Would You Trust A Hotel That Recycles Its Pillows?
Forgive us if we're way behind on this, but we just learned about a machine called the Pillow-Vac, which looks kind of like a photocopier but instead of toner and ink, it gets filled with down clusters and feathers. Designed to clean and "renovate" old pillows, the Pillow-Vac literally eats up all the dust-filled, germ-ridden, lumpy innards, sifts out the crap, and then spits everything back out into a pristine, fluffy new "ticking" (the technical term for the shell of a pillow). Pretty neat, huh?
We were tipped off to the whole world of pillow rehabilitation by Hilton Concord in San Francisco, who just announced their own multi-million dollar renovation—including brand new sustainable programs, like cold-water dishwashing, food waste reduction, and of course, pillow recycling.
For anyone who's curious to see exactly how the Pillow-Vac works, we highly recommend watching this video. It will brighten your day.
For hotels (and prisons, military bases, hospitals....anyone really), the environmental benefits are obvious: instead of having to constantly throw out barely-used pillows, housekeeping is able to "sterilize, renovate and reuse" the innards and turn them back into new pillows again. Thus, waste and cost are cut down dramatically, and no one is the wiser.
But we wanna know: would you stay at a hotel that openly admits to using the Pillow-Vac? Does the thought of recycled and repurposed pillow innards supporting your head at night bother you? Or would you get to sleep worry-free?
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