners are about half the size of the trash cans that they are in. I put anything in these and the trash bag just falls to the bottom of the trash can. And being a (reasonably) contentious guest I try to keep my trash in the bag, not all over...

Green Lodging Trends Report Survey Approaches Closing Date

NATIONAL REPORT—The survey that is the basis for the annual Green Lodging Trends Report has launched and will remain open through 7 p.m. EST June 20. Click here to participate! The Green Lodging Trends Report is the lodging industry’s annual exercise to assess and catalyze green innovation, best practices, and awareness regarding the state of sustainability across hotels worldwide. Participants benefit from a free compare report—an opportunity to learn how their property is aligned with best practices, and where it is behind among peers locally and worldwide. Participants also have an opportunity to discover new innovative practices that hotels are...

Clean the World Launches Hygiene Kits for Veterans

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World, a leader in global health, has launched new Veteran Hygiene Kits to improve the lives of veterans. These life-saving hygiene kits are specialized for veterans and include basic hygiene products as well as important protective items, too. The kits feature resealable bags, two bars of new soap, bottles of repurposed shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razor and shaving cream, comb, socks, deodorant, and inspirational note cards. “Many of our veterans lack the basic hygiene amenities needed to keep them safe and healthy,” said Shawn Seipler, Founder and CEO for Clean the World. “It is our duty...