Sheraton hotels are billing it as a green alternative to hotel housekeeping. Cleaning staff see it as a job killing initiative. In short, Sheraton is offering hotel guests who stay multiple days a $5 benefit per day to forgo housekeeping services on the subsequent days of their stay. Fewer clean-ups save water use and chemical applications, the company contends. Housekeepers say that the delay in cleaning only leads to larger clean up jobs, using more water and chemicals, when the guests finally leave. Here's the full report from USA Today. What do you think about this situation?

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KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

Ooo. Tough call. Here's what I'm thinking: Especially during this recession, environmentalists want to be viewed as creating jobs, not taking them away. For PR's sake, the first question Sheraton needs to answer empirically is whether or not their proposed program actually saves water and chemicals.

posted on Tue, 05/11/2010 - 1:15pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Not that I want to put housekeeping staff out of work, but I sort of like this idea. Mostly because coming back to a cleaned room creeps me out. What did housekeeping do with all those apple cores I was saving? And my stack of apple seeds and stems? Where did they go?

If I can get $5 out of the deal, all the better. ($5 more for apples.)

posted on Tue, 05/11/2010 - 2:35pm

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