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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.

GreenTree Inns Beginning to Take Root in Southwestern United States

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.— GreenTree Hospitality Group, Inc., hotel owner, operator and franchisor, with roots in Asia, is beginning to branch out to North America—beginning in the Southwest, with eight limited-service, midscale properties called GreenTree Inn. The GreenTree Inn brand originated in Asia in 2004, and today through acquisition and franchisee development, now boasts 2,600 properties worldwide. GreenTree Hospitality Group recently announced its first franchised hotel in the United States. What was the Arizona Inn in Prescott Valley, Ariz. has been rebranded as a GreenTree Inn property. Pro Hospitality One PV LLC will operate it under the franchise agreement. This property joins...

Towels’ Environmental Impact Lessening Thanks to Supplier Innovation

NATIONAL REPORT—As Green Lodging News has learned in its own research and by talking to industry suppliers, there are numerous ways to reduce the environmental impact of a towel. Certainly chemicals and laundry equipment come into play, as does whether or not that equipment is matched with an ozone laundry system. Of course towel reuse programs can make a huge difference as well. But can your choice of the towel itself—how it is made and what it is made from—help you reduce your annual laundry-related costs? Many suppliers say yes and each has its own unique story to tell....

The Continued Central Role of Recycling in the Circular Economy

A key tenet of the “circular economy” sustainability paradigm is the reduction in reliance on virgin materials. The goal is to create high-functioning products that flow from cradle to cradle instead of cradle to grave—that is, a closed-loop system, where products are reused rather than disposed of, as opposed to a linear, single-use oriented system. This goal is aptly captured by the classic chasing arrows symbol. Early in its efforts to promote the “Three R’s” (reduce, reuse, recycle) waste management campaign, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency explained that the first arrow represents the collection of recycled materials, the second arrow...

Porous Pave About to Reach Rubber Recycling Milestone

GRANT, MICH.—When Greenbuild convenes next month in Boston, Porous Pave, Inc. will mark another environmental milestone: surpassing 10 million pounds of recycled rubber used in applications of its permeable paving material. An eco-friendly green building product made in the U.S.A., Porous Pave is a highly porous, durable and flexible paving material. The controlled shredding and processing of discarded tires produces the 1/8-1/4-inch, fine-cut chips of recycled rubber incorporated into Porous Pave. Porous Pave installations retain storm water on site, decreasing runoff into storm drains and storm sewers. Porous Pave XL is the company’s strongest and most durable formulation for hard-wearing...

Clean the World Receives GuideStar Platinum Rating

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit sector of Clean the World’s social enterprise, earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight Clean the World’s commitment to global health, donors will receive deep insights into Clean the World’s mission-critical, outcome-based reporting. “Our dedicated team rigorously measures Clean the World’s impact to guarantee global health needs are met around the world,” says Sam Stephens, Executive Director of Clean the World Foundation. “GuideStar is the gold standard for nonprofit transparency...

A Landfill Lesson: How Crushing Your Waste Reduces Your Environmental Impact

NATIONAL REPORT—If you have ever considered or you are weighing the prospect of getting a baler, then reading how it will reduce your environmental impact may push you towards buying one. Reducing costs is usually the most significant factor behind getting a baler. Any business wants to save money and a baler is a terrific way of doing this. By reducing bin numbers and bin collections and replacing them with a baler, cost savings are virtually guaranteed. This is what attracts businesses to balers first and foremost. When businesses find this to be true, it also comes to light that...

Survey: Millennials Less Likely to Recycle, But More Likely to Buy from Companies That Go Green

KNOXVILLE, TENN.—Millennials are less likely to recycle than other generations, but more likely to buy from companies making a positive impact on the world, a new survey finds. The reason, according to the new survey and report from The Shelton Group: Millennials believe corporations have more power to solve global problems than individuals. “Millennials are pushing companies to make a positive impact on the world because they believe global problems are too big for individuals to solve,” said Suzanne Shelton, President and CEO of The Shelton Group, a marketing and research firm focused on energy and the environment. “Millennials will reward...

Recycled Glass Can Be Attractive Component of Green Hotel Design

NATIONAL REPORT—Glass is 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Glass recycling rates vary around the country because of container deposit legislation or how it is collected and recycled. As part of single-stream recycling, glass often breaks, tainting the end product. The contaminated recyclables then end up in the dump. In fact, glass represents roughly 40 percent of landfilled recyclables. Hoteliers can play a part in helping to keep glass out of the landfill by working with their waste collectors and also by purchasing products that utilize recycled glass. Recycled glass has many...

Green Lodging News, Greenview Launch Green Lodging Trends Report 2017

ODESSA, FLA. & SINGAPORE—September 18, 2017—Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source, and Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, have released the Green Lodging Trends Report 2017. The second annual report details the results of the Green Lodging Trends Report Survey and is available at no cost by clicking here. The report is based on data from 2,093 hotels in 46 countries and provides industry trends on topics ranging from energy management to communication to—for the first time in its own category—Health & Wellness. The report includes results of 110 best practices in 12 categories. Sponsors this year...

National Park Service Overturns Ban on Bottled Water

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) recently thanked the National Park Service (NPS) for reversing its December 2011 ban on bottled water in national parks. “The NPS ban on bottled water was silly and illogical from its inception, particularly because the ban did not include the sale of less healthy drinks such as soda, juices, and energy drinks that are also packaged in plastic,” CAGW said. “CAGW began to investigate and question the decision, but found little to no provable environmental or scientific rationale for the ban. “Water is the most essential nutrient for people, especially when they exercise and hike,...