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

Starbucks Commits to a Resource-Positive Future

SEATTLE—In a public letter citing the company’s enduring mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson announced a multi-decade commitment to be a resource-positive company, aspiring to give more than it takes from the planet. The announcement included science-based preliminary targets for the reduction of carbon emissions, water use and waste by 2030, and outlined five strategies the company has identified to move toward them. “As we approach the 50th anniversary of Starbucks in 2021, we are looking ahead with a heightened sense of urgency and conviction that we must challenge ourselves, think bigger and do...

LOLIWARE Closes $6MM Venture Round with Top Impact Investors

NEW YORK—LOLIWARE, the world’s leading seaweed-based material technology company replacing plastics, announced the close of a $6MM financing round, led by prominent New York venture firm Hatzimemos/Libby. As part of this announcement the company added new leadership, a new board member and announced that demand for billions of LOLIWARE’s Straw of the Future—seaweed-based, biodegradable straws—spans 68 countries across six continents. LOLIWARE will use the proceeds to meet global demand from Fortune 500 companies, scaling its first straws into the billions in 2020. LOLIWARE, co-founded by Chelsea Fawn Briganti, is focused on changing the way people think about single-use plastic. LOLIWARE’s...

Survey Reveals ‘What’s Hot’ & On the Minds of U.S. Chefs

The National Restaurant Association just released the results of its annual What’s Hot Culinary Forecast. The What’s Hot survey was conducted in November-December 2019. More than 600 American Culinary Federation chefs rated 133 individual trends in 12 categories, identified in partnership with Technomic, Inc. What is clear from the survey is that sustainability, health and wellness are top of mind among chefs. The top 10 overall trends include: eco-friendly packaging, plant-based proteins, delivery-friendly menu items, healthy bowls, scratch made, creativity with catering, revamped classic cocktails, stress relievers, specialty burger blends, and unique beef and pork cuts. According to NRA, eco-friendly packaging...

Penta Hotels Making Guests ‘Souper Heroes’ Through New Campaign to Donate Soup to People in Need

FRANKFURT, GERMANY—The winter months are here, and for those of us that are lucky enough to enjoy the comforts of home, it can be a happy and cozy time of year. However, for those less fortunate, it can be one of the toughest. This year Penta is extending their hospitality beyond their guests and into local communities by providing hot soup and sit-down meals to people in need. Penta announced its widest-reaching charitable campaign to date, Souper Heroes, which exemplifies the brand’s philosophy of giving back through direct community engagement. The campaign aims to inspire, to raise awareness and to...

Plant-Based, Sustainable, and Healthy Are What’s Hot on Restaurant Menus in 2020

CHICAGO—Comfort food and innovation are pairing up on this year’s list of what’s hot in trends and creations coming to diners from restaurant kitchens. The annual What’s Hot Culinary Forecast, released by the National Restaurant Association, offers a detailed look at the topics, trends, and products—from the ordinary to the surprising—rated sizzling hot by chefs working in kitchens across the country. Diners will see many more alternatives in restaurants this year, as owners and operators adopt eco-friendly packaging, plant-based proteins, revamped classic cocktails, specialty burger blends (mushroom-beef burgers, etc.), and unique beef and pork cuts, which all made the list...

Recent Years See Increase in Plastic Straw Alternatives

NATIONAL REPORT—Almost two years ago, Green Lodging News published an article on alternatives to plastic straws. In that article, straws made from paper, bamboo, glass and polylactic acid (PLA) were mentioned as plastic alternatives. In the two years since that article was published, numerous other types of non-plastic straws have hit the market. YesStraws, formed in 2018 and maker of straws from the stalk of cane plants, recently published a list of its “19 Plastic Straw Alternatives to Save the Environment.” On that list are straws made from materials ranging from wheat to papaya leaf stems to metal. To...

Ray Caye: Rebranding A Sustainability-Centered Belizean Resort

PLACENCIA, BELIZE—Ray Caye is a small (20-unit) island resort with a very large focus on sustainability. The property is 17 miles off the coast of Belize and a short flight from Belize City, then a boat ride. It has been open for eight years but is reopening in January as Ray Caye. This is a decidedly upscale resort but there has been as much investment in environmental elements as in accommodations, according to Dasha Shivers, the resort’s General Manager. Seriously Solar On the solar front, the resort has a solar array of 100 KW (total of all installed solar panels); a...

Bamboo Studio Will Soon Launch Eco Hempware

SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.—Bamboo Studio is about to launch Eco Hempware, the world’s first collection of foodservice tableware made entirely from high-grade industrial grown hemp fiber. Twice as strong as steel, six times as flexible, and 100 percent compostable, industrial hemp is a high-yield crop ideally suited for the food industry, producing four times as much fiber pulp from one acre of hemp as an acre of trees. Eco Hempware is microwave safe, dishwasher safe and extremely durable. Experts at making sustainable tableware with natural fibers for over 10 years, Bamboo Studio is launching its newest brand, Eco-Hempware, with an initial 50-piece...

Five Benefits of Eating Organic

NATIONAL REPORT—One of the main reasons farmers want to farm organically is due to concerns for the environment and about working with agricultural chemicals in conventional farming systems. Organic means food must be grown without the use of bioengineered genes (GMOs), synthetic pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Omaha is on the forefront of the farm-to-fork movement. Real estate in Omaha will soon be one of the hottest real estate markets for investors, thanks to agricultural products and services. More and more people seem to be eating organic, keep reading for the five benefits of eating organic. 1. Organic...

Sustainable Hospitality Brand, Shepherd Eco, Launches in Wynwood, Florida

MIAMI BEACH, FLA.—Lucky Shepherd announces the launch of its Shepherd Eco sustainable hospitality brand with a flagship location in Wynwood, Miami. The project, developed by Shepherd Atma and Hoar Program Management (HPM), with Touzet Studio as architect and Gensler as interior design, is slated to open late 2022. The Shepherd Eco brand finds its roots in the deeply intertwined concepts of sustainability and humanity—the dual heartbeats that drive these Eco-systems—thriving, dynamic communities weaving residents, guests, locals, and nature into a rich, fulfilling experience. Eco’s sustainability ethos is honored through strategies for reducing plastic and water usage, and resiliency elements are located where they can be...