Friday, May 29th, 2009

Nice Suit! Armani Linen? "No, Cintas Plastic"

wyndham-green-uniform-blue-suit-1No matter what the color, you could look marvelous in “green.”

Congratulations to Wyndham Hotels for being the first national upscale lodging chain to implement the eco-friendly uniform initiative! The hotel chain’s employees are now wearing ultra soft uniforms made from spun polyester fabrics derived from post-consumer products such as beverage bottles.

Lodging Hospitality magazine even recognized Wyndham with one of its 2009 Chain Leadership Awards for environmental action.

Designed by Cincinnati-based Cintas Corp., the uniforms come in two collections: an urban line with solid and pinstripe styles emphasizing dark and light blue colors with red accents; and a resort location version featuring nature–inspired earth tones.  The uniforms do not require professional dry cleaning — which, of course, minimizes the use of chemicals in the cleaning process.  The uniforms are now being worn by bellboys, desk clerks, concierge captions, maids and backroom support staff at Wyndham properties worldwide.

“As part of our quest to find new and innovative green practices, we challenged Cintas to design a program that reflected our three Wyndham brand–defining pillars of innovation, personalization and flexibility,” said Faith Taylor, Wyndham Worldwide vice president of sustainability and innovation, in a press release. “Cintas answered the call by selecting trendy, eco–conscious garments that are machine washable, easily modified and mixed–and–matched for a more personal look.”

What's next? An all-plastics themed season of Project Runway where  each week an aspiring fashion designer is eliminated from the competition for not using enough post-consumer recycled content in their design?


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