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Dr Amy Khor (left) speaks to Chef Lucas Glanville, director of culinary operations at Grand Hyatt Singapore, beside the Biomax Thermophilic Digester machine which recycles food waste for the hotel. ST PHOTO: TAN SUE-ANN

SINGAPORE – Grand Hyatt, a hotel near Orchard Road, has saved $100,000 a year, just by managing its waste. Instead of throwing food waste into the bin, the hotel staff transfer them into a machine known as the Biomax Thermophilic Digester. This technology recycles food waste such as vegetable, poultry, bones, egg shell, tissue paper and fruit peel from nine in-house restaurants and kitchens. The food waste is then converted into pathogen-free organic fertilisers which are used for the hotel’s landscaping purposes.

Find out more about this technology by reading the full article here.

By Sue-Ann Tan for The Straits Times.


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There’s a big lie about plastic — that you can throw it away. But that’s not true; there is no “away.”

Plastic bottles, plastic bags, snack wrappers, foam takeout containers, foam coffee cups, packing materials: these common, everyday items make up 85% of our waste stream. These items aren’t biodegradable and our ability to recycle them is limited.


This societal reliance on throw-away plastic is strangling our environment — particularly our waterways.

More than eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year, where it kills animals and fouls waterways and beaches. This isn’t the work of careless litterbugs at the beach. Over 80% of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources. Even if you live inland and take care to properly dispose of your trash, there is a good chance some of your plastic waste has found its way to the sea.


Consider the American Great Lakes, where 80% of the litter along the shorelines is plastic. That trash doesn’t stay put — it flows through the canals and river systems through the St. Lawrence Seaway and into the Atlantic Ocean. A takeout container that blows off a Chicago landfill can wind up off the coast of Africa.

From there, the damage gets far worse. Once in the ocean, plastic eventually breaks into micro-particles that cause toxins to enter the food chain.

A single discarded piece of plastic breaks down into millions — and these bits are mistaken for food and ingested by even the smallest organisms on the oceanic food chain. Contaminated zooplankton feed on phytoplankton, which are fed on by small fish, who are fed on by squid — and so it goes on up to our dinner plates.


Read the full article here.


By Julie Anderson from Los Angeles Time


Greener Hotel Guest

Here are 3 easy tips for you on how you can be a more responsible greener hotel guest, not only when you’re on holiday but also if you are on a business trip or visiting a trade show or event.

1.How to keep your hotel room a “green zone”?

Make sure to only get your towels and beddings changed when it is really necessary instead of every day. By doing so you can help to save water and reduce the consumption of detergent which reduces the hotel’s grey water. You can also save your water consumption when taking a shower and close the tap when you’re not directly using at the moment.

Reduce energy consumption by turning off lights in your room when they are not needed, as well don’t forget to turn off the A/C when you’re leaving the room and you might put it on an energy saving mode so it doesn’t blast out cold air the whole day.

2.How to better manage your own consumption habits?

You can make more sustainable food choices by only ordering as much as you can eat. In terms of buffets, be sure to only take smaller portions and not everything that looks good to you, to avoid not being able to finish your food and contributing to the hotel’s food wastes.

Also, instead of getting a new plastic bottle of water every time, consider bringing your own refillable bottle with you and getting it filled at water dispensers.

3.How about your reading matters?

The first thing that comes to mind when thing about checking into a hotel is the booking confirmation. Don’t print it but rather download it onto your smartphone and present this version at the reception. In general, try to go as paperless as possible!

You can further reduce your paper usage and waste by catching up on the news online. Find yourself the digital versions of your favourite newspapers and magazines instead of requesting or buying the hardcopy versions.