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SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—ClearWater Tech, LLC has introduced a new website devoted solely to EcoTex—“The Cold Water Catalyst,” for on-premise laundering. “With the rising popularity and greater acceptance of ozone by companies involved in laundering, we felt now was the time to raise the awareness level another notch,” said Cameron Tapp, President and CEO of ClearWater Tech.
MANCHESTER, N.H.—Xeros, Inc., a subsidiary of Xeros Ltd., the U.K.-based innovator of an ultra-low water cleaning system, will formally showcase its system to the worldwide commercial laundry market at the June 2013 Clean Show in New Orleans.
CAMBRIDGE, OHIO—On a day very soon Ohio State Park Lodges will be buying most of the food served in its restaurants from sustainable sources, generating zero hazardous waste and significantly decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. At least that is the goal for five Ohio State Park Lodges operated by concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “Our sustainability practices permeate every aspect of our operations—rooms, restaurants, gift shops, swimming pools, marinas—you name it, and as new technologies and products become available, we take a fresh look at what we are doing to see if we can improve upon it,” said Greg Woodland, regional manager of Ohio State Park Lodges and Punderson State Park Lodge in northeast Ohio near Newbury, Ohio. “And although we have made significant progress over a period of many years, we know there are always more improvements to be made. We take our mission of providing legacy hospitality with a softer footprint very seriously.” An example of Xanterra’s expanding sustainability strategies can be found in the five lodges.
CHICAGO—Conference attendees visited the Organic and Natural Foods Pavilion at the 2013 NRA Show looking for products to help satisfy customers’ growing preferences for such foods. Exhibitors displayed gluten-free and dairy free foods and desserts, naturally raised meats, and specialty teas, all of which have seen increased popularity in recent years.
Since its founding in 1989, Green Seal, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., has developed standards for more than 375 categories of products and services, from paints and adhesives to cleaning products. These standards are designed to address the environmental and social impacts of a product using a lifecycle approach—considering everything from the raw materials used to make the product to the manufacturing process and the product’s eventual disposal. This evaluation involves independent, third-party testing protocols using state-of-the-art scientific technologies that are internationally accepted. One of Green Seal’s latest standards applies specifically to the hotel and hospitality industries for both in-house laundry and laundry sent to outside services.
LONDON—The first international restaurant rating system that enables diners to choose restaurants that match their sustainability priorities wherever they are in the world was launched recently by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Some of the best restaurants in the world have already completed the SRA rating and a number of others have committed to doing so. Narisawa, the two Michelin-starred restaurant in Tokyo, won the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Zacapa, at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year, by achieving the highest score among the 50 Best Restaurants to complete the SRA’s new Global Rating survey. Noma, in Denmark and 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, in Hong Kong, completed the top three in this award. The SRA’s Global Sustainability Rating means diners in New York, Paris, Tokyo or Sydney for example, who care about where their food comes from, how restaurants manage their energy, waste and water and how they treat their staff, can check their credentials.
MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS.—Expanding on its line of hot and cold food wells, Alto-Shaam has added a selection of round wells to provide better food storage, display and quality. These hot soup wells use Alto-Shaam’s Halo Heat technology and EcoSmart design to help save on the bottom line.
OSHKOSH, WIS.—Continental Girbau Inc. recently partnered with RJ Kool Co., a full-service laundry distributor headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. As a result, RJ Kool now provides Girbau Industrial products to high-volume laundries throughout Missouri, Kansas, Southern Illinois and Northern Oklahoma. Girbau Industrial is a brand of Continental Girbau Inc.
SAN JOSE, CALIF.—In partnership with City Bees, The Fairmont San Jose’s Sustainability Team have installed honey beehives on the hotel’s rooftop. Beekeeper Robert MacKimmie will establish nascent beehives, each containing approximately 35,000 bees. When the beehives mature in four to eight weeks, they will each house up to 50,000 bees. “The cultivation of honey beehives marks the latest step in The Fairmont San Jose’s legacy of environmental stewardship,” says Kelley Cosgrove, general manager. “Pollinating insects play a critical role in maintaining natural plant communities and ensuring production of seeds in most flowering plants.” “By focusing on an under-utilized architectural feature, we are creating a new ecological niche, a support platform for pollinators re-inviting nature into an urban environment,” adds the hotel’s sustainability champ, Michael Miller. The beehives are estimated to produce approximately 100 pounds of honey which will be served to guests as part of the hotel’s commitment to offering local, organic, sustainable cuisine. This house-harvested honey will be used in soups, salad dressings, pastries, ice cream and desserts.
TRAVELERS REST, S.C.—EnviroPure Systems Inc., a world leader in the development of alternative technologies for organic food waste disposal, announces the appointment of Stefan Kahl as national sales manager. Kahn comes from the Atlanta division of U.S. Foods, where he has been specialist/category manager of non-foods/equipment & supplies for the past nine years.
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