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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: editor@greenlodgingnews.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: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

WooBamboo Named Eco Oral Care Brand for 2019 Forbes Travel Guide

CAPE CORAL, FLA.—WooBamboo, a leader in environmentally-friendly bamboo toothbrushes and other natural oral care products, has been named the Official and Exclusive Eco Oral Care Brand for the 2019 Forbes Travel Guide. Forbes Travel Guide, formerly known as Mobil, was founded in 1958 and created the nation’s original star rating system for the luxury hospitality industry. With incognito experts who travel to hotels, restaurants, and spas across the country, Forbes Travel Guide works hard to give consumers the power to make better decisions about the products they buy and services they use. Each year, Forbes Travel Guide provides a list...

Plastic Water Bottles Out at San Francisco International Airport

Yesterday was a big day at San Francisco International Airport. Effective yesterday, August 20, water is no longer allowed to be sold in plastic bottles. The rule requires all airport retailers, restaurants, airline lounges, and vending machines to sell or provide water in recyclable aluminum, glass or BPI-certified compostable bottles. The policy applies to purified water, mineral water, carbonated or sparkling water, and electrolyte-enhanced water, but does not include flavored beverages such as sodas, teas, or juices. “SFO continues to lead the way in airport sustainability initiatives,” said Airport Director Ivar C. Satero. “With this move, we take a giant...

Nespresso Takes Recycling up a Gear with Coffee Capsule Bike

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND—Nespresso is partnering with Swedish bike brand Vélosophy to produce a stylish bicycle made from recycled aluminum coffee capsules, demonstrating both brands’ commitment to a circular economy. One thousand limited edition RE:CYCLE bikes made from over 300,000 recycled Nespresso Arpeggio capsules have been available from August 12, sold exclusively on Vélosophy’s ecommerce platform velosophy.cc. Aluminum is one of the world’s most valuable resources, because it can be re-melted and reused infinitely. Designed to highlight the potential of recycling Nespresso’s aluminum capsules, RE:CYCLE encourages consumers to consider how they can make a positive impact. Sustainability & Style Meet Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nespresso, said:...

Boulder’s The Buff Chooses Riegel Napkins Made from Recycled Plastic

AIKEN, S.C.—For restaurateurs Chris and Jacquelyn Meyer, becoming one of the first businesses in Boulder, Colo., to divert more than 95 percent of potential waste into compost or recyclables is something they are extremely proud of. After the couple bought The Buff in 1995, the college town restaurant and bar quickly became a Boulder institution known citywide for good food, great Bloody Mary’s and exceptional customer service. What patrons may not know about The Buff is just how strong the owners’ commitment is to the environment. To elevate its sustainable business practices even more, the Meyers are using 100...

Caesars Entertainment Eying March 2020 for FORUM Conference Center Opening

A little more than a year after breaking ground on its LEED Silver CAESARS FORUM conference center in Las Vegas, Caesars Entertainment says its 550,000 square-foot facility is on pace to open in March 2020. Green Lodging News asked Caesars some questions about the $375 million complex that will feature two of the largest pillarless ballrooms in the world. 1. Please provide a few examples of what has been sourced locally for the construction of the center. At Caesars Entertainment we help local communities flourish through economic contributions, in the form of employee wages and benefits, payments to vendors for...

Carnival Cruise Line Partners with Clean the World; Together, the Pair Will Distribute 400,000 Soap Bars Annually

MIAMI—Carnival Cruise Line announced it is the first large-scale cruise operator to partner with Clean the World. Through this global sustainability program, nearly 40 tons of discarded soap will be collected each year to be recycled into new soap bars and distributed to vulnerable communities worldwide. Clean the World is a global health leader in WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) and sustainability dedicated to saving lives by recycling and distributing soap and other hygiene products to more than 127 countries. As part of the program, Carnival will start collecting discarded soap from guest and crew staterooms throughout the fleet and send...

Top Sustainability Award Presented to JA The Resort, Dubai’s Largest Experience Resort

DUBAI, U.A.E.—The 1 million square meter, experience-packed JA The Resort has been awarded a prestigious sustainability accolade from the Dubai government and has been officially named Dubai’s “Most Sustainable 5 Star Resort.” The DTCM Sustainability awards were measured on five key performance indicators—Waste and Environmental Protection, Water, Energy and Carbon, Responsible Practices, Training and Awareness and Continuous Improvement. JA The Resort was announced as the winner, with the Cluster General Manager William Harley-Fleming crediting the dedicated Green Team for ensuring the smooth running of all sustainability and CSR efforts in the three-hotel experience resort. Highlights of the active sustainability program at...

IHG’s Bold Move to Eliminate All Miniature Plastic Amenity Bottles

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Green Lodging News Welcomes FlatwareSaver to Product Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News welcomes FlatwareSaver to its Green Product & Service Directory. FlatwareSaver effectively prevents flatware, ramekins, and other valuables from accidentally entering the trash. The Original FlatwareSaver is not a magnet. It is lightweight yet durable, and operation is quick and easy. The “Original” model reduces costs between 50 and 85 percent. The FlatwareSaver contributes to sustainability by reducing both the mountains of utensils added to the world’s landfills each day and the huge amounts of pollution emitted as a result of transporting replacement items by ship, truck, train, and plane around the globe. For more information,...

Arbor Day Coffee Launches Single-Serve Recycling Concept for Hospitality

LINCOLN, NEB.—With the growing demand for greener practices for in-room hospitality, the demand for more sustainable coffee choices, including packaging, continues to grow. There is no denying single-serve capsules are here to stay, and with that in mind, the Arbor Day Coffee program has taken extra steps to minimize their impact on the planet by providing a recycling program to hospitality locations purchasing shade-grown Arbor Day Coffee. Arbor Day Coffee is well known to be focused on roasting shade-grown coffee, yet what most may not know is their recent efforts in launching a recycling program for single-serve capsules, specifically catering...