Sustainability has been a major driver in Hospitality trends over the last few years. As the concept of going green continues to gain momentum, most hotels and restaurants are making a conscious effort to do their part in helping the environment. This is a huge step in the right direction.
This article will explore how you can incorporate products made from recycled plastic in your "going green" initiatives, as well as the benefits these changes can hold for your business.
Importance of plastic water bottle recycling
Over 60 million plastic bottles are thrown away every day in the US - most of which end up in landfills or as litter in our parks, streets, and waterways. That equates to around 35 billion empty water bottles in a single year.
However, there are many ways water bottles can be given a second, useful and sustainable life. Read on to learn.
Incorporate recycled products in your "going green" initiatives starting with hospitality textiles
While the first step in going green is recycling, the next step is using products made from recycled plastic. There are many recycled plastic products that hotels and restaurants can include in their inventory.
What can recycled plastic water bottles become?
- Staff uniforms
- Restaurant Napkins
- Bedding/pillow insulation
- Furniture like chairs and luggage racks
How Water Bottles Become Napkins
- The process begins of course with collection recycled water bottles. They are thoroughly inspected to remove any foreign objects or liquids.
- They are then dried, sterilized, and crushed into small chips.
- They are then melted down and extruded into a new fiber.
- That fiber can now be dyed, sewn, and made into textile products like our Rienu Napkins.
Made from recycled plastic bottles, Rienu has the same attractive qualities as Premier table linen, with far less impact.
- Cotton-like softness
- Superior quality
- Variety of beautiful color choices.
- 100% post-consumer recycled polyester
Benefits of commerical laundry businesses using products made from recycled plastic
Including recycled products in your inventory holds major benefits for your impact and budget. Let’s consider 100% post-consumer recycled polyester fabrics that are used to make sustainable table napkins, staff uniforms, and bedding.
Not only are these linens made from recycled water bottles, but they’re also more eco-friendly than traditional cotton.
Advantages of Recycled Polyester
Dries faster - uses less electricity
Withstands more wear and tear - needs less replacing
Crease-resistant - less ironing before use
Stain-resistant - won’t stain as easily as cotton
By using recycled polyester fabrics in your hotel or restaurant, far fewer resources are being used than when you purchase non-recycled linen fabrics. Thus lowering your carbon footprint.
Did you know?
It takes about 10 plastic water bottles to make enough poly-fiber for a staff shirt.
With only 3 recycled plastic bottles, you can make enough polyester for a quality restaurant napkin.
There are many ways to make the hospitality industry more sustainable. At 1Concier, we incorporate both efficient production methods and innovative technologies to supply the hospitality industry with sustainable luxury linen and products.
If you’d like to speak to a professional consultant, contact our 1Concier Linen experts today. We are always ready to help you make the right decisions for your business. We're the hospitality industry's one-stop-shop.