While staying overnight at a hotel recently, the bold words on a door hanger caught my eye: "Please reuse the towels."
In a hotel? Really.
Then I read more and was not quite so indignant.
"We invite you to join with us to conserve water by using your towels more than once. In addition to decreasing water and energy consumption, you help us reduce the amount of detergents entering our water system. Please hang up the towels if you wish to participate in this program - if not, simply leave them on the floor."
The program was launched about seven years ago by Project Planet Corp. in Dawsonville, Ga. The company focuses on solutions for the hotel industry that have high guest satisfaction, provide a bottom line benefit for the hotel and help the environment, says Tyler Tatum, general manager of Project Planet Corp.
If guests agree to the linen reuse plan, sheets are changed every three days rather than every day. Of course, this only applies to guests who are staying more than one night. New guests get clean towels and bedsheets.