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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.

IHG’s 843,000 Guestrooms to Switch to Bulk-Size Bathroom Amenities

ATLANTA—IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced that its entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 guestrooms will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed during 2021. Building on its efforts to reduce plastic waste as part of a broader sustainability agenda, this pledge makes IHG the first global hotel company to commit all brands to removing bathroom miniatures in favor of bulk-size amenities. Keith Barr, CEO, IHG, commented: “It’s more important than ever that companies challenge themselves to operate responsibly—we know it’s what our guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers rightly...

Think Coffee Fights Single-Use Cups in New York

NEW YORK—This week Think Coffee is piloting the Huskee Cup Swap program at their 73 8th Ave. location near 14th St. in Manhattan, with all other locations to follow soon. Under this innovative program, anyone who brings in a used Huskee Cup will have their beverage served in a clean, sanitized replacement. Earth-conscious customers who want to avoid single-use cups no longer must worry about cleaning their own travel mug because Think Coffee takes care of the dirty work for them. An estimated 600 billion coffee cups end up in landfills each year because they cannot be recycled. The aim...

FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT/FLATWARE SAVER

FlatwareSaver Save Money & the Environment Our exciting FlatwareSaver is the first truly effective device for preventing 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. Our “Original” model is many times more effective than any other product on the market, reducing costs between 50 and 85%. 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,...

It is Buyer Beware When Purchasing Compostable Foodservice Containers

NATIONAL REPORT—With so much attention given to the problems that go along with the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) in hotel foodservice operations, hoteliers have been turning to alternatives made from sugarcane, potato and vegetable starches, corn, beets, cassava and other materials. Selecting the eco-friendliest alternative to polystyrene is not easy, however. Molded fiber containers, paperboard containers, brown sandwich paper and other food packaging items have been found to contain PFAS chemicals that can migrate to food held in the items and linger for a long time in the human body—even promoting cancer. The chemicals can also contaminate soil and...

Aramark Launches New Apparel Line Made from Recycled Materials

PHILADELPHIA—Aramark is launching an exclusive new WearGuard Eco Collection that offers an apparel solution for customers committed to minimizing their impact on environment. The eco-conscious apparel is created with recycled fiber blends, including traditional recycled polyester, oyster shell polyester and REPREVE performance fiber manufactured entirely from recycled plastic bottles. “Our customers are more environmentally conscious than ever before and this exciting new solution is one way we are responding to an increasing demand for sustainable products,” said Brad Drummond, Chief Operating Officer of Aramark’s Uniform and Refreshments sector. “I couldn’t be more excited about this new offering and how it...

A Beginners Guide to Building Hotels with Recycled Steel & Reclaimed Wood

NATIONAL REPORT—Many people probably don’t know that the Mandarin Hotel in Las Vegas was built with 85 percent recycled materials. Bear in mind that this is a 47-story luxury hotel that is managed by one of the most recognized multinational hospitality companies. Some examples of other hotels built with recycled materials in the United States and around the world include the LEED certified Harmon Guest House in Healdsburg, Calif., Sherwood in New Zealand, the RIMBA Jimbaran Hotel in Indonesia and many others. The recycled materials that are often used in building these hotels vary, but they nonetheless can be utilized in...

Sustainability in Hotels Explores Growing Emphasis on Green Building Practices in Hospitality Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) suggests that sustainable building practices, including those involving energy and water conservation as well as waste reduction, are increasingly being incorporated throughout the hotel sector to add value and provide a competitive edge to properties. Sustainability in Hotels: Opportunities and Trends Shaping the Future of Hospitality assesses the state of sustainability in the hotel sector by identifying best practices, highlighting industry trends in sustainability, and offering solutions to sustainability-related obstacles. The report, published by ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance, contains case studies and is informed by insights from 25...

Daniella Foster Pushes Hilton Toward Ambitious 2030 Goals

Name: Daniella Foster Title: Senior Director, Global Corporate Responsibility Company: Hilton Years in Current Position: Two years, seven months Primary Responsibilities: “I lead global strategy, business integration, youth economic opportunity, social and environmental investments, signature partnerships and ESG reporting across Hilton’s value chain.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related accomplishment: “Last year we relaunched Travel With Purpose with 2030 goals. Part of those 2030 goals included a lot of industry firsts.” Organization’s most significant sustainability-related challenge moving forward: “The No. 1 challenge is to engage the guest in this journey and help them understand what sustainable travel looks like—the guest engagement piece and how we gamify that.” MCLEAN,...

Green Lodging News Adds ChemxWorks to Product & Service Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Green Lodging News has added ChemxWorks to its Green Product & Service Directory. The company’s D-CARBONATOR soak tank removes carbon buildup and the worst fats, oil and grease (F.O.G.) from kitchen equipment (aluminum baking pans, hood filters, baking racks, floor mats and more) using heated water in combination with safe, eco-friendly and proprietary detergent CarbonZyme. The D-CARBONATOR operates at a temperature of 185˚F/85˚C. Equipment removed from the unit is fully sanitized and bacteria free. It saves on labor, utilities, water, equipment and chemicals. The D-CARBONATOR is 12 times less costly to operate than a 3-compartment sink and cleans better...

Ecolab Ahead of Pace to Save Enough Water for 1 Billion People

PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies, has released its 2018 corporate sustainability report, Accelerating Meaningful Change, which highlights its work with leading companies throughout the world to reduce environmental impact and drive cost savings. The 2018 publication is Ecolab’s 12th annual corporate sustainability report. “Whether it’s saving water or reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions, there’s a growing realization that these priorities go hand-in-hand with business growth and profitability,” said Ecolab Chairman and CEO Douglas M. Baker, Jr. “By the nature of our work, we help companies achieve their operational and sustainability goals.” Highlights from...