NEW YORK—Last week’s International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, which drew more than 35,000 people, was packed with innovative products to help hoteliers clean naturally, save energy and water, and minimize waste generation. Also on hand were vendors offering everything from environmentally friendly wall coverings to nontoxic tub refinishing. Here are a just a few highlights from the 1,250 companies who exhibited at the lodging industry’s No. 1 trade event.
Action Comax Environmental Inc., Newark, N.J., introduced its BioX high-volume organic waste decomposition system. Inside of a large steel container, food waste is broken down to liquid through biological decompostion. It can then be easily disposed of safely down the drain.
The BioX system eliminates hundreds of pounds of organic waste each day, saving in waste hauling fees and the fuel needed to haul it away. The end result: better air and less water pollution. BioX units can be installed in kitchens where organic waste is generated.
Queenaire Technologies, Ashburn, Va., featured its line of compact ozone generators that eliminate odors from the air naturally. Queenaire’s product line can handle rooms up to 60,000 cubic feet in size. The company’s NewAire Plug-In deodorizer weighs less than a pound and effectively gets rid of odors caused by smoke, mold and mildew, pets, garbage and more.
ReNew Finishing Systems, Lawrenceville, Ga., resurfaces tubs, tile, sinks, countertops and cabinets. In its resurfacing processes, the company uses a water-based process that emits zero volatile organic compounds. Phyllis Rice, c.o.o. of the company, says they currently are pursuing Green Seal certification for their resurfacing product.
Ray Burger, president of Pineapple Hospitality, Saint Charles Mo., was at the show representing GE Consumer & Industrial. Pineapple sells numerous types of fluorescent lamps for GE. They include: 42-watt Super Long Life Universal Burn Spirals, glass reflector compact fluorescents, Mini Spirals that can last up to 8,000 hours, and much more.
Maytag Commercial Laundry, Cleveland, Tenn., featured its Commercial Laundry Energy Advantage line of products. The brand offers rigid-mount front-load washer-extractors, soft-mount high-speed extractors, and drying tumblers designed to lower energy costs.
Terminix Commercial, Memphis, Tenn., introduced its RapidFreeze solution to pest control. The non-chemical treatment uses carbon dioxide to freeze insects, including their nymphs and eggs, on the spot. Because it is free of chemicals, it can come in direct contact with beds, linens and tabletops without the need for cleaning.
Gerber Plumbing Fixtures, Woodridge, Ill., displayed its complete line of water-saving toilets, including its Ultra Flush and Ultra Dual-Flush lines. The Ultra Flush line features models that use as little as 1.1 gallons per flush (gpf). The Ultra Dual-Flush uses either 1.1 gpf or 1.6 gpf.
Sharper Image, San Francisco, was on hand to demonstrate its Ionic Breeze Air Purifiers. The purifiers offer multiple air-cleaning speeds, consume very little energy and require no filter replacement. The purifiers comply with current U.S. safety requirements for low ozone emissions.
The ReFinishing Touch, a Green Hotels Assn. member, diverts tons of furniture from landfills by refinishing it and extending its life. The Alpharetta, Ga.-based company uses water-based, nontoxic solutions in its restoration processes. At the show, representatives were on hand to explain the firm’s armoire modification program, a necessity given the rise in demand for flat screen TVs.
ETL, Modesto, Calif., featured its water-saving showerheads. The showerheads offer better pressure than most water-restricting showerheads by accelerating it through a cone-shaped tube where oxygen is injected. Energy is saved because less water needs to be heated. At this year’s show, ETL introduced its stylish Five Star Resort Spa Series.
Philips, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, introduced many different products. They include the Wake-Up Light, which awakens guests naturally with gradually increasing light, sensor-triggered LED stumble lights, which come on when a guest steps out of bed, LED candles, and compact fluorescent bulbs that can save up to 75 percent in energy when compared to incandescents.
Lodging Technology, Roanoke, Va., displayed its GEM guestroom energy management system that utilizes infrared sensor-based technology. It determines the physical presence of guests by detecting infrared body heat. When a guest has left a room for a specified period, the GEM System takes control from the normal thermostat and resets room temperature to energy conserving levels. The system connects to and reduces consumption on all HVAC systems.
Some of the other vendors on hand with guestroom energy management solutions included: WiSuite, Toronto; INNCOM International, Niantic, Conn.; Energex, Richmond, B.C.; Energy Eye, Rochester, Mich.; and Onity, Norcross, Ga.
Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, featured cleaning products that carry its Green Guarantee. P&G’s Pro Line Daily Cleaners meet or exceed the criteria of EPA’s EPP guidelines and GS-37 standards where applicable. The company’s fabric softener, for example, is formulated without dyes or perfumes.
Dispenser Amenities, London, Ontario, introduced its new amenity dispenser designs. The sleek models provide a green alternative to plastic amenity bottles. Dispenser Amenities offers a test program that enables hotels to let guests decide whether dispensers are the preferred option.
Some of the other companies offering green products at the show included: Orbeco, San Francisco, green cleaning products; USA Technologies, Malvern, Pa., vending energy management systems; Excel Dryer, East Longmeadow, Mass., hand dryers; Nutek International, Edgewater, Fla., ozone laundry systems; Roos International, Deerfield Beach, Fla., environmentally friendly wallcoverings; Briggs Industries, Goose Creek, S.C., water-saving bathroom products; InSinkErator, Racine, Wisc., food waste disposers; Enodis, New Port Richey, Fla., foodservice equipment; United Receptacle, Pottsville, Pa., recycling receptacles; Eljer, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., water-saving toilets; and Colite International, West Columbia, S.C., LED signage.
For a complete list of vendors who exhibited at this year’s show, go to the show site. Next year’s International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show will be held November 11-13 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.