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Preserving the rainforest: Posada Amazonas

…atives undertaken by Posada Amazonas include: Waste material separated and recycled with biodegradable material being composted on site Only biodegradable soaps and shampoos are used in bathrooms, for washing dishes, and for laundry Shade from tall rainforest trees and frequent cloudy weather makes it difficult to use solar power so a gas generator is used for kitchen essentials but is limited to five hours per day The carbon footprint of the…

Upcycling bed linen to support social enterprise and The Prince’s Trust

…o purchase for £20 at www.shopmarriott.com/bedlinentote with Marriott donating at least £10 from the sale of every bag to The Prince’s Trust. Across the U.K. Marriott hotels have introduced hairdryer bags, newspaper bags and laundry bags made from retired bed linen into their guestrooms, helping provide a richer guest experience. The exclusively designed tote printed as a limited edition of 1,000 bags is a collaborative project that aims to…

Hilton WorldWide Commit to RePurpose Waste Across 90 Countries

…efforts are intended to reduce waste and increase recycling and donation activities across the world. “We are honored to join the Clinton Global Initiative,” said Randy Gaines, vice president of engineering, housekeeping and laundry operations for the Americas, Hilton Worldwide. “The business impact of waste presents a complex challenge, especially within the hospitality industry. It requires thoughtful and creative solutions like RePurpose….

Ibis making plans in green ink with Eco-Pen

…efforts on protecting the planet, its people and the environment”. Accor Hotels in the UK launched their agro-forestry partnership with Pur Projet in May 2013 to mark the first anniversary of PLANET 21. So far, thanks to the laundry savings generated by the Plant for the Planet programme, Accor hotels have funded the planting of 3 million trees worldwide. Accor was the first international hotel group to carry out a full analysis of its…

Best Western Hotels in Finland, Poland and The Baltic States slash carbon footprints with Ecompter

…e them with subtle suggestions before their visit, of ways they could consider saving energy during their stay, supporting each hotel’s own environmental policies. This includes reminders to turn off lights, offering reduced laundry of towels and promoting the sustainability of showers over baths. Ecompter’s solution has also been invaluable in providing the level of open and honest detail required by the most socially responsible companies,…

Demand Response trial nets big windfall for London hotels

…down of all chillers when required. Keen to promote its dedication towards the hotel’s green business credentials, Park Plaza will also allow other services to be manually turned off during a demand response event, including laundry room equipment and its onsite water bottling system. Daniel Pedreschi, general manager from Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London commented, “Working with KiWi Power to identify a turn-down strategy was a simple…

Green Hotelier interviews the winners of the Cornell Student Sustainability Competition

…related to The Giving Bag would be purchasing the bags. The initiative has low start-up costs with high potential for future returns and savings. Since the bag can be of the hotel’s choice, a hotel could choose to use extra laundry bags and just add The Giving Bag logo. An upper-scale hotel could choose to purchase biodegradable bags, or find another sustainable material to use. GH: What are the main sustainability benefits? Both: The main…

Green by name, green by nature: Hotel Verde, South Africa

…drainage water Drip system irrigation Water wise landscaping with indigenous or endemic plants Dual flush toilets and waterless urinals Low flow fittings and only a select few rooms with baths Water saving rinse and prewash laundry settings No evaporative cooling is used in the building Leslie Hoy, Manager of Environmental Management Services at Rand Water, sponsor of the award explained that the judges looked for both theoretical as well as…

Talking Point: There’s more to a balanced bathroom than feng shui

…tes and why they are important for the best sustainability, efficiency, cost control and guest satisfaction possible. Hotels are high water consumers. What with landscaping, swimming pools, water features, daily cleaning and laundry, the average occupied hotel room can glug through 1500 litres daily. This World Water Day it pays to remember that 40% of the world’s population suffers water shortages for one month each year, and with guests in…

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