A towel and sheet reuse program reduces the number of times towels and sheets are washed, saving hundreds of gallons of water per year. Washing towels and sheets that have not been used is usually unnecessary, yet most hotels still wash them. To implement this program, guests can be informed of laundering options and be advised that only towels left on the floor will be washed.
Guests who voluntarily opt to reuse towels and sheets save hotels a large amount of water, energy, and money. Voluntary programs that encourage guests to request clean linens when needed also extend the useful life of sheets, towels, and washing machines and dryers.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- The Colonnade Hotel
- Seaport Hotel
- Sheraton Hotel
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Boston Area Businesses Implementing a Towel and Sheet Reuse Program
- Alliance for Water Efficiency: Hotels and Motels
- Project Planet
- Sage Blossom Consulting: Effective Reuse Program for B&B
- GreenBiz: Towel and Linen Program
In The News
- “Hotel towel dilemma: Replace or reuse?” CNN, March 2013
- “Less Housekeeping, More Perks” Wall Street Journal, February 2010
- “Green rooms? Some hotels ask guests to reuse towels” The Seattle Times, April 2001