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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.

Caesars Employees Hand-Deliver Thousands of Bars of Soap to Hundreds in Mexico

LAS VEGAS—Caesars Entertainment, in collaboration with Clean the World, the largest global recycler of hotel amenities, and The Service Companies, the premier one-stop-shop for services to the gaming and hospitality industry, announced the successful distribution of soap to hundreds of families in Guadalajara, Mexico, which took place last month. “Our relationship with Clean the World is an example of our People Planet Play corporate social responsibility platform brought to life,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility. “Not only are we engaging our team members to help to reduce the spread of bacterial diseases by...

Removing Trash Efficiently

Consumers in all industries continue to make the world’s pile of trash a little taller every year. As globalization is on the rise, goods are being produced—and thrown away—at alarming rates. With all this trash, the waste industry is at a crossroads: the amount of waste ending up in a landfill is at a steady increase, but we have more information and technology than ever before to guide us in a better direction. According to the LA Times, the United States “produced about 228 million tons of waste in 2006, a figure that climbed to 254 million tons by...

Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Receives LEED Silver Certification

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.—Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa Downtown announced it recently received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the second hotel in Alabama to receive this certification. “We are honored to receive the LEED Silver certification for Hotel Indigo Tuscaloosa, and thankful that the U.S. Green Building Council recognizes our efforts in environmental protection, energy saving and the improvement of overall environmental quality,” said Judd Bobilin, of Chance Partners, LLC, the developer. “One of the key tenets of our company is to ‘Partner with the Community’ and we are excited to...

Clean the World to Expand Hygiene Education

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World Foundation, a leader in global health, continues its commitment to hygiene education by launching a worldwide Global Handwashing Day initiative aimed at building awareness for the importance of proper hygiene and announcing plans to build a permanent interactive exhibit dedicated to health and hygiene education in the spring of 2018. “Improving health and saving lives requires not only access to soap, but also a holistic approach that focuses on ongoing education that leads to long-term behavior change,” says Sam Stephens, Executive Director of Clean the World Foundation. “With a commitment to global hygiene education, Clean the...

Houstonian Hotel Adds Running Trail Made from Recycled Tires

HOUSTON—The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, known as an ideal property for fitness enthusiasts, has now added a .8-mile, state-of-the-art jogging trail to its list of amenities for hotel guests. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star, urban retreat is located minutes from downtown Houston, the Galleria and Memorial Park. Its 175,000 square-foot, private Houstonian Club is available with no resort fee for hotel guests and offers fitness-forward equipment, over 180 weekly fitness classes, aquatic programs, an indoor tennis facility, and three resort pools. The jogging path was resurfaced as a high-tech Rubberway training track comprised of recycled rubber tires on top...

Good Chunk of Waste Stream Pulverized at Ranch at Laguna Beach

I recently chatted with Kurt Bjorkman, General Manager at California’s Ranch at Laguna Beach. A good portion of the results of that conversation appear in my article about the property posted this past week. Be sure to check it out. There were several things that really caught my eye as being unique about the resort. First is the use of a GL Sand Machine that turns wine and beer bottles to sand. The resort is the first lodging establishment in the continental United States to use the machine that pulverizes the glass. That sand can then be used to...

Bottles Become Sand at Globally Recognized Ranch at Laguna Beach

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF.—It was not long ago that beer and wine bottles at the 97-room Ranch at Laguna Beach left the property in the same shape in which they came—only empty and bound for an off-site recycling center. Today those same types of bottles stay at the property but are pulverized by a GL Sand Machine that turns the glass into sand that can be used to replenish the sand in bunkers on the resort’s golf course or the sand at the nearby beach. Signage on the golf course explains the story behind the new sand. According to General...

Fil Doux Textiles Adds to Biodegradable Vinylife Material Collection

NEW YORK—Fil Doux Textiles introduces Arte, a new Vinylife collection that draws from the Spanish word for “craft” or “artistry”. The selection of leather looks are the latest introduction of the company’s Vinylife material, an enhanced biodegradable vinyl with a water-based, stain-resistant finish. Timeless, worn leather looks range from natural beiges and browns to deep and expressive blacks and grays. “We are happy to introduce a 100 percent cruelty-free leather option to the market that has the added benefit of sustainability,” says CEO Leo Novik. “Arte brings Vinylife to the next level with the authentic look of leather and a...

Group Urges USVI to Stop Incineration of Hurricane Debris

JOHN, USVI—As the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) picks up the pieces from the ravages of two back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes, Island Green Living Assn. is urgently pleading with Governor Mapp and members of the legislature to resist pressure from FEMA and the US Army Corp of Engineers and ban the incineration of hurricane debris. Most of the debris is clean wood from fallen trees, limbs and other vegetation. FEMA and the US Army Corp of Engineers have influenced the governor to reverse his original stance and the potential health and environmental implications of local burning, a process that will...

Green Lodging News Adds CKI Solutions as Directory Partner

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Cadence Keen Innovations as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Cadence Keen Innovations, dba CKI Solutions, was founded in 1996 by Sam Montross. CKI’s mission is to design and deliver innovative solutions that resolve hotel challenges in many areas. For example, CKI’s waterproof, bed bug proof encasements keep mattresses and pillows out of landfills. The unique designs allow for the fastest installation and, with the zip off top, washing only the top creates savings in energy and detergents. All CKI encasements can be washed in high...