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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.

Performance Food Group, WestRock Launch Pizza Box Initiative

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.—Performance Food Group, and pizza box manufacturer, WestRock are working together to deliver Sustainable Choices—a pizza box recycling educational program—to pizza box customers, and pizza consumers across the United States. The foundation of this project is a WestRock study, which was reviewed and endorsed by members of the American Forest & Paper Assn. The study was designed to determine whether grease or cheese contamination levels typically associated with pizza boxes, impact the finished product quality of the corrugated cardboard. Conclusions from the study state corrugated pizza boxes can be recycled with normal levels of residual grease and cheese. Additionally, a consumer...

McDonald’s Opens First Net-Zero Restaurant at Disney World

BUENA VISTA, FLA.—Eight decades after McDonald’s restaurant revolutionized a speedier way to prepare and serve meals, the fast-food giant is once again setting new standards in the industry, laying the groundwork for a more ecologically responsible place to dine. The façade of the 8,000-square-foot McDonald’s at Disney World in Buena Vista, Fla., not only appears strikingly different than its traditional restaurant chain, but every segment of the building has been meticulously designed to create the world’s first “net-zero” fast food restaurant. “It’s McDonald’s goal to reduce its carbon emissions across its portfolio,” said Jean Gibbons, WSP USA Buildings Vice President. “McDonald’s...

Around the World, Six Senses Recognized for Conservation and Regeneration

BANGKOK—For Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, sustainable travel is the first step in establishing a collaborative relationship with nature and understanding how operations can fit into the design of the whole system. Regenerative travel takes the idea of sustainability a step further to consider a more reciprocal relationship with future ecosystems and generations. While the future of travel remains uncertain, the appeal of traveling more consciously and carefully is growing among guests. Initiated in 2012 and led by the group’s Vice President of Sustainability Jeff Smith, all properties monitor and measure their actions closely. “Our ultimate aim is to do...

Mayfair Hotel Supply Adds Terra Green to Product Lineup

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL.—Mayfair Hotel Supply has announced a new addition to their product lineup: Terra Green. With a selection of eco-friendly products that include skin-friendly ingredients, therapeutic scents and recyclable packaging materials, this brand is perfectly situated to provide a luxurious experience for guests along with significant environmental benefits. Each Terra Green product is designed with eco-friendly features at the forefront. It starts with soy-based ink print on all packaging, which is a renewable and biodegradable alternative to traditional printing inks. The packaging is made from recycled materials for an added green benefit, and the formulas feature natural ingredients....

Omni Hotels & Resorts Launches Stance Coffee

DALLAS—Omni Hotels & Resorts has announced its first-ever proprietary coffee brand, Stance Coffee, in partnership with Arkansas-based Westrock Coffee Co., LLC. Through Stance Coffee, Omni Hotels & Resorts delivers great tasting, high-quality coffee built on a commitment of sustainability and innovation. “With Stance, we stand for high quality in every sense of the experience: great tasting coffee, exceptional service and the fairest of treatment of people from farmer to barista,” said Devin Burns, Vice President of Rooms and Food & Beverage at Omni Hotels & Resorts. “Here at Omni, our commitments to local market leadership and corporate responsibility speak to a higher...

Nescafé to Use Power of Coffee to Improve More Lives

VEVEY, SWITZERLAND—Nescafé is one of the world’s most popular coffee brands. One in seven cups of coffee is Nescafé. However, many coffee farmers live in uncertainty. The health of their crops and their incomes are under permanent threat. Ten years ago, Nestlé, therefore, launched the Nescafé Plan to improve farmers’ lives. The plan helped improve farmers’ incomes, reduce the environmental impact of coffee farms and factories, and increase rural communities’ well-being in many countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Mexico, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Nestlé has invested $391 million in the Nescafé Plan since its inception. Building on the significant progress over the past decade, Nestlé...

Three Important State of the Industry Reports Released in One Week

There were three reports to note this past week. The first one: “Ecotourism Market by Traveler Type (Solo and Group), Age Group (Generation X, Generation Y and Generation Z), and Sales Channel (Travel Agents and Direct): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021–2027.” The second report: “AHLA’s State of the Hotel Industry 2021”. The third report from the National Restaurant Assn. (NRA): “2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report.” The reports are packed with news both good and bad but here are some of the highlights (and lowlights unfortunately): The global ecotourism industry generated $181.1 billion in 2019, and is projected to...

National Restaurant Association Releases 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report

CHICAGO—The National Restaurant Association released its 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, which measures the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the restaurant industry and examines the current state of key pillars including technology and off-premises, labor, and menu trends across segments based on a survey of 6,000 restaurant operators and consumer preferences from a survey of 1,000 adults. The report also provides a look at the path to recovery for chains, franchises, and independents and the year of transition ahead. Key findings regarding the impact of coronavirus on the restaurant industry include: Restaurant and foodservice industry sales fell...

Three Ways You Can Lead a More Sustainable Lifestyle

To lead a more sustainable lifestyle is quickly becoming a pledge on the top of everybody’s bucket list. The year 2020 has been freighting for many reasons, especially due to the alarming facts related to climate change and the environment. This last decade was the hottest on record and these climbing temperatures show no signs of slowing down. Therefore, we must make a conscious decision to protect the environment we live in and lead more sustainable lifestyles. Here are three ways that you can do so. Use Renewable Energy Renewable energy, also known as green energy, can come from many...

White Paper Finds Key to Post-COVID Recovery in Dishroom

SAN FRANCISCO—Dishcraft Robotics, an innovator in food and beverage operations for hotels, announced its sponsorship of a white paper to present research and opinion by some of the hotel industry’s leading lights. “Hospitality F&B Reimagined: A New Look at the Hotel Kitchen” suggests that increased operational efficiency, cost savings and the promotion of a more balanced, sustainable, human ecosystem on property may begin in an unexpected place: the hotel dishroom. The white paper outlines new standards for sanitization from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, detailing how automated dishwashing techniques begin to address the foodservice industry’s largest cleanliness challenges,...