Home Kitchen & Laundry

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.

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.

Number of Straw Elimination Campaigns Continues to Grow

The list of the companies committing to eliminate (or at least dramatically reduce) the number of plastic straws given to guests continues to get longer. I have tried to post each announcement. Here is a list of the companies I have so far: MGM Resorts International, Hyatt Hotels Corp., Delaware North, Meliá Hotels International, Iberostar Group, The Travel Corp., Scandic Hotels, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, Sudima Hotels & Resorts, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels, and The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Do a search on “straw” on Green Lodging News to find the various...

Soul Community Planet Opens First SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) announced the opening of its first SCP Hotel in Colorado Springs after a nine-month, $6 million renovation. The 98,000 square-foot, 176-room property, located at the base of the majestic Pikes Peak, is in its final stages of renovation. SCP Hotels represents a fresh holistic hospitality concept for both travelers and the surrounding community. Inside each SCP Hotel, guests will find opportunities to recharge their minds, refresh their bodies and re-center their souls, while connecting with fellow travelers and the community. SCP Hotels aims to help make the planet a better place through the extensive...

GLN Adds Ecoglassstraws.com to Product & Service Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added Ecoglassstraws.com to its Green Product & Service Directory in the Foodservice Supplies/Straws category. Ecoglass straws eliminate single plastic straw waste, are dishwasher safe and microwave safe, and great for cold and hot beverages. Ecoglass straws are handmade in the USA and are available in different diameters, lengths and colors. Call (541) 387-4436 or e-mail Graffiusfga@aol.com for more information.

FOODSERVICE SUPPLIES / STRAWS

Ecoglassstraws.com Reusable, Durable Glass Drinking Straws Ecoglass straws eliminate single plastic straw waste, are dishwasher safe and microwave safe, and great for cold and hot beverages. Ecoglass straws are handmade in the USA and are available in different diameters, lengths and colors. Call (541) 387-4436 for more information. Ecoglassstraws.com » Email for Details »

New Honey Bee Suite at Renaissance Asheville Hotel

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—One year and two hives later, Renaissance Asheville Hotel’s urban beekeeping project is thriving. In 2006, when honey bee colonies started disappearing, later dubbed “Colony Collapse Disorder,” beekeepers and non-beekeepers alike became very concerned. After all, one in every three bites of food we eat is courtesy of insect pollination. Equally important, 85 percent of flowering plants and trees rely on pollinators for the survival of their species. While less is known about native bees and other pollinators, we do know that entire species are disappearing at alarming rates as they battle most of the same enemies as honey...

Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey Set to Launch July 9

NATIONAL REPORT—The Third Annual Green Lodging Trends Report Survey will be launched by Greenview on July 9, 2018. The survey will close on August 10, 2018. You can participate in the survey by clicking here. There is no cost to participate. Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet are being encouraged to benchmark their sustainability practices by completing this survey which last year saw some 2,100 properties participating from 46 countries. The survey encompasses topics ranging from energy management to communication to Health & Wellness. The Green Lodging Trends Report Survey has the support of Green Lodging...

How to Use Electricity to Keep Ice Machines Clean & Safe for Guests

NATIONAL REPORT—Ice machines operate continuously to manufacture large quantities of ice, and while the low temperatures will slow the development of bacteria and algae, they actually provide an ideal environment for many strains of bacteria, which must be controlled continuously to prevent contamination. Ice machines are central to daily life, whether at home, restaurant, or wherever we have a drink we will have ice in our beverages. Health departments in most cities visit every restaurant on a schedule, and the ice machine is usually the first place they look for potential health issues. Ice makers require scheduled disinfection and wiping down to...

Keurig Green Mountain Releases Sustainability Report

BURLINGTON, MASS.—Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., a leader in specialty coffee and innovative single serve brewing, announced meaningful progress against its priority 2020 sustainability commitments. In the company’s newly released 2017 Sustainability Report, Keurig details the continued evolution of its sustainability programs to reduce its environmental footprint, improve the lives of coffee farmers, and positively impact local communities. Keurig’s 2017 Sustainability Report details the significant improvements made in the following key areas: Achieved its 2020 water stewardship target three years ahead of schedule, restoring 6,154 million liters of water; Made significant progress to achieve 100 percent of K-Cup pods are recyclable...

Javits Center Planning Rooftop Garden, Greenhouse

I have written about or posted about the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City numerous times. The Center hosts the annual HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York trade shows. The Center is highly energy efficient and even features a green roof that has been home to honeybees and many different bird species. The New York Times just reported that in 2021 the Javits Center rooftop will be the home of a farm on the roof of the extension currently being built. This farm will certainly be unique and give the Center a competitive...

Xeros Cleaning is Now Hydrofinity

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND—Xeros Cleaning Technologies, the developer of water-saving commercial laundry solutions for hotels and commercial laundries, announced it is changing its name to Hydrofinity from July 10. The company expects the name change to be implemented in all the countries where it is active by August 2018 and is previewing its new brand identity at the Hotel Show Africa in Johannesburg South Africa, June 24 to 26. “Our choice of new company name represents our key objective of helping to sustain the world’s water supplies for current and future generations,” said Mike Ferrand, Managing Director at Hydrofinity. “We must work...