Wyndham Hotels Introduce "Green" Uniforms Spun From Plastic

Thursday, September 18, 2008

As part of its evolving "green" strategy, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts today announced the launch of a new ecologically–friendly uniform line for hotel staff using recycled polyester fibers spun from plastic beverage bottles.

Select Wyndham® hotels will introduce the new uniforms beginning this fall by job category. Front desk and other customer–facing employees are required to begin wearing the new uniforms by the end of 2009 and housekeeping and other back–of–house staff by 2010. All new properties are required to provide the new uniforms upon opening.

Wyndham Hotels Introduce "Green" Uniforms Spun From PlasticThe textiles are produced from post–consumer products, including recycled plastic beverage bottles, which are processed into flakes, then filaments that are spun into yarn and ultimately woven into very soft fabrics. Recycling polymers keeps more plastics out of landfills.

The uniforms, which do not require professional laundering, minimize the use of chemicals during cleaning and provide a cost savings to hotel operators.

Cincinnati–based Cintas Corporation will design and manufacture the uniforms and continue to introduce new eco–friendly fabrics for the Wyndham apparel program.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is the first national upscale lodging chain to mandate the Cintas eco–friendly uniforms systemwide.

"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. "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." The end result is a "fashionable suit that is cost–effective and extremely comfortable," added Taylor.

The program offers two collections: Trend, an urban line with solid and pinstripe styles emphasizing dark and light blue colors with red accents; and Fresh Air, geared at resort locations, featuring nature–inspired earth tones with a core color palette of brown, coral, yellow and celery hues.

Hotels may select among several design options within each job category to create a customized uniform program based on location, climate and décor.

"We tested the uniforms at several Wyndham hotels and found staff appreciated the comfort of the garments but also the retail–inspired, upscale contemporary look," said Peter Strebel, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts president. "Introducing a sustainable uniform is not only consistent with our vision to be more mindful of the environment, but also educates employees on the importance of being green–minded at all levels of the organization." The new Wyndham uniforms will be displayed at the 2008 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show to be held in New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Nov. 8–11, at the Cintas Corporation trade show booth.

In addition to its "green" uniforms, the Wyndham chain incorporates several ecologically–friendly initiatives including use of energy–efficient compact fluorescent lighting; low–flow water practices; an "Earth Smart" guest linen reuse program; and numerous recycling efforts. The chain recently announced its Wyndham ClearAir(sm) initiative to offer allergy–friendly guest accommodations designed to remove up to 98 percent of allergens. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is the first national upscale lodging chain to mandate allergy–friendly rooms systemwide.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts,a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico and the Caribbean. All hotels are either franchised or managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts or an affiliate. Additional information is available at www.wyndham.com.

CONTACT: Evy Apostolatos Director, Media Relations Wyndham Hotel Group 1 Sylvan Way Parsippany NJ 07054 (973) 753-6590 [email protected]

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