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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.

With Recyclable Linens, Entrepreneur Seeks to Revolutionize Laundry Operations

SARASOTA, FLA.—Hotel industry veteran Richard Ferrell, President of Pürlin, LLC, is aiming to revolutionize how sheets and pillow cases are managed in hotels across the United States. His company’s linens are not laundered; instead, after being used by a guest they are picked up to be 100 percent recycled. Made of high-quality microfibers designed to simulate cotton—the same as those used in products such as baby diapers and athletic wear—the sheets and pillowcases are produced and recycled by companies based in Florida and North Carolina. Once heated to 500+ degrees Fahrenheit, the linens are liquefied and become the ingredients...

Waste Management to Pay Special Bonuses to Hourly, Other Employees

HOUSTON—Waste Management, Inc. announced that, in light of the meaningful contributions of its employees and the new U.S. corporate tax structure, the company will distribute $2,000 in 2018 to every North American employee not on a bonus or sales incentive plan; that includes hourly and other employees. “We are about to get a tax benefit as our U.S. corporate tax rate goes from 35 percent to 21 percent,” said Jim Fish, President and CEO, Waste Management. “In considering how to best spend that, we wanted to find a way to help grow our economy, which in turn, will help grow...

Mark Hopkins Named a San Francisco Green Business

SAN FRANCISCO—The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco has been named a San Francisco Green Business, making it the largest hotel by square footage and second largest building in the city to receive the recognition. Under the direction of Chief Engineer Shane Caldwell, the hotel spent more than two years working alongside the San Francisco Department of Environment to audit its existing practices and implement new programs and procedures to become a more sustainable property focusing on the areas of waste management, pollution prevention, conservation, water management, and energy efficiency. To date, the hotel has replaced more than 8,000 lightbulbs...

Debut of Reclaimed Furniture wabu Set for January 27

NEW YORK—Early-adopters of new eco-friendly wabu, affordable hand-crafted furniture pieces made entirely from reclaimed wood, can now visit getwabu.com to enter the company’s fan queue for an opportunity to earn exclusive rewards prior to wabu’s official launch on January 26, 2018. Wabu, an acronym for Wood After Being Used, is furniture made with reclaimed wood that’s handcrafted, affordable and easy-to-assemble (in less than two minutes) with no tools. Wabu will soon be available for pre-order on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. “It’s our duty to leave the planet better than we found it or at least try our best to do so,” said...

Make Mattress Encasements Part of Your Green Story

Close your eyes and throw a stick at just about every trade show lately and you are bound to hit somebody selling mattress and box spring encasements. A bit of an exaggeration I admit but there are a lot of folks selling these items and you would be wise to ask suppliers what makes their product “the right fit” for your property. I contacted a bunch of companies that sell encasements for information, but response was limited; I only managed to interview one person but there was ample information available on the companies’ websites. Mattress and box spring encasements can...

MGM Resorts International Announces New Program to Fight Hunger

LAS VEGAS—Yesterday, MGM Resorts International, in partnership with Three Square Food Bank, announced a new standardized program for safe collection, preservation and service of surplus banquet food that will help reduce hunger in Southern Nevada. This new program, in which MGM Resorts donates surplus (prepared but unserved) hot banquet food to Three Square, is expected to provide 800,000 nutritious meals by 2020 to people combating hunger. Food insecurity is one of the most serious public health challenges in the United States, according to statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture. One in seven Americans is unable to meet their...

Mission Linen Supply Announces New Bay Area Facility

NEWARK, CALIF.—Mission Linen Supply, a leading provider of linens, uniforms, supplies and related services, has built and opened a new, 100,000-square-foot, LEED-certified facility in Newark, Calif. Equipped to process more than 70 million pounds of laundry each year, this new facility will enable Mission to provide efficient linen services to hospitality businesses throughout San Francisco and the surrounding areas. Leveraging more than 85 years of experience, Mission serves hospitality businesses throughout the western United States and Texas. Like other Mission locations, the Newark facility offers rental and direct-purchase products and provides laundry services for the aforementioned items as well as...

Humanscale Aims to Reduce Ocean Plastic Pollution

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO.—Humanscale, a pioneer of ergonomic solutions for the office, is actively working to achieve a net positive impact on the environment. Its latest initiative focuses on reducing ocean plastic pollution. A charter member of the Next Wave Initiative, started by Dell and led by Adrian Grenier’s Lonely Whale, Humanscale is working with like-minded businesses and organizations to convert plastic ocean waste for product development and manufacturing. Humanscale became part of the initiative after forming a partnership with Bureo, a California-based company which repurposes plastic fishing nets from the ocean for the development of products such as skateboards and...

Whirlpool Included in 2017 Newsweek Green Rankings

BENTON HARBOR, MICH.—Whirlpool Corp. has risen in the Newsweek Green Rankings to 50 and 82 on the national and global lists respectively. The rankings assess the environmental performance of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States and the world. This year, Whirlpool Corp. was classified as a “top-ranked company,” a designation awarded to fewer than 100 companies on either list. “The people at Whirlpool Corporation continuously strive to protect the planet by being more efficient in how we build innovative products that consume less energy,” said Ron Voglewede, Director of Global Sustainability for Whirlpool Corp. “This distinction is a...

Extend the Life of Your Mattress, Box Spring Investments with Encasements

NATIONAL REPORT—Been sleeping around a lot? That is what just about every hotel mattress and box springs does every night and the results can be not only unhealthy but creepy as well. Dust mites, bed bugs, other insects, bodily fluids of one kind or another—at some point in time a mattress and box springs will experience these. Mattresses, especially, impacted by such things, often are thrown away—far short of their intended life span—not recycled, and end up in the landfill. Fortunately, hoteliers can easily extend the life of a mattress and box springs with encasements that form a protective...