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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.

Six Senses Laamu Leads the Maldives as Eco-Resort of the Year

LAAMU, MALDIVES—Tourists visit the Maldives to experience diverse coral reefs, out-of-the-ordinary marine life and beautiful palm-fringed beaches. When a business relies on natural assets, like Six Senses Laamu does, environmentally-responsible operations that conserve them are a must. What the resort does on land is just as important as what it does on and under water, and that is why MATATO (Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators) has named Six Senses Laamu the Leading Eco-Resort at the Maldives Travel Awards 2018. Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas operate with the philosophies of wellness and sustainability at their core. These values...

Clean the World’s New Online Customer Portal Adds Efficiencies to Processing of Soap, Amenities

ORLANDO, FLA.—Clean the World, the now 10-year-old organization that has distributed more than 48 million bars of recycled hotel soap in 127 countries, has launched an online Customer Portal to streamline the process of collecting soap and amenity bottles from its more than 8,000 hotel and resort partners around the world. Through the portal, accessible on any device, Clean the World partners can order replacement bins, print shipping labels, learn about Clean the World programs, manage users, receive updates on Clean the World Foundation’s WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) programming and emergency response efforts, and access a video and image...

Hilton Brands to Recycle 1 Million Bars of Soap by Global Handwashing Day

MCLEAN, VA.—Hilton’s Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton and All Suites brands are launching the Clean the World Challenge in partnership with Clean the World, a global health leader dedicated to sustainability and water, sanitization and health. Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton will challenge hotel owners and Team Members to collect bars of soap left behind by guests to be recycled into 1 million bars of new soap by Global Handwashing Day (October 15) for Clean the World to distribute to communities in need. “As one...

SunTrust Provides $1.5 Million to Clean the World for Global Expansion

ATLANTA—SunTrust announced that it has provided more than $1.5 million in term loan and working capital financing to support Clean the World, a global social enterprise, and a leader in global health dedicated to WASH (water, sanitization, and hygiene). This financing will support the global expansion of the company’s hospitality recycling program, the addition of internal and customer facing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) technology, the on-boarding of new brand standard partnerships, and the enterprise’s expansion in the impact event space. Further, Clean the World will be able to grow its staff focused on the global growth of their health, hygiene...

Some Surprising Results in Lodging Survey Report

NATIONAL REPORT—As reported on Green Lodging News, the American Hotel & Lodging Assn. (AHLA) has released the results of its 2018 Lodging Survey. This comprehensive survey is conducted every two years by industry data provider and AHLA partner STR. The survey is funded by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation. The survey included all properties in the United States with 10 or more guestrooms—nearly 56,000 U.S. properties. With just under 11,500 responses, the overall survey completion rate for the 2018 survey was 21 percent, a gain of six percentage points from 2016. Nine questions fell under “Sustainability,” but other...

FoodMaven Announces Sustainability Initiative with Local Partners

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—FoodMaven, a Colorado-based startup, announced an initiative aimed at helping hospitality institutions source local, sustainable food products for their kitchens in Colorado and Texas. The initiative is already in place at Hilton properties in Denver including the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel-Westminster, Hilton Denver City Center, and Hilton Stapleton North. “As part of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose commitment to cut our environmental footprint in half by 2030 and double our social impact investment around the world, we are identifying solutions to reduce food waste and expand sustainable sourcing,” said Terry Jenkins, Sr. Manager of Corporate Responsibility Americas, Hilton. “Our...

AHLA Releases Results of 2018 Lodging Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released the results of a comprehensive Lodging Survey, a detailed assessment of advancements in amenities, guest services, sustainability and technology, in addition to other industry trends. This recent survey underscores how hotels advance, accommodate and innovate the guest experience. Consumers can expect seamless transitions between their everyday lives and their lives on the road thanks to increased mobile compatibility, flexible dining options and welcoming accommodations. This comprehensive survey is conducted every two years by industry data provider and AHLA partner STR, renowned for providing premium data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights for...

More on Styrofoam as Maryland Nears Statewide Ban

This past weekend my family dined at a Mexican restaurant here in Tampa. The food was just fine and as usual I could not eat the entire meal because of the volume of food given to me. I asked for a to-go box and, as most often is the case, I was given one made of Styrofoam (polystyrene). (The server also automatically gave us plastic straws which we declined.) This website lists some of the reasons Styrofoam is bad for the environment and all of us. Did you know that when paired with liquid and heat, a Styrofoam container’s toxins...

Maryland on Brink of Becoming First State to Ban Styrofoam Food Containers

ANNAPOLIS, MD.—Maryland is on the brink of becoming the first state to ban expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam food containers, as the State House passed a bill that would ban restaurants, grocery stores, and other food providers from using foam food containers because of their harmful impact on the environment. The bill also bans the retail sale of these products. The bill passed 97-38, with bi-partisan support. Following a pro-forma vote from one chamber on the other chamber’s bill, the legislation only needs Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature to become law. Often referred to as Styrofoam, lightweight littered EPS foam food containers...

Green Lodging Adds Trapzilla, Big Dipper Videos to Vendor Videos

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added two new videos to its Vendor Videos section. The first video describes the Trapzilla Super-Capacity Grease Interceptor for grease separation and storage. Trapzilla grease interceptors, solids separators, and sampling ports are designed for easy installation while efficiently dealing with grease and solids waste. The second video describes the Big Dipper for capturing and dewatering kitchen grease. Big Dipper’s complete line of grease traps, solid strainers, and accessories give kitchen operators the tools they need to take control of grease and solids. Big Dipper products use stainless steel wraps and inner corrosion-resistant plastic tanks...