Meanwhile, Portland's Heathman Hotel has added eco-friendly touches during a series of remodeling over the past two years. Those rococo-patterned couches in the tea court? Made from rubber tree sap and soy-based foam. Tick. And when the hotel's bathrooms were re-done, recycled tiles and fixtures were used in addition to sustainably grown teak. Double points!
The third hotel singled out by the NYT was the Gaia Shasta Hotel in Anderson, California, and it has serious eco ethics. It relies on solar collection tubes to flood the building with natural sunlight and its grounds were landscaped with drought-resistant vegetation. (Next year they'll even pull out the drip irrigation.)
Gaia's laundry system recaptures 80 percent of the wash water for reuse--but don't worry, that water is sterilized. Using an eco-friendly ozone sterilization machine, of course!
Plenty of hotels are going green but these are some of the most unique eco-conscious initiatives we've heard of.
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[Photo: Denis Point / The New York Times ]