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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: 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.

AI Technology Helps IHG Hotels Track, Measure and Reduce Food Waste

DENHAM, ENGLAND—InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced a partnership with technology company Winnow to help its hotels automatically track, measure and reduce food waste for more sustainable and efficient restaurant and bar operations. IHG is the first global hotel company to use the award-winning Winnow Vision AI enabled technology, which will help its hotels achieve a 30 percent reduction in food waste. Using an intelligent camera, smart scales and AI-based smart meter technology, Winnow Vision analyzes ingredients during food preparation, as well as plates returned to the kitchen, to assess which food items are most wasted and in what quantities....

Eco-Products Increases Use of Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic

BOULDER, COLO.—Eco-Products announced that it is increasing its use of post-consumer recycled plastic and has become an “APR Recycling Demand Champion.” The designation is part of a campaign—launched by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) in 2017—to expand market demand for recycled resins and improve recycling in North America. Without companies committing to use post-consumer content in products and packaging, the recycling industry can face challenges in making the economics work. Demand Champions are “forward-thinking, proactive organizations (that) are playing a prominent role in expanding the market for mixed residential plastics,” according to the APR website. “This is all part of our...

Best Western Plus Norman Partners with Food Pantry

NORMAN, OKLA.—Best Western Plus Norman has formed a new, ongoing partnership with the University of Oklahoma Food Pantry to provide a regular supply of personal hygiene products. More than 4,000 products—including shampoo, razors, body wash, mouthwash, deodorant and other toiletries—were presented to OU Food Pantry Graduate Director Matt Marks recently. “We are extremely honored to kick off this partnership with the OU Food Pantry,” said Steve Martens, CEO of Hospitality Management LLC, which operates four Best Western-branded properties in Oklahoma and Kansas. “This is the second time one of our hotels has partnered with a local food bank, and we’ve...

Boxed Water Is Better to Kick Off No-Plastic Pledge Campaign

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.—Boxed Water Is Better will kick off its No-Plastic Pledge campaign on World Ocean Day, June 8. As part of the campaign, the company is asking people to give up plastic bottles for 30 days or more. Participants can follow @BoxedWater to support and share the message. One can also follow #BetterPlanet to join the plastic pledge community. According to Boxed Water Is Better, 8.8 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans each year. A total of 150 million metric tons already float in our oceans. The average American uses 167 plastic bottles annually. Pledge kits are available...

Signal Mountain Lodge Launches Composting Partnership with Haderlie Farms

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYO.—Signal Mountain Lodge—the only lodging on the shores of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park—launched a composting partnership with Haderlie Farms of Thayne, Wyoming, in 2018. Over the course of the 2018 summer season, the lodge’s Peaks Restaurant, Trapper Grill, Leek’s Pizzeria, General Store, front desk and staff dining room diverted 42 tons of food waste from the landfill. Erik Kimball, Food and Beverage Director, Signal Mountain Lodge, provided Haderlie Farms with the list of vegetables and herbs he plans to feature on his menu for the 2019 season, which begins May 10. On the...

Nespresso Invites Companies to Join Its Aluminum Recycling Program

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND—Nespresso issued an invitation to other portioned coffee manufacturers to join its recycling program, paving the way for a global recycling scheme for aluminum coffee capsules. The move was endorsed by the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board (NSAB) during its annual meeting in Geneva. By inviting other portioned coffee manufacturers to join its scheme, Nespresso hopes to improve the accessibility and convenience of aluminium capsule recycling. Companies joining the Nespresso recycling program will also take part in defining the funding and governance model and encourage more widespread use of the service. Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso said: “Aluminium is a valuable...

Midwest Marriotts Engage in Eco-friendly Initiatives

CHICAGO—Marriott Hotels in the Midwest are committed to doing their part in helping the environment by engaging in trending eco-friendly initiatives. These actions span past the hotel guestroom and are incorporated into the property’s meeting spaces and food and beverage outlets, further creating an all-encompassing movement within the hotel to make changes that better the environment. From Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown’s Executive Chef Ross Reed utilizing fresh honey from his rooftop garden in his menus to The Westin Edina Galleria and The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland putting a focus on clean meetings by emphasizing the use of linen-less tables in their event...

NRA Honors Hobart FT1000e Flight-Type Washer with Innovation Award

TROY, OHIO—Advancements in energy and resource savings have earned Hobart’s newest and most advanced flight type dishwasher a prestigious Kitchen Innovations 2019 Award presented by the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The Hobart FT1000e Low Energy Series dishwasher is among 25 products selected in 2019 as part of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show’s 15th annual Kitchen Innovation Awards. Built for high volume operations, the FT1000e’s technology was redesigned to reduce energy use and connected amp load requirements. It offers the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership, saving operators thousands of dollars in energy costs annually for greater...

Dometic Introduces New Hotel Refrigerators at HD Expo

ELKHART, IND.—Dometic’s new CL480 series refrigerators are ideal for hotels that do not provide stocked minibars, but rather want to provide the convenience of a spacious refrigerator to their guests. Available in a glass door for easy viewing of the contents or a black, stainless steel solid door that matches modern and stylish decor, the CL480 Series has features that set it apart from other hotel refrigerators currently on the market. All models of hotel refrigerators in the CL480 series have interior LED lights, tempered glass shelving that is easy to clean and stronger than regular glass, and automatic defrost, which...

VITO AG Introduces X-Series to United States

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL.—The VITO X-Series—the first patented vacuum filtration system in hospitality—is now available. “The industry needed a filtration solution for restaurants serving a high volume of fried dishes, food productions with larger fryers or catering operations requiring a time efficient and convenient way to filter their frying oil,” says Andreas Schmidt, CEO of VITO AG, Germany. “We at VITO decided to fill this void by manufacturing the first ever vacuum filtration system called the X-Series. We are proud to announce the availability also in the United States.” The X-Series works based on a simple principle with a focus on...