In order to roll out ecological design on a large scale, AccorHotels has defined sustainable development criteria for the 10 families of products that are key to its business. The criteria identified include prohibiting the use of certain chemicals, using recycled materials, green labelling of products and using wood or paper products that do not result in deforestation.
In 2015, 98% of Accorhotels were already using at least one ecolabel product for floor coverings, paints or cleaning products. 94% purchased certified sustainable paper.
Novotel, a hotel within the AccorHotels Group lead the way by taking eco-friendly action to another level, especially with the "Live N Dream", Novotel’s 100% sustainable bed.
In 2014, Novotel created "Live N Dream", the bed system that resulted from an eco-design scheme that also addressed other sustainable development concerns. To date, about 14,000 beds have been introduced in some fifteen countries, mostly in Europe.
Accorhotels also have adopted the use of innovative pillows and duvets filled with bedding fibers made from 100% recycled PET; materials chosen for their low environmental impact (a bed base made with wood from sustainably managed forests); less packaging material and end-of-life product recycling solutions.
Furthermore, with the involvement of ergonomists to create a design that limits the risk of musculoskeletal disorders for housekeeping staff; training videos to teach them the right bed-making gestures and postures and how to use the hydraulic Levly® bed-lifting system.