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TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Mountain Plumbing Products as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Mountain Plumbing Products is owned by the third generational, 113 year old, Scottish company McAlpine Plumbing Products. Mountain Plumbing Products specializes in high-end decorative kitchen and bathroom accessories. Mountain Plumbing Products is also a provider of in-room water filtration systems.
TRAVELERS REST, S.C.—EnviroPure Systems Inc., a T&S company, has introduced an ozone recirculation system as an optional addition to its on-site organic food waste disposal systems. The new feature eliminates the need to add fresh water during EnviroPure’s digestion process, relying instead on water that is naturally extracted from food waste as it processes through the system.
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—Glaro Inc. is offering a new product line: 24” wide low profile half round waste and ash/trash receptacles. According to Executive Vice President Robert Betensky, “Space saving, all metal receptacles are high in demand. In Glaro Inc.’s case, 18” wide receptacles were so popular that Glaro Inc. was compelled to add an even larger capacity model. A 24” model made a 29 gallon capacity possible, simultaneously giving facility managers a larger size model to place strategically throughout their facilities.”
NATIONAL REPORT—In the auto industry the “Big Three” most generally has been Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. In the world of mattress manufacturing there has also been a big three of sorts—Serta, Sealy and Simmons Bedding. These three companies have historically been the primary suppliers of mattresses to the U.S. lodging industry. Green Lodging News contacted each of these companies to participate in this article on mattresses but for different reasons they chose not to participate (they never responded or said the timing was bad). These companies, in varying degrees, have sustainability initiatives in place. Their websites provide some details. Outside of Serta, Sealy and Simmons Bedding, there are many companies that have come along to offer what they say are more sustainable mattress options. Each of these companies has their own take on what is sustainable or not sustainable. This article will take a look at some of these companies and what makes their mattresses uniquely green, or at least greener than what has previously been offered to lodging.
TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Ready Care Industries as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Ready Care Industries is the maker of Ecoeclipse, a shower dispenser that holds full sized 8 oz. bottles in a theft and tamper resistant holder. It was created to reduce bottle waste for in-room amenities and reduce in-room costs by up to 60 percent the first year. The dispenser can be filled with a reasonably priced private label to a high end branded spa line like Pure Fiji.
SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, the total energy and sustainability management company, announced the availability of the Waste Manager module on the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform, a technology platform for large commercial and industrial companies to manage their resource consumption across multiple categories. The Waste Manager module provides multi-site companies with greater visibility into waste generation and cost metrics to drive bottom-line savings, improve environmental performance, and support corporate sustainability goals.
JOHNSTON, S.C.—Riegel div. Mount Vernon Mills, Inc. is turning plastic bottles into durable table linen. RieNu by Riegel is a 100 percent recycled polyester linen produced from Eco-Sure, a 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET as confirmed by Scientific Certification Systems. Simply put, one 20 x 20 napkin made from RieNu recycled polyester fabric eliminates three 16 oz. plastic bottles from our landfills.
NEW YORK—The de Blasio Administration announced that as of July 1, 2015, food service establishments, stores and manufacturers may not possess, sell, or offer for use single service Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam articles or polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as “packing peanuts” in New York City. After consultation with corporations, including Dart Container Corp., nonprofits, vendors and other stakeholders, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has determined that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam cannot be recycled, which led to the ban. DSNY also determined that there currently is no market for post-consumer EPS collected in a curbside metal, glass, and plastic recycling program. As a result of the ban, manufacturers and stores may not sell or offer single-use foam items such as cups, plates, trays, or clamshell containers in the city. The sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as “packing peanuts” is also banned. “These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
SIOUX LOOKOUT, ONTARIO—Most sea shipping containers that end up in the United States or Canada from points west never get shipped back. Trade imbalances can have burdensome repercussions on the environment. Many shipping containers are recycled for their steel but occasionally the containers are creatively reused—even in construction. Case in point is the recently opened Days Inn-Sioux Lookout in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. The 60-room Days Inn, a Realstar Hospitality franchised hotel that is managed by Liberty Hospitality, is comprised of 120 sea shipping containers on two levels. The modular units were prefabricated off-site in Calgary, Alberta by Ladacor Ltd. The location of the Days Inn, in a remote northern Ontario area where the winters are long, helped sway the owners to build as much of the hotel off-site, says Joe Kiss, president of Ladacor. Kiss adds that by building the hotel that way, the overall construction time was reduced from 2.5 years to 13 months. The modular approach also reduced the cost of the project.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Champion Industries, manufacturer of a full line of commercial warewashing systems, announced its newest innovation, the Phoenix Dehydrator, for commercial food waste. The Phoenix Dehydrator can process all organics including: produce, fruits, cut flowers, meats, fat trimmings, fish, paper napkins, coffee grounds, spoiled milks, deli products and some soft plastics, reducing organic waste by as much as 95 percent.
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