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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.

Brew Dr. Expands Uplift Yerba Mate Product Line

PORTLAND, ORE.—Organic kombucha and tea leader Brew Dr. has expanded its popular Uplift yerba mate product line with a new “Sweet Mint” flavor, now available in select markets nationwide. Like all Brew Dr. products, Uplift Sweet Mint is crafted with certified organic ingredients. As a B Corp, the company is committed to business done with thoughtful care for people, ingredients, and the planet. Brew Dr.’s Uplift product line combines high-quality and ethically sourced Ecuadorian yerba mate, Agentinian guayusa leaves, Chinese green tea, and the addition of millions of gut-healthy probiotics. Each 16oz can contains 150mg of clean and natural plant-derived...

FiveADRIFT Ending Plastic Pollution One Towel at a Time

SAN FRANCISCO—FiveADRIFT has announced the launch of their sustainably crafted towels. The company is on a mission to remove ocean plastic and end consumption of single-use plastic—one towel at a time. FiveADRIFT’s luxurious, fast-drying, and lightweight beach towels are made from all-natural hemp and cotton fibers with 100 percent of profits going to the removal of plastic from the ocean; about 75 plastic bottles are removed from the ocean for each purchase. The beach towels are now available for purchase via their website and newsletter subscribers get access to an exclusive discount. More Than a Towel: The FiveADRIFT Mission FiveADRIFT believes that every decision and...

Marriage of Vero Water, Quench: Good News for Hoteliers, the Environment

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA.—The marriage of Vero Water and Quench is good news for hoteliers and good news for the environment. Quench, a Culligan company, announced the acquisition of Vero Water earlier this month. Vero Water and Quench both offer filtered water systems that eliminate single-use plastic bottle waste, significantly reducing carbon emissions and minimizing overall environmental impact. Quench is a leader in providing point-of-use water dispensers, ice machines, sparkling water machines, and coffee machines that offer users many consumption choices, including quenchWATER+ alkaline water, RO water, chewable ice, sparkling water, flavored water, and coffee. Vero Water offers on-site purification...

Some Tips on How to Deter Rodents

It is not something you put on your calendar, but this week is Rodent Awareness Week. A big thank you to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) for sharing some tips on how to deter rodents. Perform regular rodent inspections. Knowing where to look and what to look for can help solve a rodent issue before it gets worse. The top sign of a rodent issue is seeing a live or dead rodent. Some other common signs of a rodent infestation are droppings, gnaw marks, nests, urine stains, and tracks or rub marks. It is also important to inspect...

California Bans Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Food Packaging & Paper Straws

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation that bans the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from paper, paperboard or plant-based food packaging, utensils and paper straws, effective January 1, 2023. Authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the law also requires manufacturers to label cookware that contains toxic chemicals on product handles or coatings, starting January 1, 2024. Beginning January 1, 2023, manufacturers will also have to make public on their websites a list of those chemicals present in their pots, pans, and other cookware. Cookware companies will also be prohibited from making false marketing claims implying that products are PFAS-free. ‘Sensible Laws’ “Gov. Newsom understands...

An Indepth Look at Overfishing, Conservation, Sustainability, & Farmed Fish

NATIONAL REPORT—As with many other aspects of government policy, overfishing and other fishing-related environmental issues are a real problem, but it’s not clear that government intervention is the solution. Indeed, it might be one of the main drivers of overfishing and other conservation and sustainability issues stemming from commercial fishing. Much like drone fishing, there are serious ethical issues of interest to the average angler. There’s another commonality that overfishing has with environmental issues more broadly: The Western companies primarily concerned with serious efforts to curb overfishing are not the ones who are most guilty of overfishing. What this means...

Solar Oven at Conrad Washington D.C. Rooftop Takes Eco-Friendly Cooking to Next Level

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Fresh produce, locally sourced ingredients, herbs grown onsite—and a little bit of sunlight. These are the tools that Chef Josh Murray uses to create five-star dishes at SUMMIT the Rooftop at Conrad Washington D.C., a restaurant that’s making strides toward becoming a zero-waste kitchen. Working with pure and natural ingredients comes easy to Murray, who grew up on a farm in Spotsylvania, Va. He was raised dining on local ingredients—many from his own backyard. His appreciation for the healthy qualities that locally sourced produce can offer is just one of the factors that make Murray perfect to helm the eco-conscious cooking efforts...

Soul Community Planet Acquires Iconic Laguna Riviera Beach Resort

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIF.—Soul Community Planet (SCP) announced the acquisition of the 41-room, beachfront Laguna Riviera Beach Resort. The historic Laguna Beach hotel marks SCP’s first expansion into California, and its sixth hotel overall. The acquisition advances SCP’s plan to expand its footprint into communities that align with SCP’s healthy, kind, green values. Opened in 1948, the Laguna Riviera is located directly on the beach just two blocks south of Downtown Laguna Beach. Described as a part French Riviera and part Mediterranean retreat, the resort boasts scenic coastal views, direct access to surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, and features a variety of...

Westrock Coffee: We Will Be 100 Percent Responsibly Sourced by 2025

LITTLE ROCK, ARK.—Westrock Coffee Co. announced their pledge to responsibly source 100 percent of the company’s coffee and tea by 2025. This supports their foundational sustainability strategy and commitment to purchase and process all products in a manner that is fair to the people who grow and handle it, their employees, peers, and environments. “We are excited to continue the sustainability journey that started 12 years ago with a small exporting business in Rwanda. While our hands-on approach to working with our farmer partners and customers remains the same, we are humbled by the opportunity to expand this across 173...

This German Startup Offers a Simpler Way to Recycle Your Coffee Cup

NATIONAL REPORT—Nearly half of the United States population, 150 million American adults, are coffee drinkers. Now think about the cups. Unless you’re drinking your brew at home, you’re likely picking up your java in a paper cup to go. And that’s the problem across the world: nearly 16 billion paper to-go cups are used every year, which leads to 6.5 million trees being cut down and 4 billion gallons of water being wasted. The inside of most paper to-go cups is also coated in a thin layer of plastic, making them unrecyclable. With these issues in mind, many places, ranging from small...