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From the housekeeping department to engineering, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Home Cleaning & Maintenance
From the housekeeping department to engineering, hotel operators have implemented innovative products and processes to save energy and minimize the impact on the environment. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Organization Offers Quick Certification for Bed Bug Detection

It is every hotelier’s aim to offer the best experience for his or her guests. That includes a healthy experience free of bed bugs. Chances are you have never heard of NOBBEL, Inc. NOBBEL is the National Organization of Bed Bug Education for Lodging. Using guidelines set forth by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), NOBBEL has created an online training and certification program for the lodging industry to deal with the growing bed bug epidemic. NOBBEL’S mission is two-fold: 1. To educate the public and the lodging industry about the bed bug epidemic. 2. To offer bed bug training and...

Ecolab Adds SMARTPOWER Program for Warewashing Efficiency

ST. PAUL, MINN.—Changing food preferences and increasing costs are driving restaurateurs to reexamine every aspect of their operations. As a result, operators want their warewashing to deliver more than sparkling place settings; they also want to reduce labor, water and energy costs to help boost profit margins. To effectively meet these needs, Ecolab developed the SMARTPOWER Program. SMARTPOWER is a complete warewashing program that includes Ecolab’s full line of products, digital monitoring of warewashing performance and Ecolab’s expert service. This complete program helps give restaurant operators peace of mind, knowing their operations are running smoothly while generating the best warewashing...

Ecolab Ranks Eighth on 2018 Best Corporate Citizens List

ST. PAUL, MINN.—For the fifth consecutive year, Ecolab Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, is ranked in the top 10 on Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list, which recognizes the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of public companies in the U.S. Ecolab ranks eighth on the 2018 Best Corporate Citizens list. “Our 48,000 associates are dedicated to a noble purpose: to make the world cleaner, safer and healthier,” said Ecolab Chairman and CEO Douglas M. Baker, Jr. “We take our responsibilities seriously—to our customers, our communities, our shareholders and to...

Why Environmental Probiotics Make Sense for Your Rooms

A guest’s stay at a five-star hotel ought to be an exciting and enjoyable experience. However, my own visit to one such top-tier hotel—during a vacation in Mexico some years ago—turned out to be a bit too exciting. Inside the first room that I was checked in to, the carpets and the air had such a moldy smell that I could barely breathe, let alone relax. I wound up sleeping on the balcony the first night I was there—before being transferred to another, cleaner room. I’m not the only one who has encountered this sort of problem. Poor air quality...

Soocen Machine Turns Cooking Oil into Detergent

SHENZEN CITY, CHINA—A lot of waste oil is produced every day in homes, slaughterhouses, food plants and hotels. The Environmental Protection Agency in the United States reports that restaurants create about three billion gallons of waste oil each year. Used oil has particles which could be hazardous to human health and is not suitable for consumption; it is therefore recommended that you occasionally change your frying oil. Somehow this waste oil may find its way to our tables after being illegally processed by unscrupulous traders. You would want a device that effectively solves the problem with minimal harm to...

AccorHotels Plans Rollout of Unbleached Linen

PARIS—To mark Planet 21 Day, AccorHotels announces the rollout by 2021 of a new range of eco-friendly linen. Not chemically bleached, it will approach an unbleached color: the natural color of cotton. Novotel, Mercure, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget will equip their rooms with bed linen and towels that respect the environment. The first global hotel group to offer its guests natural colored linen, AccorHotels is marking a turning point in the hospitality sector by declaring “Natural is the new white!”, as part of its overall policy to reduce the carbon footprint generated by its rooms. The new textile products...

Green Lodging News Adds Go Green Distributors to Directory

ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Go Green Distributors to its Green Product & Service Directory in the Food Preservation (Fresher, Longer) category. RD Fresh is an all-natural mineral mix that will remove moisture from your walk-in. This will result in a 1 to 3-degree temperature drop. By removing the moisture, compressor starts are reduced by up to 50 percent and hours of operation are reduced up to 40 percent. RD Fresh extends the life of the compressor 3 to 5 years and lowers maintenance costs by up to 50 percent. Additionally, RD Fresh removes...

Dyson Adds New Airblade Wash+Dry Hand Dryer

CHICAGO—In 1907, paper towels were introduced to washrooms. The electric hand dryer made its first appearance in 1948. But both can be expensive, unhygienic, and harmful to the environment. In 2006, Dyson engineers put a century of poor performing hand drying methods to rest, with the invention of Airblade hand dryer technology. But even with an efficient hand dryer, water dripping on the washroom floor can be a concern, as can excessive sound. With these challenges in mind, Dyson engineers set out to re-engineer the existing Dyson Airblade Tap hand dryer, to reduce loudness while maintaining a fast dry time....

Five Tips for Keeping Commercial Kitchen Floors Clean

ONTARIO, CANADA—As warmer weather returns in many parts of North America, one thing that restaurants, school cafeterias, and all commercial kitchens must be aware of is the return of insects. Many insects hide during the cold winter months, but warmer weather brings them out in force. “One of the big concerns with ‘creepy crawly’ pests in food service facilities is that they carry foodborne illness,” says Mike Watt, with Avmor, one of the oldest and largest cleaning chemical manufacturers in North America. “E. Coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, can all be spread by insects.” Watt suggests that an increased focus on floorcare is...

Going Eco-Friendly on Your Swimming Time

Thousands of hoteliers all over the country have swimming pools that they maintain every year. There are many more that are considering putting in a pool for the first time. Having a pool can be a great thing when it comes to cooling off on those hot summer days. However, the upkeep for these pools is something that you need to keep in mind. You also want to think about what you add to your pools to help keep them clean and safe for your guests. Getting a pool for the first time can run a lot of money out...