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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.

Green Lodging News Welcomes Boxed Water Is Better to Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News welcomes Boxed Water Is Better™ to its Green Product & Service Directory in the Water/Sustainably Packaged category. Guests want to do all they can to help end the plastic pollution problem. Boxed Water offers award winning pure water in a box that is made from 74 percent sustainable materials (paper). When Boxed Water Is Better customers post pictures on social media, the company will plant two trees in national forests. Boxed Water Is Better has planted 790,000 trees so far. Boxed Water is Better can also help hotels organize events that support sustainability. Visit boxedwaterisbetter.com,...

WATER/SUSTAINABLY PACKAGED

Boxed Water Is Better A Sustainable Alternative to Plastic Water Bottles Guests want to do all they can to help end the plastic pollution problem. Boxed Water offers award winning pure water in a box that is made from 74 percent sustainable materials (paper). We also help you create a memorable experience; when your customers post pictures on social media, we will plant 2 trees in our national forests. We’ve planted 790,000 trees so far. We can also help you organize events that support sustainability. Visit our site at boxedwaterisbetter.com, e-mail us at hello@boxedwaterisbetter.com, or call 1-844-429-3987. Boxed Water Is Better » Email...

Three More Reasons to Transition Away from Plastic

Plastic has been the topic of several of my columns recently. I would like to add one more to the list for three reasons: Orbitz, Yelp, and the results of a very important study published earlier this month in Nature Geoscience. First, Orbitz is helping travelers stay at waste-conscious hotels by listing hotels and locations on its website that are doing their part to reduce or eliminate waste—specifically single-use plastic. The website includes a clickable U.S. map that explains specifically what type of plastic has been banned by the entire state or part of the state. In Illinois, for example,...

Four Easy Ways to Live a Greener Lifestyle

As a society, we are more aware than ever before of the damage our lifestyles are causing the environment and the rest of the world. We are much more aware of environmental issues than any generation before us, so many of us seek ways to live a greener lifestyle to try and limit the damage being caused to our planet. You may initially feel overwhelmed by what changes you should make in order to live a more environmentally-friendly and greener lifestyle, but there are many small but significant changes you can make that will make a huge difference. Here are...

Why Rechargeable Candles are Better for the Environment…and Your Bottom Line

NATIONAL REPORT—Rechargeable, “flameless” LED candles have been around for quite some time but technological advances, design improvements and environmental and economic awareness have made them the preferred choice for thousands of hoteliers and restaurateurs.The environmental impact of the burning and disposing of wax candles is significant. According to The Amazing Flameless Candle, a 48-table restaurant will go through 122,000 tea lights, 61,000 votives or 17,000 non-recyclable, oil saturated plastic fuel cell containers over five years as compared to just 48 flameless candles.In addition to the waste-related costs associated with disposable candles, there...

Orbitz Highlights Properties, Locations Eliminating Plastic Waste

CHICAGO—Orbitz is helping travelers stay at waste-conscious hotels by listing hotels and locations on its website that are doing their part to reduce or eliminate waste—specifically single-use plastic. The website includes a clickable U.S. map that explains specifically what type of plastic has been banned by the entire state or part of the state. In Illinois, for example, part of the state has banned plastic bags. In South Carolina, part of the state has banned plastic straws. To get your property listed, write to press@orbitz.com.

AMENITIES/DISPENSERS/TOILETRIES

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Mattress Recycling Council Launches Commercial Volume Pickup Program in California

ALEXANDRIA, VA.—The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) has introduced its Commercial Volume Pickup (CVP) program in California. The program is designed to provide no-cost transportation and recycling to retailers, hotels, educational institutions and universities that have at least 100 mattresses to recycle with the Bye Bye Mattress Program. It is managed by MRC’s Program and Logistics Coordinator, Joy Broussard.“By making it easier for these types of businesses to use the Bye Bye Mattress Program, we are diverting more mattresses from California landfills and working towards meeting statewide recycling goals,” said Broussard. “We have...

Banyan Tree Celebrates 25 Years, Earth Day with Over 25 Percent Reduction of Single-Use Plastic

SINGAPORE—Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its 25th Anniversary and Earth Day 2019 with an over 25 percent groupwide reduction of single-use plastic in a year. The Group announced a pledge against single-use plastic in support of the Earth Day 2018 theme End Plastic Pollution. Within a year, this declaration has inspired the change across its 48 hotels worldwide and successfully eliminated 4.2 million single-use plastic items, equating to a significant 26 percent reduction in total usage.Championing 25 years of sustainable development since its inception in 1994, Banyan Tree Hotels &...

Baffled by Industry Response to Single-Use Plastic Amenity Bottle Bill

Glenn Hasek The big news out of California this past week is Assembly Bill No. 1162, legislation that would eliminate single-use plastic bottles used to provide amenities to California lodging guests by January 1, 2023. It was introduced by California Assembly Member Ash Kalra and coauthored by Assembly Member Mark Stone. The next hearing date for the bill is April 23. While I applaud this groundbreaking legislation—a bold step to reduce the mountains of plastic amenity bottle waste that ends up in landfills, oceans and elsewhere—I am baffled by our industry’s response...