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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. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.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. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Spain’s Iberostar Transitioning to Certified Seafood Suppliers at 120 Hotels, Restaurants

MAJORCA, SPAIN—A third of the world’s oceans are now overfished, according to the UN. Hotel businesses, some of whom serve a ton of seafood a day, have a unique opportunity to lead a change in responsible seafood harvesting and consumption. Iberostar, which hosts 8 million guests a year at its 120 hotels and restaurants in 19 countries, has converted 15 percent of its total seafood procurement to suppliers certified by partner organizations including the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), on the way to a goal of 25 percent. It now serves about 8,600 kg (almost...

PacknWood to Exhibit at HX: The Hotel Experience

NEW YORK, N.Y.—PacknWood announced that it will exhibit at The Hotel Experience at the Javits Center in New York City from November 10 to 11. The Javits Center is located at 429 11th Avenue, just over half a mile from the PacknWood showroom and office. Participants are invited to come see all the hotel and food service supplies PacknWood carries in its showroom at 213 W 35th Street on the 14th floor. The PacknWood displays will be located at Booth #1136. Packnwood is one of the 225+ exhibitors that will showcase its food service products to hotel and food service...

Mandarin Oriental Commits to Eliminating Single-Use Plastic Across Its Global Luxury Portfolio

HONG KONG—Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has pledged to eliminate all single-use plastic, across its entire portfolio of luxury hotels, by the end of March 2021. While the travel industry has already made great strides towards the removal of plastic straws and single-use drinking bottles, the Group is keen to play its part in the luxury hotel segment and commit to a wider and more challenging aim to abolish all single-use plastic currently in use across all operational departments, including rooms, spa, transport, restaurants and bars. The aim is to cover plastics used in all areas of the hotel, and not...

Flo Introduces Three New Coffee Capsule Formats in GEA Family

MINNETONKA, MINN.—Flo S.p.A., a major European food packaging producer increasingly engaged in research of sustainable high-quality products, introduced three new capsule formats in the GEA family that are industrially compostable, fully biobased, and able to provide a brewing experience that is expected of the most popular capsules on the market. Building on the success and adoption of the GEA compostable version for the A Modo Mio system, Flo again partnered with NatureWorks—a leading company in the production of functional biomaterials—to develop new GEA capsules suitable for Nespresso, Lavazza Blue, and Keurig systems. The GEA capsules are all made with Ingeo, a...

At Very Low Cost, a Heated Towel Rack Can Prolong a Towel’s Trip to the Laundry

NATIONAL REPORT—For guests staying multiple nights at a hotel, the ubiquitous towel/linen reuse program has been an effective way to keep towels out of the laundry. According to the 2018 Lodging Survey, 95 percent of lodging establishments now offer the program. Yet another way to prolong a towel’s trip to the laundry is to offer a heated towel rack in the guestroom bathroom. According to Amba Products, utilized in Europe for decades due to their energy efficiency, heated towel racks use much less energy than a standard dryer (about the same amount of electricity as a few light bulbs)....

Winnow Raises $20 Million to Lead Global Fight Against Food Waste

LONDON—Winnow, the technology company behind Winnow Vision, the artificial intelligence tool helping chefs cut food waste in half, is announcing the completion of its series B round of funding at a total of $12 million. This follows a recent $8 million loan from The European Investment Bank (EIB), with the help of the Juncker Plan, which focuses on boosting investment to generate jobs and growth. The company, with U.S. offices located in Iowa City, has recently made headlines in the country, having been selected as a food waste innovator and recipient of the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Kroger Foundation...

Emerald Brand Announces USA Made ‘Tree-Free’ Hot Cup

SYOSSET, N.Y.—Emerald Brand has created the first USA made Tree-Free hot cup. The technology mimics many of the newest rollouts by Emerald Brand utilizing their newest technology in Tree-Free, non-virgin or recycled traditional tree pulp. Traditional virgin and recycled pulp have and will continue to contribute to the deforestation and climate change epidemic. Not only will deforestation impact the lives of the species that live there, but it is also impacting the lives of humans. Trees are disappearing at an alarming rate due to deforestation. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 18 million acres (7.3...

BioHiTech Global Receives Orders for 20 Revolution Series Digesters

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y.—BioHiTech Global, Inc., a technology and services company that provides cost-effective and sustainable waste management solutions, announced that it has received orders for 20 of its Revolution Series Digesters for delivery to several leading international hospitality companies, including two new end-customers. The orders consist of several direct sales as well as rental contracts. The company has already shipped six units and expects to complete delivery of the remaining units in the fourth quarter. The digesters will be installed in hotel and hospitality locations in both Europe and the United States. The company sees significant opportunity for additional unit...

Boxed Water Is Better Announces Art of Tea Collaboration

HOLLAND, MICH.—Boxed Water Is Better announced the launch of Boxed Matcha in collaboration with mission-driven tea importer Art of Tea. The bundle includes a 24-pack of 500 mL Boxed Water and 24 Art of Tea Matchasticks, an organic ceremonial grade blend of three Japanese green tea varietals. Simply pour, shake and go. For each product sold, Boxed Water and Art of Tea will plant 24 trees in U.S. National Forests with the National Forest Foundation (NFF). “At Boxed Water, we’re always looking for brands who share our Better Planet ethos,” said Boxed Water Chief Marketing Officer Rob Koenen. “With Art of...

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine Resurrects Organic Vegetable Garden Worked by Monks 900 Years Ago

SARDÓN DE DUERO, SPAIN—Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is channeling its historic roots—and providing guests with the ultimate locally sourced, organic and flavorful produce in the property’s restaurants—with the creation of a large vegetable garden adopting the sustainable techniques and methods used by the abbey’s original monk inhabitants in the 12th century. The location between the abbey and the river is not only ideal because of the fertile soil and abundance of water, but is the very spot where the monks had their vegetable garden almost 900 years ago. More than 90 vegetable varieties, including 10 different types of tomato, are currently...