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    Posted July 30, 2014 by
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    Are major hotel chains "practicing what they preach" when it comes to their Environmental Sustainability Policies?

    Major U.S. hotel groups (e.g. IHG, Hilton, Marriott, Starwood Hotel properties) claim to have an "Environmental Sustainability Policy" asking guests, usually through pamphlets placed in the rooms, to help them "save the environment" and "go green" by conserving the use of bed and bath linens in order to reduce water and energy consumption. However, keeping your end of the bargain might not be enough.

    Out of the over 350 hotel nights I have experienced thus far, 8 out of 10 attempts to leave my bathroom towel hanging on the hook to reuse again (as instructed/requested) have failed. Housekeepers are still taking and washing them after only ONE use! This ignorant action is not fair to the environment when someone like myself as well as many others are trying to participate in the effort. These hotels that boast their “Care for the Planet” are not following their own policy. This is a severe widespread management system issue that exists countrywide and needs to be addressed.

    Are housekeepers taught this policy? Why aren’t they following it? Why so many failed attempts with different hotel brands? The responsible need to be held accountable. These big hotel groups need to maintain their integrity and adhere to the policies they claim to follow by improving this flawed policy.
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