The year was 1989 and it was my first experience visiting the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (now called HX: The Hotel Experience (HX) and paired with Boutique Design New York (BDNY) at the Javits Center in New York City.) I was a much younger editor with Hotel & Motel Management magazine then and did journalism the old-fashioned way—taking photos using Polaroid Instant Cameras and standing there with the suppliers waiting for the photos to develop, writing articles on ancient, slow computers in the press room, and physically taking the pages for the daily show edition to the printer. Vendors would hire dancing girls to attract men to their booths and you could fill your belly by grazing the many aisles of food products on the south side of the show. Every college or university with a hospitality program would be there and the show took up two floors of the Javits. My, how times have changed—for the better in some ways.
I have great memories of the many Javits shows I attended over the years and will be attending the HX, and Boutique Design New York (BDNY) shows November 13 & 14. I highlighted the educational sessions in a previous column.
I will be there to attend sessions and to visit with green suppliers—show veterans and new ones—and will be reporting on my experiences here after the event.
For a hotelier, meeting the right supplier can mean an incredible amount of energy, water, or waste savings—adding up to increased profitability.
I took a glance at the exhibitor lists of HX and BDNY and here is just a small sample of companies that will be exhibiting their green products and services.
At HX: The Hotel Experience
CleanBrands, LLC—CleanBrands is a provider of mattress, box spring and pillow encasements that extend the life of the items they cover while keeping guests protected from dust mites, bed bugs, viruses, and more.
Hawaiian Paradise Coffee—Hawaii’s largest food-service coffee roaster by volume, Hawaiian Paradise Coffee is Rainforest Alliance Certified and comes packaged by box, bag, and K-Cups.
Navien Inc.—Navien will be at the show with its tankless water heaters. Up to 32 units can be grouped together for commercial applications. Water is only heated and provided as needed.
Emerson Electric Co.—Emerson Electric’s Verdant will showcase its guestroom energy management system products including its easy-to-install thermostat with a built-in motion sensor. The Verdant system offers potential guestroom energy management savings of from 40 to 50 percent.
At Boutique Design New York
Valley Forge Fabrics Inc.—Valley Forge Fabrics will introduce its new SEAQUAL MARINE PLASTIC collection. This large collection of unique upholstery textures includes almost 100 items and are woven with SEAQUAL YARN made from reclaimed plastics from marine and coastal areas.
Rentokil Initial plc—Rentokil Initial’s Ambius will feature its interior plants and green wall services. Ambius is a certified specifier, installer, and service provider for a wide range of green wall systems.
Gilchrist & Soames—Gilchrist & Soames will highlight its amenity dispenser option to reduce single-use plastic waste and feature its green lifestyle collections including BeeKind, Clean the World, and EarthTempo.
Milliken Hospitality—Milliken Hospitality will offer its many carpet options including the Arboreal Collection. It was designed to express how nature makes us feel—relaxed, grounded, secure, and full of life. Milliken explored the textures and lines of plants and trees to create serene patterns for hospitality interiors.
Rustbelt Reclamation—Rustbelt Reclamation will be at BDNY with its quality custom furniture made from local and unique material. The company is woman owned and operated and offers a tree-to-table program for clients who want to re-purpose existing logs from their property.
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