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Cooking, cooling, washing and drying all consume large amounts of energy and water. By simply using Energy Star-qualified equipment, a hotel operator can sharply reduce resource consumption. The kitchen and laundry can also be large waste generators. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Kitchen & Laundry

Home Kitchen & Laundry
Cooking, cooling, washing and drying all consume large amounts of energy and water. By simply using Energy Star-qualified equipment, a hotel operator can sharply reduce resource consumption. The kitchen and laundry can also be large waste generators. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Pellet Made from Seaweed a Breakthrough as Alternative to Oil-Derived Plastic

SAN FRANCISCO—A plastic alternative made from seaweed is now a reality thanks to the work of LOLIWARE and its founder and CEO Chelsea Briganti. On Earth Day, April 22, the company announced that it has developed the first seaweed pellet—the SEA Tech Pellet—created from natural biomaterials to replace plastic at scale. Already, with the help of American manufacturer Sinclair and Rush, LOLIWARE has produce a seaweed straw that has captured the interest of the hotel industry’s leading chains. The company has also produced disposable cutlery and single use packaging products. From a cost standpoint, the straws are competitive with other leading...

Green Restaurant Association Recognizes Destination Kohler, Lodge Kohler

KOHLER, WIS.—Kohler Co. announces that all 16 of its Destination Kohler and Lodge Kohler restaurants are now Certified Green Restaurants. This recognition and impactful step in sustainable dining practices gives Kohler Co. the distinguished honor of having the most Certified Green Restaurants in the state of Wisconsin. The Green Restaurant Association is a national nonprofit organization that provides the only official Certified Green Restaurants mark in the country. The restaurants, located in Kohler, Sheboygan and Green Bay, have implemented scores of sustainable practices to save energy, reduce waste, and lead the restaurant industry towards environmental sustainability. Kohler’s longstanding belief that being a responsible steward of...

Washington Wine Industry Launches Sustainable WA Certification Program

The Pacific Northwest is certainly a great place for growing grapes and making wine and now the Washington wine industry has launched the state’s first statewide certified sustainability program for wine grapes, signifying a commitment to quality fruit, environmental stewardship, and healthy communities. Sustainable WA will begin certifying vineyards this summer. “From pest and disease management to sustainable water management, prioritizing worker health and safety and tracking various inputs, this program is environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically viable,” said Sustainable WA Program Manager, Katlyn Slone. Sustainable WA is the first certified sustainability program built specifically for Washington vineyards. To achieve...

Hobart Announces 125th Anniversary Celebration Contest

TROY, OHIO—To celebrate its 125th anniversary and the loyal customers who support the brand, Hobart announced it is hosting an equipment giveaway. The Hobart 125th Anniversary Celebration Contest includes prize packages of equipment, along with installation and up to one year of preventive maintenance for two lucky winners: one independent restaurant owner and one independent food retail store owner. Hobart will award the winners based on their local philanthropy and community outreach, as well as how the equipment will impact those initiatives. Contestants will provide this information for the selection process by submitting short narratives through an online entry form. “We...

Control4 Helps New Zealand Restaurant Achieve New Level of Ambiance

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—At The Fine Lion restaurant and bar in Ashburton, New Zealand, guests are treated to a luxurious, upscale atmosphere that features imported mosaic tiles, brass detailing, lush greenery and contrasting color schemes. It’s what they don’t see, however, that sets the eatery apart from its competition and makes daily operations simpler for staff. With the help of ElectraServe, a local electrical and smart tech integration company, the restaurant installed a Control4 system that consolidates control for lighting, security, heating, cooling, window shades, TVs and audio zones into a single interface that’s accessed through Control4 touch panels or the Control4 mobile app. According to James...

Rooted in Mindfulness JW Marriott Launches Garden Collaboration with Lily Kwong

BETHESDA, MD.—JW Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 hotel brands, recently announced the debut of three herb gardens envisioned and planted by renowned landscape designer Lily Kwong as part of the brand’s JW Garden program. Kwong, whose reverence for nature comes to life through her breathtaking botanical installations, is the founder of Studio Lily Kwong, a next-generation landscape design studio with a mission to reconnect people to nature. JW Marriott is guided by similar principles, with a commitment to mindfulness that allows guests to be present in mind, nourished in body and revitalized in spirit—pillars that directly...

MGM Resorts International Releases 2021 Social Impact & Sustainability Report & Website

LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced the publication of its 2021 Social Impact and Sustainability Report and significantly refreshed website. The report and website tell the story of the company’s continuing and steadfast commitment to its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles of embracing humanity and protecting the planet. The report and website (mgmresorts.com/ESG) also highlight the company's strategies, programs and performance focused on creating a more sustainable future and making a positive impact on the lives of employees, guests and communities. “Last year was a time of economic change and disruption, but with it came heightened reflection, ultimately resulting in...

PulPac, HSMG Present Fiber-Based Alternative to Plastic Coffee Lid

VÄSTRA FRÖLUNDA, SWEDEN—Bowls, cutlery, cups—any packaging that is in contact with food—needs a barrier to prevent water and oil from leaking through. Paper and molded fiber packaging have traditionally relied on a thin plastic film or the addition of fluorochemicals to hold out water and grease. Neither of these solutions is ideal, as plastic layers are not degradable and can be difficult to recycle. Fluorochemicals have been found to migrate into food and accumulate in our bodies, prompting them to be banned in many parts of the world. What is the answer, then, for transitioning to environmentally sustainable fiber-based...

Flow Beverage Now Official Water Partner for Accor

TORONTO—Flow Beverage announced that it has executed an agreement with Accor for Flow Alkaline Spring Water to become Accor’s official water partner in North and Central America. The vendor agreement between Flow and Accor is intended to replace all single-use plastic water bottles across Accor’s properties in the region with Flow water. A world leading hospitality group with more than 5,300 properties in 110 countries, Accor is the second largest luxury hotel operator in North America. Beginning last month, Flow products were launched at more than 70 luxury hotel properties under such globally renowned brands as Fairmont and Sofitel, across...

Delaware North’s ‘Seeds for Sustainability’ Campaign Offered Guests Eco-friendly, Plantable Drink Coasters to Take Home

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Delaware North, a global leader in the hospitality and entertainment industry, announced a partnership with Sierra Nevada and Impossible Burger for its 2022 Earth Month campaign, “Seeds for Sustainability.” The campaign, part of Delaware North’s award-winning GreenPath program, replaced traditional cardboard drink coasters and beverage napkins with eco-friendly, plantable seed coasters for guests to take home, plant and enjoy. The Earth Day promotion, featuring Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing and plant-based Impossible Burgers, was available at 27 locations across Delaware North’s Parks, Travel, Gaming and Patina Restaurant Group divisions during the month of April, while supplies lasted. In all, more than...