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Many Good Reasons to Make Towels Part of Your Green Story

Glenn Hasek

I just posted my promised article on towels—one that includes information on what seven suppliers are doing to make the towels you purchase more eco-friendly. Several other suppliers were contacted but did not reply. Please be sure to read the article. Your choice of towels can have a significant—or less significant—impact on the environment.

There is no perfect towel but many of the ones mentioned in my article can help you reduce energy, water and chemical consumption while extending towel life and enriching the guest experience. As you evaluate your towel purchase, keep in mind there are many factors that come into play in regard to environmental impact—how it is made, where it is made, how far it has to travel to you, what it takes to launder and dry it each time, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask your supplier: “What is the green story behind the towels that you sell?”

Driving the innovation behind the towels that you will read about are smart people with a passion for helping to protect our planet. It really is amazing what adjustments can be made to a towel to make it less thirsty for resources. Some suppliers use pre-consumer cotton waste, others incorporate polyester, one company applies an anti-microbial finish, some use organic cotton, some tinker with the weight of the towel and even add air pockets, and at least one company uses eucalyptus tree pulp to make fiber that is blended with cotton.

Enhance the Guest Experience

Given the volume of towels that our industry passes through laundries each day, it is important to give them a lot of attention. Over time they can help make your business more profitable, add to your property’s green story, and impress your guests in a big way. I have had the opportunity to use some of the towels mentioned in my article and by no means was there any compromise in quality.

Will you have to pay more upfront for these towels? In most cases yes but there can be a quick ROI. Of course your towel choice depends on the type of property you run. The good news is there are many options available—whether you own a Comfort Inn or a luxury resort.

Keep me updated as you pursue these towel options. I would love to learn about your experiences. I can be reached at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Sustainability Seminar Finalized for HX: The Hotel Experience

The sustainability seminar, “2020 Vision—Lodging’s Leaders Set the Sustainability Bar Higher,” has been finalized for HX: The Hotel Experience. The event will take place on Monday, November 13 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Hotel stage at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Don’t miss this seminar including Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability & Supplier Diversity, Marriott International, Inc., Gardner Jackson, Assistant Vice President, the Nalco Water division of Ecolab USA Inc., and Lindsay Wilkinson, part of InterContinental Hotels Group’s Corporate Responsibility team focused on Environmental Sustainability. I will be moderating the session. Attendee registration for HX: The Hotel Experience, November 12 to 13, 2017, is now open at the newly redesigned website, www.thehotelexperience.com.

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