My husband and I just spent a week in New Orleans, where we had a fabulous time, but as a true enviro-geek, I was unhappy with the complete lack of recycling in our hotel or any references to green laundry services, etc. Housekeeping did a complete change of linens every time we let them in (we sleep really late after jazz fest!) but they did start asking us what we needed after a few days. Of course, they were pretty inconsistent, too – one day we got 4 towels and nothing else, one day I asked for hand towels but didn’t get a bathmat….
The amount of beer and liquor consumed in N.O. is phenomenal and with their open container laws almost all drinks are served in plastic cups so you can wander around the streets. I didn’t see any signs of recycling in any hotel, restaurant, or public area, although a bartender told me there was a curbside program throughout the city.
Is there anyone on the listserv from N.O. who can reassure me that some recycling etc. is being done behind the scenes? Tourism is the biggest industry, I’m sure, and must have a huge impact on the environment in the city and surroundings.
This brings up
something that I was just thinking about this weekend. On Friday
afternoon, I checked into a hotel and found a card in the bathroom that
indicated that, as an environmental measure, towels would only be washed if you
left them on the floor. I was pleasantly surprised to see this, and next
morning my husband and I left our towels on the shower curtain bar so they
would not be washed. When we got back to our room later in the day, we
found all fresh bath linens, contrary to what the card had indicated would
happen. When I mentioned this to the clerk upon check-out, I was told
that, in fact, the laundry is closed 2 days a week, and the card is there so
people won't be upset when their towels don't get washed those two days. I
told the clerk that they shouldn't say one thing and do another. She
seemed sympathetic, but I'm sure my comment went nowhere.