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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.

JW Marriott Washington, DC Earns LEED Gold

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The JW Marriott Washington, DC announced, during Environmental Awareness Month, that the hotel has been awarded a Gold level LEED certification for Building Operations and Maintenance. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence in green building. The JW Marriott Washington, DC is also expected to receive the Energy Star award in late September. The LEED Certification achievement, along with JW Marriott Washington, DC’s energy conservation awards, achievements, and efforts, such as using solar energy,...

Winnow to Help Iberostar on Road to Zero Waste

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN—On the United Nations International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, the Iberostar Group announced its ambitious plan to install artificial intelligence in its more than 100 hotels globally to become zero waste, reduce food waste and save more than 1,600 tons of food in the first year. This commitment by the company will become a reality thanks to an innovative system, based on technology from the Winnow company, which will contribute to ending food waste and bringing the company closer to its goal of being free of waste sent to landfill by 2025. The Iberostar Group committed itself to this zero-waste objective in 2020 with...

Straw Company Stroodles Adds Fully Edible Tableware Range

LONDON—Pasta straw company Stroodles has extended its product range into a fully edible tableware range. This new range includes biscuit spoons, wheat bran plates and bowls, and wafer cups. All the company’s new products are 100 percent biodegradable, vegan, zero waste and even edible, and most importantly, don’t compromise your drinking or dining experience. Since the launch of their pasta drinking straws in 2019, which have since become a global and viral trend, Chief Stroodle and founder Maxim Gelmann, says that the company is now ready to grow their movement and own the eco-tableware category. The company’s aim is to...

Sheraton Sand Key Partners with Hands On Education Services

CLEARWATER BEACH, FLA.—One of the most recent additions to the Sheraton Sand Key Resort culinary staff is 22-year-old prep cook, Jenna Wieneke. Wieneke, almost completely blind following a life-threatening motorcycle accident, was not sure she would ever be able to work again, especially not in a kitchen. But Sheraton Sand Key Resort’s award-winning Executive Chef, Andrew Basch has a secret ingredient for joint success. Since Wieneke connected with Hands On Education Services and Executive Chef Andrew Basch, her life has been forever impacted. “Jenna is one of the most positive people I have ever met, and our entire culinary team loves the energy she...

Microban Launches Refresh: A Patent-Pending Odor Capture Technology

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.—Microban International introduces Refresh—its newest, patent-pending, sustainable odor capture technology that is completely metal free. This innovative technology is proven to reduce odors by up to 93 percent on polyester and polyester-rich blends, even after 30 launderings. Microban is a global leader in antimicrobial and odor control technology and has developed Refresh as part of its ongoing dedication to sustainable textiles manufacturing. This patent-pending formula is designed to address the needs of both manufacturers and consumers, by providing an effective solution to tackle permastink without relying on traditional heavy metal chemistries. Refresh is proven to effectively reduce odors on polyester and polyester-rich blends,...

Standard Fiber and 37.5 Technology Strengthen Partnership

BURLINGAME, CALIF.—To ensure consumers get a full night of deep, restful sleep and wake up refreshed, Standard Fiber, one of the world’s largest suppliers to the home textile market and manufacturer of basic bedding products, has expanded its collaboration with 37.5 Technology, a global leader in sustainable thermoregulation material science, to offer a broader scope of bedding products made with the innovative temperature regulating technology. Bedding made with 37.5 Technology helps keep you warm when you’re cold and cool you down when you’re hot—continually adjusting to maintain a climate of personal comfort throughout the night. By using the thermoregulating properties of volcanic minerals, which...

Historic Scandic Holmenkollen Park Reopens in New Attire

OSLO, NORWAY—Scandic Holmenkollen Park in Oslo has a 128-year history. The hotel recently reopened following a comprehensive 15-month renovation. The hotel has 376 rooms spread over 10 buildings and with its unique location in Oslo, guests from all corners of the world will once again be able to enjoy a unique destination hotel in eastern Norway. Over the past 15 months, Scandic Holmenkollen Park has been undergoing an extensive renovation that has preserved the rich history of the building while adding modern concepts and solutions. The renovation has been a collaboration between Scandic and property owners Eiendomsspar and Rica Eiendom...

Migros’ CoffeeB Uses Capsule-less Coffee Balls

SWITZERLAND—Swiss retail giant Migros has launched CoffeeB—a new, capsule-less Coffee Ball that could potentially stir up the single-serve coffee market. The Coffee Ball is part of a first-of-its-kind, zero-waste system that brews coffee without the need for plastic capsules. Plastic coffee pods produce 100,000 tons of waste globally per year; and while some of the pods in the marketplace are recyclable or biodegradable, the majority still end up in landfill. “The next generation of capsule coffee is here, and it comes without a capsule,” says CoffeeB’s Dr. Caroline Siefarth, who co-developed the system. “After half a decade of research, we’ve created CoffeeB—which will revolutionize the way the world drinks single-serve coffee.” All the Taste,...

The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition Celebrates ‘Widely Recycled’ Upgrade

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition is celebrating the How2Recycle upgrade of polypropylene (PP) rigid containers to “Widely Recycled” in the U.S. This major milestone comes as the Coalition marks its two-year anniversary. Launched in July 2020, the Coalition brings together stakeholders across the PP value chain—from resin suppliers and manufacturers to consumer-packaged goods, and recycling processors—to improve PP recovery and recycling in the U.S. and to further develop end markets for recycling PP. In the two years since the launch of the Coalition, its catalytic grants have proven highly successful at rapidly impacting the recycling system. The Coalition has...

Many Upsides to Using Biodigesters to Break Food Waste Down Dramatically

NATIONAL REPORT—Biodigesters that reduce food waste to grey water have been effectively used by hotels for many years now and for good reason. According to Power Knot, a supplier of 10 different models of biodigesters, the machines greatly reduce the cost to dispose of waste food, reduce the size, quantity, and smells of trash bins, eliminate flies and rodents that may be attracted to garbage bins containing waste food, save time and injuries of employees carrying trash outdoors, and allow one to weigh and dispose of food waste in one machine. According to Orca, a supplier of four different...