Glens Falls, NY., July 26, 2016 – 1 Hotels, FOUND:RE, HGU New York and Shore Hotel have all chosen to carry JUST® water in their relentless efforts to further reduce their carbon footprints. JUST water – 100% ethically sourced spring water – is packaged in a paper bottle made up of 82% renewable resources by using FSC®-certified paper and plant-based plastic derived from sugarcane. This use of renewable materials results in up to 74% less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional PET plastic bottles.
“Choices in travel and accommodations should support seamless extensions of conscious living, while also providing quality hospitality experiences,” said JUST CEO Grace Jeon. “These hotel partners each offer unique experiences in sustainable travel that take eco-consciousness to a new and exciting level, while creating awareness of choices from water conservation to renewable materials. We’re so thrilled that they have chosen JUST water to complement these thoughtful experiences.”
JUST water is responsibly sourced, produced and packaged for environmental and social impact with 100% spring water from the Glens Falls watershed in Upstate New York where water is abundant. An ethical trade revenue partnership with the city of Glens Falls is revitalizing the local community by paying more than six times the municipal rate for access to less than 3% of its excess water. This appreciable revenue over time helps to upgrade aging water infrastructure, while the business model itself is restoring industry, providing jobs and protecting the watershed.
In addition to offering a better bottled water, JUST’s hotel partners are built, designed and furnished responsibly, giving guests the ultimate sustainable hotel experience. 1 Hotels welcomes guests to their rooms with keys made from recycled wood instead of plastic. The LEED Gold Certified Shore Hotel in Santa Monica relies on recycled building and locally procured materials, state-of-the-art water- and energy-efficient systems, and certified sustainable interiors, including furniture manufactured from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)® certified wood. By sourcing food, furniture – even artwork – locally, hotels are able to decrease their carbon footprint, while educating travelers along the way. And guests are taking note – 40% of 1 Hotels guests reported their hotel stay has influenced their sustainability practices at home.
Many hotels have food service programs based on local sourcing and some have even planted organic gardens on-site. New downtown boutique hotel FOUND:RE Phoenix is committed to sourcing from local farms and family businesses for its MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails restaurant as much as possible.
Thoughtful design also makes a difference. LED lighting, energy efficient appliances and “smart” temperature control systems at HGU New York add up to a significant decrease in energy usage.
Headquartered in Glens Falls, New York, JUST® aims to create optimism and economic value through operational innovation and delivering disruptive products at affordable prices. A diverse group of impact investors, artists, and members of the science and innovation community came together to form JUST and support the launch of its first product, JUST water. JUST water is 100% spring water sourced from the Glens Falls watershed in the Adirondack Mountains. For more information, visit www.justwater.com.
About 1 Hotels
As a luxury lifestyle hotel brand inspired by nature, 1 Hotels cultivates the best of eco-conscious design and sustainable architecture, together with extraordinary comfort and an unrivaled level of service. 1 Hotels, launched in 2015 with the opening of exclusive properties in Miami’s South Beach and Manhattan’s Central Park, followed by the upcoming Brooklyn launch in late 2016, was developed with the simple idea that those who travel the world also care about it. 1 Hotels upholds this vision by channeling nature through design, culinary partnerships, connecting with the local community and taking small steps to make a big difference. Additional information can be found at www.1hotels.com.
Set to open in early fall 2016, the 105-room new lifestyle hotel will be a one-of-a-kind experience with details, designs, public spaces and amenities inspired by contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. The hotel will enhance the city’s arts offerings with an impressive collection of contemporary art and creative guest programming woven into the entire guest experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. The modern hotel will contain a dynamic art component led by Cultural Curator Michael Oleskow, who will be sourcing contemporary art of various mediums by local artists that will inspire creative guest experiences. The collection is intended to complement the decor and guest programming, including an on-site art gallery and exterior avant-garde art display. The FOUND:RE will also be partnering with prolific design partners to create an industrial, raw design and aesthetic throughout, with furnishings and touches such as concrete floors, exposed ceiling and floating beds.
The hotel will also have an on-site restaurant, MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails, which will offer a creative menu of social plates focusing on eclectic, globally-inspired street food. Developed by Habitat Metro, the developers of the condominiums Portland Place and Portland on the Park in conjunction with BOND Partners, developers of a collection of unique, lifestyle hotels and resorts, The FOUND:RE will be another layer of creativity in Downtown Phoenix. THE FOUNDRE will add to the flourishing art community, embracing its urban location with nearby art galleries, the Phoenix Art Museum and creative pop-ups. It is designed to be an artful space for locals and travelers to find themselves, embrace curiosity and ignite discovery.
FOUND:RE Phoenix is an affiliate of Worldhotels, a leading global group for independent upscale hotels with nearly 500 hotels in 250 destinations and 65 countries worldwide.
About HGU New York
Alfa Development’s first hotel property, HGU New York, is situated in New York City’s coveted NoMad district. The 90-room boutique hotel offers guests a truly authentic experience of New York City showcasing the history of the 1905 Beaux-Arts foundation, complimented by contemporary art and modern renovations and amenities. Located at 34 East 32nd Street between Park and Madison Avenues, the property will open July 2016. For additional information, please visitwww.hgunyc.com or call 212.779.3432.
About Shore Hotel
Just steps from the Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, Tongva Park, and the city’s popular beaches and shopping districts, Shore Hotel is the newest addition to the coastline—a LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified property that offers eco-friendly accommodations with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
The AAA Four Diamond property boasts an open-air, U-shaped design with stainless steel-clad trellis, outdoor “living room,” with pool, cocktail bar, water feature, and patio dining at Blue Plate Taco. Amenities on property include a fitness center, state-of-the-art meeting and special event space, a business center, in-room dining, valet, and superb access to year-round leisure activities in Santa Monica, as well as the city’s beaches.
The highly awarded Shore Hotel received two distinct honors in 2015: the prestigious Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) Grand Prize and the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Los Angeles Best Green Hotel Award.