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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.

Fisher & Paykel Launches New Professional Dual Fuel Range

COSTA MESA, CALIF.—Fisher & Paykel, a leader in premium appliances, announces the launch of the new 48” Professional Dual Fuel Range. Available in April, the 48” Professional Dual Fuel Range expands upon the New Zealand-based brand’s cooking solutions. Featuring a hybrid cooktop, half-induction and half-gas, and generous oven capacity, this versatile appliance provides those of all cooking levels a best-in-class cooking experience. Designed with function and large-scale culinary preparation in mind, the Professional Range brings a new level of power, capacity and precision to the market. “We design and engineer our products around the human experience,” says Shane Rehm, Fisher...

Eco-Products Introduces Compostable Lids for Takeout Containers

BOULDER, COLO.—Eco-Products, a Novolex brand, is introducing new compostable lids for its takeout containers that are ideal for restaurants and snack bars seeking environmentally preferable options. Like the takeout container bases, the new lids are made from renewable sugarcane fiber and are part of the WorldView line. The bases and lids meet ASTM D6868 standards for commercial compostability. “We’re proud to introduce yet another innovative product that combines environmental benefits while maintaining performance,” said Sarah Martinez, Senior Director of Marketing for Eco-Products. “These WorldView lids are strong, durable and compostable—an important combination for environmentally focused restaurants.” Among the new features of the...

Standex to Sell Master-Bilt & Nor-Lake Refrigeration Businesses

HUDSON, WIS.—Standex Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG) has reached a definitive agreement to sell its Master-Bilt and Nor-Lake refrigeration businesses to Ten Oaks Group, a family office focused exclusively on corporate divestitures. The closing is expected to occur in the next 45 days. Standex continually assesses its portfolio of businesses to ensure alignment with its long-term strategic vision. As part of this assessment, Standex determined that the Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG), specifically the Master-Bilt and Nor-Lake brands, no longer aligns with its long-term strategy. This review was a thoughtful one in which a variety of factors were carefully weighed and ultimately...

Eco-Products Launches Soak-Proof Compostable Servingware

BOULDER, COLO.—Eco-Products, a Novolex brand, is expanding its Regalia line of foodservice ware to feature new soak-proof, compostable half pans and lids—ideal for restaurants, caterers and others seeking innovative, environmentally preferable solutions for their events. The Regalia line will also now feature half pans made from sugarcane and lined with PLA—a plant-based, compostable material derived from sugar cane, bamboo and other renewables—for extra protection against leaks. They are available in one-, two- and four-compartment sizes, with a compostable lid that fits all the pans. “At Eco-Products, we are always searching for innovative solutions for our customers seeking environmentally preferable options,” said...

Food Waste Reduction Alliance Releases Report

ARLINGTON, VA.—The Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA)—a collaborative effort of the Consumer Brands Assn., FMI-The Food Industry Assn., and the National Restaurant Assn.—released a new report, Messy but Worth It: Lessons Learned from Fighting Food Waste, that highlights experience-driven advice to keep perfectly good food out of landfills. For the guide, FWRA interviewed food manufacturers, grocers and foodservice operators to get their best tips on how to successfully launch a food waste reduction program and to sustainably nurture it over time. Some of the report’s key recommendations include: Forge an internal food waste prevention culture. Education and cross-functional teamwork will...

Water Bottle Refill Stations Installed at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

NEW ORLEANS—The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has installed the first two of more than 60 planned water bottle refill stations as part of ongoing efforts to make the facility an industry leader in sustainability. These first installations are a pilot test for a building-wide rollout in the coming months. Both of the newly installed refill stations can be found on the Convention Center Boulevard-side of Lobby B. Visitors to the Center can place their reusable water bottles up to the station’s infrared sensor, which will then dispense chilled and filtered water. The station will keep a running...

Smile Coffee Werks Launches Compostable Coffee Pods

DARIEN, CONN.—Smile Coffee Werks has unveiled compostable coffee pods made from renewable raw materials with over a 12-month shelf life. The patented technology utilizes a plant based, BPA-free cup and top, creating a commercially compostable coffee product; a seamless fit for waste-conscious consumers, private labels, retailers and hospitality groups alike. The pods are compatible with Nespresso classic style coffee makers, BPI-certified and commercially compostable in 12 weeks. Made from renewable plant-based products, the pods are the first carbon neutral, single step disposal product to hit the market. Smile Coffee Werks is available for purchase at SmileCoffeeWerks.com in compatible 100 percent...

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Shares Its Eco Journey

I spoke with Kristen Pryor this past week. Kristen is the general manager of the LEED Silver Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley in Colorado. She has been General Manager of the 240-room property for almost five years and has overseen many of the property’s green initiatives. Several of the hotel’s programs caught my attention—some because of their uniqueness and others because they address issues that many of you are currently facing. First, the resort is in the process of phasing out all single-use plastic bottles. This will be done by May 1. No longer will plastic water...

Princeville Resort to Become 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay

NEW YORK—SH Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Starwood Capital Group, a global private investment firm, announced that Princeville Resort in Kauai will temporarily close on May 1 to undergo a multimillion-dollar complete transformation. The Princeville Resort is situated on a hillside overlooking the breathtaking Hanalei Bay and the verdant cliffs of the Na Pali coast, and surrounded by the lush tropical flora of Hawaii’s Garden Island. Starwood Capital acquired the Princeville Resort in 2018 with the intention of repositioning the resort as the finest wellness resort in the United States and as the flagship of its 1 Hotels,...

What to Look for in Eco-friendly Bedding

NATIONAL REPORT—These days, sustainable manufacturing and consumerism are the most important things we can do to contribute to lessening our impact on global resources. We can help with this goal with every small decision we make, even down to our choices of bedding, by opting for eco-friendly bedding when we come to replace our existing bedding. But what should we be looking for in eco-friendly bedding? Should We Choose Cotton or Other Fibers? Cotton is somewhat the default when we choose our bedding. It’s hard-wearing, it stays cool, and it’s quite absorbent when it needs to be. The problem with cotton,...