Greenpeace USA, the campaigning organization fighting for a green and peaceful future, rejects Marriott’s so-called “Make a Green Choice” program.
Greenpeace USA is among the many climate leaders – including Sierra Club and 350.org – calling for Marriott to stop disguising job cuts as a sustainability program and instead take real action for the planet.
“The climate crisis demands real action — not job cuts disguised as a sustainability measure,” Greenpeace USA said in a statement. “Marriott’s ‘Green Choice’ program is dangerous. Sign the pledge to stand with UNITE HERE and reject Marriott’s ‘greenwashing.’”
When asked to “Make a Green Choice” and skip housekeeping services for points, Marriott guests might think they’re making a choice to help the environment.
But the truth is, zero leading environmental studies recommend skipping housekeeping in the name of sustainability, and when a room goes days without cleaning, housekeepers report having to use more water and more chemicals to get the job done.
Plain and simple, Marriott’s “Green Choice” program hurts workers. When there are less rooms to clean, there’s less work for housekeepers – who lose the wages and benefits their families need. And a room that’s gone days without service is so much dirtier and harder to clean that housekeepers report pain and injury.
Job cuts disguised as a sustainability measure aren’t going to solve the challenge of climate change, and when companies engage in this kind of “greenwashing,” it undermines trust in proven environmental programs. Join Greenpeace USA and hotel housekeepers, and pledge to not use “Green Choice” when you stay at Marriott hotels. Hurting workers doesn’t help the environment. Together, let’s tell Marriott to create a REAL sustainability program.