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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.

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.

Kentucky’s Renovated Envi Boutique Hotel Has Come a Long Way Since It First Opened in 1967

HENDERSON, KY.—The Envi Boutique Hotel, located in Henderson, Kentucky, is proof that an old, tired hotel that has seen its share of flags can not only survive but thrive as a shiny, totally renovated green hotel striving to be greener. According to Kiran Patel, owner of the property, the 54-room hotel was first opened in 1967 as a full-service Holiday Inn. It later was converted to a Best Western and finally two other brands before being renovated into the Envi Boutique Hotel in June of this year. “In 1994 we purchased the property and was with Super 8 for 23.5...

Steeped Coffee Wins Nexty Best New Product Award

PHILADELPHIA—Steeped Coffee, a Certified B Corp, was announced as the NEXTY Awards Winner for “Best New Product” for its French Roast Fair Trade Organic Breakwater Blend. Steeped Coffee was honored as the “Best New Tea or Coffee” by the coveted NEXTY Awards, announced at the annual Natural Products Expo East in Philadelphia. Steeped is showcasing its single-serve Steeped Brewing Method and Guilt-Free Packaging in Booth No. 1214 at the expo September 23 to 25. Brewed like tea, fully compostable Steeped Packs require no machines or specialty brewing equipment and are quickly becoming the sustainable standard in single-serve coffee. Nearly 600 products competed in the NEXTY Awards this year. The...

Cintas Goal: Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

CINCINNATI—Cintas Corp. announced its ambition to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The company is also in the midst of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide review of its business model as it relates to environmental, social and governance (ESG) opportunities, improvements, and efficiencies. Cintas has been built on sustainable business practices, and the continuous improvement of its sustainability measures has been key to the company’s operational success over the years. As its business review continues for the next 12 to 18 months, Cintas expects to better define its ESG journey, including identifying strategies to reduce its Scope 1 and 2...

Japan Hotel Run by Electricity Generated from Hydrogen, Food Waste

KAWASAKI CITY, JAPAN—In any conversation about green hotels, one of the hotels that deserves a lot of time is the Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu REI Hotel in Kawasaki City, Japan. The 186-room property is run by 100 percent renewable energy. Thirty percent of the energy is derived from hydrogen. Seventy percent of the energy is derived from food waste generated renewable energy. Since transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy the hotel has saved more than $15,000 per year. To generate hydrogen, used plastics (household plastic trash plus hotel amenities) are sent to Showa Denko K.K.’s hydrogen production facility where they...

Hydro Systems Improves Visibility of On-Premises Laundry Process

CINCINNATI—Hydro Systems, a world leader in delivering chemical dispensing and dosing solutions, has released its Connected Total Eclipse Controller, an IoT-enabled version of Hydro’s most popular electronic controller designed for on-premise laundries with up to four washers. It leverages the Hydro Connect platform and a cellular gateway to provide greater visibility and cost savings through on-demand reporting. “The Connected Total Eclipse Controller expands the capability of our cost-effective, secure and easy-to-use laundry dispensing systems. This gives managers real-time access to operational data to help them run the site more efficiently,” said John Goetz, Global Product Manager, Hydro Systems. The Connected Total Eclipse Controller can be added to most Hydro laundry dispensers, including the LM-200 peristaltic pumps or EvoClean, and it delivers critical site data with real-time or historical reporting on productivity, chemical usage, costs and alarms through Hydro Connect. Automating reporting simplifies processes and helps managers avoid alarm...

World Centric Expands NoTree Packaging Collection

ROHNERT PARK, CALIF.—World Centric announced that it has expanded its NoTree collection of 100 percent tree-free, bio-based and compostable packaging with 17 new products. Now available across North America, the expanded range provides more sustainable alternatives to traditional disposable foodservice ware for operators. As with all items in the NoTree collection, the new product additions are made of renewable plant fibers like bamboo and sugarcane with bio-based moisture barrier linings instead of petroleum plastic. They are also heat lamp tolerant, warming oven friendly, and are suitable for hot or cold foods. All NoTree items are 100 percent compostable in...

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show Postponed to 2022

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group has made the decision to postpone the 2021 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo Florida that were scheduled for September 19 to 20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. This decision was made following conversations with exhibitors, operators, sponsors, and speakers who recommended moving the next in person live event to 2022 because of health and safety conditions related to the pandemic in Orlando. Dates and venue will be announced shortly. “Our events are here to support the industry as a partner, and although disappointed that we will not be able...

Six Senses Ibiza Opens Powered by Its Own Renewable Energy Source

IBIZA—Six Senses Ibiza recently opened, establishing itself as one of the world’s most discerning destinations for today’s generation of creatives and culture seekers. Conceived by architect and developer Jonathan Leitersdorf, the year-round destination set in secluded Xarraca bay offers a comprehensive range of amenities and programming, farm-to-table dining, music, art, sustainable fashion, culture, longevity and wellness. Each experience is inspired by the traditions and values of the island’s north to deliver an intentional destination that provokes meaningful moments of community, spirituality, and celebration. Xarraca Bay is a long-hidden secret on Ibiza’s northern tip. Integrated into its contours to enjoy unobstructed sunsets,...

Renaissance Asheville Hotel Awarded Native Pollinator Garden Certification

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—Renaissance Asheville Hotel received its Native Pollinator Garden Certification from Asheville Greenworks, a community-based, volunteer-led environmental conservation and education organization. Renaissance Asheville is a long-time supporter of pollinators, hosting the annual Black Jar International Honey Tasting Contest each June in honor of Pollinator Month. Every year, the Center for Honeybee Research invites beekeepers to enter their honey in a tasting contest. While many honey contests are judged based on a variety of criteria including clarity, moisture, and foam, the Black Jar relies solely on taste. Jars of honey are wrapped in black cloth and tasted over a variety of...

Florida Restaurant Industry Financial Security in Danger of Being Wiped Out Without Congressional Relief

TALLAHASSEE—Yesterday, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), the National Restaurant Association, and other state restaurant association partners sent a letter to Congressional leadership sharing new national consumer confidence survey findings and urging swift replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Florida has more than 11,500 pending applications that total nearly $2.7 billion in stabilization funding that would be addressed by the $60 billion proposed replenishment bills. The letter urges Congress to complete the mission of the RRF and provide adequate funds to replenish the program and offer relief for the applications still pending. “There are thousands of Florida small business owners stuck...