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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.

WinCup Releases New phade Sustainable Boba Straws

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA.—Eco-minded boba tea enthusiasts nationwide are now able to enjoy their favorite beverage without using a straw that harms the environment. WinCup, Inc., the manufacturer of phade, the world’s first marine biodegradable, home and industrial compostable Caribbean blue drinking straw, has released a new bubble tea-sized straw for boba, smoothie and milkshake drinkers. The boba straw’s wider size is more suitable for thicker liquids while incorporating phade’s superior sustainable technology. Made with PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate), a meaningful new biopolymer derived from the fermentation of canola oil, phade straws maintain the feel and user experience of traditional plastic straws but will safely...

Hobart Announces 125-Year Anniversary Celebration Contest Winners

TROY, OHIO—Hobart announced the winners of its 125th Anniversary Celebration Contest—a giveaway of equipment prize packages, plus installation and up to one year of preventive maintenance. Tore Trupiano, owner of Mangia e Bevi in Oceanside, Calif., was the independent restaurant winner. Nicholas Angelakis, owner of Colonial Farms Gourmet Food and Market in Washington Crossing, Pa., won in the independent food retail store category. Both winners were chosen based on their commitment to local philanthropy and community outreach and will use their new Hobart equipment to further their missions. “We are honored to be able to support both of these owners and...

Dusit Hotels and Resorts is first Hotel Chain in Thailand to Offer 100 Percent Organic Rice at Its Properties Throughout the Country

BANGKOK, THAILAND—Dusit Hotels and Resorts, under Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has become the first hotel chain in Thailand to offer 100 percent organic rice across its entire portfolio of properties nationwide, bringing nutritional benefits to guests, customers, and employees, and sustainable income gains and life-changing developments to agricultural communities in the kingdom’s Thung Kula Rong Hai area, specifically Surin and Sisaket provinces. Driven by Dusit International’s food business unit, Dusit Foods, and the company’s Sustainability Committee, the initiative sees Dusit work directly with farm collectives and provide all the support they need—from quality...

Auberge Resorts Collection’s Wildflower Farms Opens in Hudson Valley

HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y.—Overlooking the mighty Shawangunk Ridge on 140 arcadian acres, Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection recently opened as a new, environmentally conscious, luxury retreat, fringed by fiery fall forests and a slow-rippling river. A verdant escape in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, its expansive grounds encompass orchards, woodlands, a namesake farm, heirloom gardens and fields of native wildflowers. Nestled within are 65 bespoke cabins, cottages, and suites; Thistle, an Auberge Spa; Maplehouse cooking school; and exceptional dining destinations, including the resort’s signature restaurant Clay—all inspired by the region’s wild beauty. “Fifteen years ago, my wife, Kristin, and I came to...

Evidence of Sustainability Commitment Abundant Among Suppliers at HX, BDNY

NEW YORK—HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY), two adjoining trade shows held at the Javits Center November 13 to 14, wrapped up this week with numerous first-time suppliers introducing green products and services. In addition, veterans of the two shows were back to tout the green upsides to their products and services to the thousands of attendees. It would be impossible to list all the suppliers deserving of publicity, but the following are many of them, along with a brief description of what they featured at the shows. Sapphire Beverages introduced its water in easy-to-recycle aluminum...

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Achieves LEED Gold

NEW ORLEANS—The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) has achieved its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, a major milestone in its ongoing commitment to sustainability. A building rating system that provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, green buildings, LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. This official certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) makes the NOENMCC the largest LEED-certified project in Louisiana, the largest convention center project in the U.S. certified under LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance and the first convention center in the world to be awarded initial certification...

WinCup’s phade Straw Featured at Professional Sport’s Championships

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA.—In a major win for eco-conscious consumers and sports fans alike, WinCup’s phade, the world’s first marine biodegradable, home, and industrial compostable Caribbean blue drinking straw, has achieved the “triple crown” for sustainable foodservice products at professional sports venues in 2022. These unique new straws are the preferred straw of choice at SoFi Stadium in LA—host of Super Bowl LVI, TD Garden in Boston—home of the 2022 NBA Finals, and now Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia—home of Major League Baseball’s World Series. This trifecta is in addition to phade’s appearance for the last two years at the...

Element Hotels & Lettuce Grow Join Forces to Bring Travelers Fresh & Free Produce on the Go

BETHESDA, MD.—Element Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 hotel brands, unveiled an innovative collaboration with Lettuce Grow, a nationally recognized leader of hydroponic gardening. Together, they are providing travelers with direct access to free, farm-fresh produce while on the road. Element Hotels is driven by a wellness-first mindset that is deeply rooted in its commitment to sustainability and providing a balanced stay while redefining the longer stay experience. Designed for the healthy, active traveler, Element’s signature fully equipped kitchens make eating nutritiously a little bit easier while away from home. This first-of-its-kind hospitality collaboration brings all the perks of mindful eating...

Six Senses Laamu Introduces Sustainability Camp

LAAMU, MALDIVES—The new Sustainability Camp at Six Senses Laamu marked World Tourism Day on September 27 this year, complementing the brand-wide Climate Warriors initiative and the resort’s Junior Marine Biology program already in place. Covering the topics of “Zero Waste”, “Home Grown”, and “Nature Conservation”, it aimed to give teenage guests and their families insights into the sustainability initiatives and techniques used for the resort’s operations and provide a skillset for the daily improvements they can make at home, striving towards a more sustainable way of life. Sustainability Camp took place over three days, with two 90-minute sessions per day. Four sessions...

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Switches On the Sun

NHA TRANG, Vietnam—Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has introduced Ninh Van Greens, the first in-resort solar farm in Vietnam, named after the resort’s unique location and the idea of harnessing solar to power the resort while growing crops for the restaurants and spa. The Ninh Van Greens solar complex has the resources to produce electricity, organic vegetables and fruits, and hot water. One of the significant highlights of Ninh Van Greens is that the solar farm houses a 17,222 square-foot (1,600 square-meter) organic garden called Solar FreshCuts. Due to the ingenious placement of the solar panels, the land beneath them can be used...