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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.

WinCup Receives FoodService Innovation Award

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA.—The phade brand of PHA-based straws manufactured by New WinCup Holdings, Inc. has received the Innovation in FoodService Award for Sustainability Solutions from the National Restaurant Association and SmartBrief. The phade straw is the first mass produced marine biodegradable and home and industrial compostable drinking straw made with PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate), a substrate derived from the fermentation of canola oil. While maintaining the feel and user experience of a traditional plastic straw, the phade straw was recognized for its extraordinary ability to quickly biodegrade in marine and backyard and industrial compost environments. The inaugural FoodService Innovation Awards recognize innovative...

Largest Element Hotel Yet, With 460 Guestrooms, Opens in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA—Element Hotels—part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 leading brands and designed for today’s healthy, active traveler—announced the opening of Element Philadelphia, marking the brand’s debut in the city. Developed by Conshohoken-based Chestlen Development, the hotel will be the newest addition to Philadelphia’s reemerging hospitality scene, with travelers planning an average of 2.7 trips this year, according to a recent Visit Philadelphia report. Designed with a focus on sustainability and well-being, Element is ideal for families, groups and business travelers who want to maintain a balanced lifestyle while on the road. “Bringing the Element brand to Philadelphia was a strategic decision to appeal...

Steeped Coffee Adds La Colombe Coffee Roasters to Lineup

SANTA CRUZ, CALIF.—Steeped Coffee, a Certified B Corp, announced the addition of La Colombe Coffee Roasters to its lineup of top brands available in its single-serve Steeped Brewing Method. La Colombe, a pioneer of third wave and fourth-wave coffee, now offers its signature cafe blends in fully compostable Steeped Packs. The proprietary brewing method is changing the way people view single-serve coffee, delivering all the benefits with none of the barriers. The partnership brings quality touch-free coffee and a sought-after green business solution to hotels, offices, wholesale purchasers, and other consumers nationwide. Steeped Coffee, quickly becoming the new standard in single-serve coffee, is the only fully compostable...

RevPAR Development Opens Element Atlanta/Buckhead

ATLANTA—Element Hotels, part of Marriott International, along with Atlanta based RevPAR Development LLC, recently announced the opening of the Element Atlanta/Buckhead, marking the debut of the stylish and eco-focused hotel brand in Georgia. The hotel, which is in the heart of Buckhead, aims to fuel a balanced life for travelers on the road. Designed for today’s healthy, active traveler, Element Hotels has redefined the longer stay experience with a clean, modern, and bright nature-inspired design philosophy featured throughout the hotel. The Element Atlanta/Buckhead boasts 164 suites including spacious studios and the new, innovative Studio Commons concept consisting of multiple rooms...

World Centric Unveils Breakthrough Compostable Molded Fiber Cutlery

ROHNERT PARK, CALIF.—World Centric announced a new and unique collection of certified compostable molded fiber single-use cutlery and serving utensils. This collection of wood-free, plastic-free products provides the foodservice industry a more environmentally conscious option to traditional disposable cutlery and serving utensils and is suitable for a broad range of common food serving and meal prep uses. Currently, available items include 6” and 3” spoons, 6” sporks, and 10” serving utensils capable of hot or cold use. Additionally, molded fiber 6” forks and knives will be available in Spring 2021. World Centric is the first in North America to offer...

Grand Canyon Railway Runs on Diet of Oil from Area Hotels, Restaurants

WILLIAMS, ARIZ.—The Iron Horse is back and healthier than ever thanks to a strict diet of oil used for cooking French fries and chicken wings. The oil comes from fast food joints and hotels in the region and Williams-area including the Grand Canyon Railway and & Hotel’s restaurants themselves. While such a diet might be hazardous to the health of humans, The Grand Canyon Railway (GCR) uses recycled waste vegetable oil as fuel for Locomotive No. 4960, a steam engine built in 1923, to keep it running and running green. Eight times from April through October, all are welcome aboard for...

Earth Week Saw a Lot of Hot News for Lodging Industry

It was a busy last week with Earth week peaking on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. There were numerous newsworthy announcements worth mentioning. First, Hilton released its Environmental, Social and Governance Report. The ESG Report highlights the company’s environmental and social performance during a tumultuous year. Among the report’s highlights: The company took steps to increase sourcing of renewable energy at hotels around the world, in line with the company’s science-based targets. In 2020, most Hilton-managed hotels in the United Kingdom began procuring 100 percent renewable electricity. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced it is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its award-winning...

Why Recycling Used Oils is Good for the Environment

NATIONAL REPORT—Disposing of used oil is not a small feat, especially for people in the manufacturing and automotive industries. It is also as challenging for commercial and home kitchens when disposing of used cooking oil. Fortunately, for the industries, businesses, and homeowners, used oil recycling is possible in many localities making the disposal processes effortless. Besides making it convenient to get rid of the used oil, recycling also provides businesses with financial benefits. It is also beneficial to the environment as recycling prevents the oil from ending up in landfills, sewers, and water drainages. The following are the most crucial...

Tide Announces Broad Range of New Sustainability Goals

CINCINNATI—Tide announced its 2030 Ambition, a set of broad-reaching sustainability and purpose-driven commitments, spanning Tide’s full United States and Canadian supply chain and community initiatives. Tide is reinventing clean on its journey to decarbonize laundry at every step—from design, manufacturing and distribution to consumer use and end of life. To make this goal a reality, the brand will focus on key areas. In 2020, Tide reduced absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its direct manufacturing by more than 75 percent annually versus a decade ago and has set a new goal to cut GHG emissions in half at its direct...

CREO Unveils BioBulb Technology Platform

SAUSALITO, CALIF.—CREO, a green tech company on a mission to make buildings healthier and more resilient, unveiled the BioBulb technology platform, a smart, green living system that offers a sustainable solution for growing nature indoors and in environments with scarce resources. The system uses artificial intelligence (AI) to learn the optimal growth for a plant within its surroundings and autonomously infuses it with the precise amount of water and nutrients it needs. BioBulb is a virtually zero-waste system and uses up to 80 percent less water than existing high-tech hydroponic solutions with the potential to save thousands of gallons...