The year 2019 was an interesting one in the green lodging world, with many of the stories having to do with the elimination of plastic (straws, single use amenity bottles, water bottles, etc.) or other types of waste reduction. The year started off with Sandals Resorts International eliminating Styrofoam across its Caribbean resorts and finished with the launch of Shepherd Eco, a new sustainable hospitality brand with waste reduction as a focus.
What Green Lodging News articles posted in 2019 were read the most? Here is a top 10 list with a brief description of each article.
1. Creative Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles Emerging for Hospitality. I wrote this article about those companies offering more sustainable alternatives—recyclable paper cartons, for example—to the plastic water bottle. Four companies were highlighted in this article.
2. Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center Officially Opens. This property opened in Denver with 1,501 rooms and 485,000 square feet of convention center space. Some of the green features of the property upon opening: straw-less drinks, reusable bottles, and Make a Green Choice housekeeping opt-out program.
3. Frangipani Beach Resort Goes Green with 370-Kilowatt Solar System. In early spring, Anguilla’s Frangipani Beach Resort announced the completion of a large-scale sustainable energy project to generate clean, reliable power to the hotel. The new solar panels system is projected to power 70 percent of the resort. It features 800 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.
4. Research Conducted for Clean the World: Bacterial Contamination Common in Refillable Dispensers. Posted in early December, this article about a research study conducted by the University of Arizona on behalf of Clean the World cast doubt on the hygiene integrity of the contents of refillable dispensers.
5. Midwest Marriotts Engage in Eco-friendly Initiatives. This article highlighted some of the eco-friendly initiatives of Marriott hotels in the Midwest. For example, the Cedar + Stone Restaurant at the JW Marriott Minneapolis only uses ingredients from within 200 miles to create seasonal dishes and reduce its carbon footprint.
6. Daniella Foster Pushes Hilton Toward Ambitious 2030 Goals. Profiles of leaders in sustainability are always well read on Green Lodging News and this one was no exception—a feature on Hilton’s Senior Director, Global Corporate Responsibility.
7. Rhino Paper Straws Gains Attention with Three Luxury Brands. FarFromBoring Hospitality continued to make headlines, eliminating the need for plastic straws by signing on to provide discerning clientele at three nationally recognized establishments with a high-quality, paper straw alternative.
8. Marriott Invites Guests & Associates Worldwide to Take Wellbeing Challenge. Wellness was one of the hottest trends in hospitality in 2019. In July, Marriott International announced the launch of TakeCare Level30, a custom app-based wellbeing challenge available for guests and associates around the world. Available for free download on the Apple App store and Google Play, players partner up and compete, using the gamified app to help build positive, rewarding behaviors into a daily routine.
9. California Assembly Members Propose Elimination of Single-Use Plastic Amenity Bottles. In April, Green Lodging News reported that legislation introduced by California Assembly Member Ash Kalra and coauthored by Assembly Member Mark Stone would eliminate the small, single-use plastic bottles used to provide amenities to California lodging guests by January 1, 2023. In October, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he had signed the law banning hotels from giving guests plastic bottles filled with shampoo, conditioner or soap.
10. Leveraging Technology to Reduce Laundry Costs and Optimize Labor. This was the only guest column to appear in our top 10 this year. Authored by Bill Brooks, the article examined how to reduce water, energy and labor costs in the laundry.
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