An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Oct 13, 2014 06:30 AM CDT

If you've stayed at a hotel lately, you've probably been offered the opportunity to help save the environment by reusing your towels. "Can you imagine," the little towel-rack hanger asks, "the number of towels that have been used only once that have to be washed every day in all the hotels in the world?"

Is this an example of hotels going green, as the Green Hotels Association (…), says? Or is it, as critics charge (…), a classic case of "greenwashing?" The real aim, the critics say, is to save money on labor and utilities; the ...

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