One of the topics I’ve found myself discussing with friends and family since my trip to California wine country two weeks ago is the difference in the way I saw waste handled in California from the way I know it’s handled here in New Jersey.
The difference was obvious almost from the beginning of my trip when I checked into the Orchard Hotel in San Francisco. The beautiful hotel certainly doesn’t scream “green” when you walk in. It looks like an upscale boutique hotel. My room, while not extravagant, was bright, comfortable and very clean.
I noticed there were more small, sustainable touches in my room, though, than are in most hotel rooms. They included organic TCHO chocolates to welcome me, eco pure soaps and shampoos in the bathroom, organic and sustainable options in the honor bar, the requisite sign about how to let housekeeping know if you want the sheets and towels changed, a San Francisco Bay area Greenopia guide, and a sign saying if guests leave a comment on Trip Advisor, Orchard Hotel will plant a tree.
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