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From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Waste Management

Home Waste Management
From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. Got a great idea about how to turn green into gold? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

G95 Launches Biodegradable, Plant-Based Mask, Used Mask Return System

NEWNAN, GA.—G95 Inc. announced the most recent addition to its G95 Gear Collection: The Oceanshield mask, available for both adults and children, combines the signature G95 style with lightweight biodegradable, plant-based materials designed for everyday use and comfort and has excellent breathability. Six years ago, long before the current pandemic, G95 started developing the world’s first sustainable and biodegradable single-use filtration product. This past year, after witnessing the environmental impact of COVID-19 pandemic-related single-use petrochemical-based masks entering the marine environment, constituting an additional 4,680 to 6,240 metric tons of plastic pollution, the company decided to create a biodegradable, plant-based alternative. G95 also developed a unique...

VITO AG Introduces VITO VL Oil Filter System

TUTTLINGEN, GERMANY—VITO AG, the German market leader for filtration systems, announced the launch of a new product to fulfill the rising need for high-quality and easy to use filtration systems for deep fryers: The VITO VL oil filter system. The frying oil filter is simply placed inside your deep fryer and filters your frying oil at service temperature. It provides oil savings of up to 50 percent, an increased oil quality and reduced workload around the fryers while being one of the safest options. Being the most powerful in-tank filtration system VITO ever built, the VL filters over 26 gallons of...

Groupe GM Stepping Up Its Green Initiatives

PARIS—As a leading international amenities provider, Groupe GM continuously strives to become the most environmentally aware it can be. In 2018, the Group launched the Care About Earth program which covers all the company’s environmental and social actions and is an integral part of Groupe GM’s corporate strategy worldwide. It was developed following a decision by the Group, its subsidiaries, and agents to be a leader and proactive decision-maker in the ecological transition of its products. The program highlights Groupe GM’s ongoing commitment to the environment and demonstrates its high ethical standards. Through the Care About Earth program, Groupe GM...

A Chat with Getaway’s Chief Experience Officer About Company’s Monumental Growth, Its Sustainability Commitment

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Getaway, the hospitality company that offers mindful escapes to tiny cabins in nature, hired Carlos Becil as its first-ever Chief Experience Officer last July, following a monumental year of growth and $41.7M Series C funding. As the former CMO of Coach and Equinox, and VP of Brand Management for Starwood, Carlos is bringing a dynamic perspective to Getaway, helping take it from a “tiny cabin” rental company to a global hospitality business. Green Lodging News recently interviewed Becil about Getaway and its growth. The following are our questions and Becil’s answers: What do you consider to be your primary responsibilities? You have...

More Good Reasons to Stop Buying Canned Chafing Fuel

I have written about canned gel chafing fuel in the past on Green Lodging News. Is your hotel still using it, sending partially used containers to the landfill? Putting your guests and staff at risk? One industry expert told me this past week that upwards of 90 percent of the hospitality industry still uses canned gel chafing fuel to keep food hot and ready for serving groups of people. What prompted me to write about food heating again this past week was the discovery that at least two companies have developed better ways—more flexible ways—to keep food hot and, for...

Battery Innovations Make Giving Up Canned Chafing Fuel Even More of a No Brainer

NATIONAL REPORT—Canned gel chafing fuel remains the primary heating choice for upwards of 90 percent of the hospitality industry for chafing dishes and other similar food and beverage containers according to industry experts. That is bad news for the environment and hotel owners, however, when one considers canned fuel’s inefficiency, its cost, its many hazards while in use, and its carbon and other negative impacts throughout the supply chain. In fact, says David Moreland, Chief Bottle Washer for Smart Buffet Ware, when you burn canned fuel, 78 percent of the fuel is heating the atmosphere—not what is intended to...

Paper Mills & End Markets Sign Commitment to Increase Paper Cup Recycling

FALLS CHURCH, VA.—A group of prominent paper mills and end markets across North America signed a declaration of acceptance and a commitment to increasing recycling of paper cups, including Essity, GP PRO, Graphic Packaging International, Great Lakes Tissue Co., ND Paper, Pratt Industries, Sustana Fiber and WestRock. Organizations representing 75 percent of mixed paper demand (by quantity consumed) in the United States and Canada are accepting paper cups. Seven companies with 25 paper mills actively accept residential mixed paper bales (ISRI grade 54) with paper cups included, while three companies with five facilities currently accept paper cups when included with...

Hilton Launches Episode 2 of Eco-Travel Docuseries ‘Extending Our Stay’

Not enough companies and suppliers use video to highlight their programs and products. It is a missed opportunity. E-mails that include videos that have been sent out by Green Lodging News have consistently been opened and clicked through more than those without videos. Getting a message across that you want folks to remember is so much easier using video. In case you missed it, prior to the holidays, Hilton released the latest installment of its new “Extending Our Stay” video docuseries, which is focused on sustainable travel and creating meaningful change in the world as part of the company’s “Travel with Purpose”...

Global Tourism Plastics Initiative Releases First Progress Report, Welcomes More Signatories

MADRID, SPAIN—The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative has welcomed a further 21 signatories, taking the total number past 110. The new signatories have been announced alongside the launch of a first annual report, which makes clear the significant progress made in tackling plastics pollution in tourism over the past year. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Accor, Club Med, Hong-Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Iberostar, Melco, and Six Senses have all reported continuous efforts to implement their commitments to tackle plastic pollution. Together, they have eliminated over 108 million plastic items and packaging in 2020, totaling around 804 metric tons. UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab...

Six Senses Fort Barwara Opens in Rajasthan, India

BANGKOK—To reinterpret the regal ambiance of a bygone era dating back 700 years, 14th-century Six Senses Fort Barwara has been sensitively transformed into a 48-suite resort, including five specialty suites, in a conservation effort that has taken more than a decade to complete. It offers a resting point during a busy touring itinerary of Rajasthan. It is within easy striking distance of Ranthambore National Park for guests looking to take a walk on the wild side with the local tiger population. Reinterpreting Royal India Originally owned by a Rajasthani Royal Family, Six Senses Fort Barwara incorporates two original palaces and two temples...