Friday, October 25, 2013

Mandarin Oriental Miami: Green as Can Be!

The Mandarin Oriental Miami, part of one of the most luxurious hotel chains in the world, has begun implementing “Green Efforts,” in their hotel in order to become more conscious of the impact they are having on the environment. 

The Mandarin Oriental has partnered with Clean The World, a program which recycles donated soap. More than 2.6 million soap bars are discarded every day by hotels in the United States, and all of this soap ends up in landfills. Clean The World takes this soap from hotels, reprocesses it for sanitary reasons, and then donates the soap to homeless shelters locally and impoverished countries worldwide. Nearly 26,000 bars of soap have been donated to those in need just from the Mandarin Oriental alone!

Some other great green efforts that the Mandarin Oriental Miami has implemented include adding low flow systems for faucets, showers, and toilets in order to conserve water, outfitting exterior and lobby lighting with low energy florescent lighting, and use of a computerized Energy Management system. The Mandarin Oriental Miami also has recycling programs for paper products, plastic, aluminum, light bulbs, pallets, TVs, and computers. This hotel even has a “Light Patrol” that conducts a daily walk through to ensure that all un-used lights are turned off! For their efforts, the Mandarin Oriental Miami was awarded the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging Program designation, also known as the Green Palm. 

As the Mandarin Oriental Miami has shown, just a few small steps can make a big impact on the environment. Don’t you want your next stay to be in a green hotel?

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