Marriott Recycles Discarded Linens

Marriott has teamed up with social enterprise Sleeping Bags again to create another series of tote bags made complete from retired bed linens from Marriott hotels in the United Kingdom. For this limited series (there are only 1,000 pieces available), luxury scarf designers Lily and Lionel have designed a graceful bird print for the bags. The design was chosen to convey the campaign’s message of sleeping a little better after supporting this environmental cause.

Andy Marks, founder and CEO of Sleeping Bags said that the problem of discarded linens was a serious one worth focusing on. “If laid end-to-end, bed linen condemned by the world’s leading hotel chains in one year would go around the world more than twice,” he said.

Previously, the hotel chain and social enterprise teamed up with local artists to do very limited hand-painted tote bags, and hairdryer, newspaper, and laundry bags for specific Marriott properties.

The tote bags are available on the hotel’s e-commerce website for US$31, with at least $15 from each bag going to the UK youth charity The Prince’s Trust.

For more information, visit shopmarriott.com.

The Luxe List 2012, China: Park Hyatt Ningbo at Ningbo

For its first resort in Greater China, Park Hyatt cast its luxe wand over an old lakeside fishing village in the rural outskirts of Ningbo, two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Shanghai. Taking cues from the original village, the property is laid out as a hamlet of whitewashed buildings with sloping charcoal roofs linked by winding slate paths, bridges, and tea gardens. The misty Chinese-watercolor vista gives way to mod-Zen splendor within.

Dramatic white-marble halls are lined with soaring teak columns and gallery-worthy art installations, while the 236 pearl-toned guest rooms come with lake-view terraces and open bathrooms. The village’s 500-year-old ancestral hall has been stunningly repurposed as a teahouse serving infusions plucked from the hills; other diversions include the 10-villa Yue Hu Spa and a canal-side restaurant that does amazing things with Ningbo’s prized seafood. Guests can visit Buddhist mountain temples by bike or simply soak up the scenery from the resort’s infinity pool, which splashes right into Dongqian Lake.

188 Dayan Lu; 86-574/2888-1234; ningbo.park.hyatt.com; doubles from US$190.

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Korean Air Schedules Myanmar Route

Above: The six-hour flight will be the first direct route to Myanmar from South Korea.

Korean Air is to launch direct flights to Yangon, Myanmar from Incheon International Airport, 50 kilometers west of Seoul, The Korea Times reports.

Korean Air said it would use a 138-seat Boeing 737-800 passenger jet to serve four weekly flights from September 13.