Holiday Inn hotels will phase out mini shampoo bottles

August 1, 2019 by  
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The owner of Holiday Inn, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has pledged to do away with the convenient but wasteful mini shampoo and soap bottles that are a staple in its 843,000 guest rooms. IHG owns more than 5,600 hotels around the world and announced that it will phase out the small plastic bottles and opt for bulk-sized containers for all its hotels by the end of 2021. According to the corporation, it uses over 200 million mini plastic bottles every year. Keith Barr, CEO of IHG, said, “Switching to larger-size amenities across more than 5,600 hotels around the world is a big step in the right direction and will allow us to significantly reduce our waste footprint and environmental impact as we make the change.” Related: Companies pledge $1.5 billion to reduce plastic waste IHG is the first global hotel corporation of its size to make this promise. According to Barr, the announcement is also related to the national and local governments’ inability to pass stricter sustainability regulations. “We collectively as an industry have to lead where governments are not necessarily giving the leadership to make a difference.” In addition to its interest in sustainability, the corporation’s board is also looking to attract more customers who are increasingly concerned about the environment. According to a survey sponsored by Hilton, a third of customers researched the company’s sustainability policies before booking a room. As a result, Hilton announced a pledge to cut its carbon footprint in half and double its investments in social good. In addition to eliminating the small plastic bottles, IHG is working to phase out plastic straws by the end of 2019. A similar pledge was also made by the company’s competitor, Marriott International. At least a third of IHG’s properties have already started using the bulk-sized toiletry dispensers, and the rest are working on the transition. The full phase-out will be completed by 2021. + IHG Via NPR Image via Melanie

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How To Live Mostly Plastic-free With Small Children

April 11, 2019 by  
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When I first started saying to friends and family that … The post How To Live Mostly Plastic-free With Small Children appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Floating sauna with charred timber cladding boasts minimal site impact

October 27, 2017 by  
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When Milan-based Small Architecture Workshop was asked to design a tiny sauna for a bed and breakfast in Åmot, Sweden, they wanted to do so with minimal environmental impact. The result of their efforts is this dreamy floating sauna on a lake wrapped in blackened timber to blend in with its forested surroundings. The architects built the compact structure in the span of two weeks as the first in a series of new amenities for the nearby bed and breakfast set in the middle of the forest. Located a three-hour drive from Stockholm , the bed and breakfast and accompanying sauna are an idyllic nature retreat for city dwellers. To minimize site impact , Small Architecture Workshop built the sauna on an existing wooden pier that they fixed up, thus avoiding digging and damaging the shoreline. The traditional Japanese technique of Yakisugi—more popularly known as Shou Sugi Ban—was applied to the sauna’s exterior cladding to make the timber resistant to weather, rot, and bugs. Related: Gigantic golden egg sauna warms up residents of Sweden’s northernmost town In contrast to the dark facade, the sauna is lined with light-colored alder wood. Visitors access the sauna through a covered space that serves as a dressing room and firewood storage room. Full-height glazing fronts the sauna, which can comfortably accommodate eight, to frame unobstructed views of the lake. + Small Architecture Workshop Via Dezeen Images via Small Architecture Workshop

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For islands, Hurricane Irma is the climate change wakeup call

September 20, 2017 by  
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Aruba’s prime minister hopes that other small islands will become living labs for rejecting fossil fuels for good.

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What Michael Pollan gets wrong about Big Ag

October 18, 2016 by  
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The narrative of the small local farmer “good guys” versus the Big Ag “bad guys” is not only a fiction, but it leaves unrecognized the work of many contemporary agricultural heroes.

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Tiny coffee bar incorporates existing graffiti into recessed design

April 7, 2016 by  
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Australian design firm NOMA* has transformed this small recess into a unique take-away coffee bar in Mount Lawley. Rather than completely redesigning the original facade, the compact 11 square meter shop incorporates the preexisting graffiti art on the adjacent exterior. The Standby Espresso Tenancy exemplifies adaptive reuse of small, micro size, underutilized spaces and illustrates how small projects can engage local communities. This project has been entered in the Small Projects category of the Australian Institute of Architects W.A. Architecture Awards . + NOMA* The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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When Only Green Office Space Will Do

November 19, 2015 by  
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When Earth911 and parent company Quest Resource Management Group (Quest) decided they had outgrown their shared office space and needed a new (shared) home, they decided to go big – big on the small stuff. Big on the small stuff? By focusing…

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Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

May 20, 2015 by  
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Impossible Electric Bike Folds Up Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack

November 21, 2014 by  
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Impossible Technology just unveiled a bike commuter’s dream – an electric bike that can fold up small enough to fit inside a backpack! The Impossible Bicycle ensures even weight distribution for a comfortable ride, it’s powered by rechargeable batteries, and it can travel 45 minutes on a single charge. Read the rest of Impossible Electric Bike Folds Up Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , electric bicycle , fold up bike , green design , Impossible Bicycle , Impossible Technology , sustainable design

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New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

November 21, 2014 by  
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The International Maritime Organization has just signed off on an International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, more simply known as the Polar Code . This was developed in response to already increasing shipping activity in the polar regions, which is expected to grow further in the Arctic in particular due to reductions in sea ice . New shipping lanes are opening, making it necessary to adopt measures to protect sailors and passengers in such dangerous conditions, as well as to protect the vulnerable polar regions from environmental disasters. Read the rest of New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctica , Arctic , Climate Change , environmental disaster , global warming , ice caps melting , IMO , increased shipping in Arctic , industrial accident , International Maritime Organization , marine , marine safety , melting sea ice , north pole , ocean , oil spills , polar , polar regions , SEA , shipping , Shipping lanes , south pole

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