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From the housekeeping department, where green cleaning is considered and implemented, to engineering, where mechanical systems are maintained and fine-tuned, 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Home Cleaning & Maintenance
From the housekeeping department, where green cleaning is considered and implemented, to engineering, where mechanical systems are maintained and fine-tuned, 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: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Pineapple Hospitality adds Four New Product Partners

SAINT CHARLES, MO.—Pineapple Hospitality, a leading distributor of green hotel products and marketing programs for the hospitality industry, has added four new product partners: AquaHealth, Evolve Guest Controls, The Green Garmento, and Zero Odor. “We’re proud to have AquaHealth, Evolve, The Green Garmento, and Zero Odor join us as Pineapple Partners,” says Ray Burger, president of Pineapple Hospitality. “Whether it’s a sustainable water solution, energy controls, greener option for guestroom laundry service, or a unique way to actually eliminate odors instead of masking them, these companies demonstrate how everyone in the green hospitality market can work together to bring a...

Aquawing Expands Product Line with Release of New Ozone System

AUBURN, N.H.—Aquawing Ozone Injection Systems (AWOIS) LLC, in Auburn, N.H., recently released a new laundry ozone injection system engineered to serve the hospitality market, including hotels, motels and B&Bs, according to Brett Daniels, the company’s vice president. The new ozone system works by infusing a continual flow of ozone, at a consistent concentration, into the wash process to properly clean moderately soiled linens and towels. The system, according to Daniels, produces cleaner linens over traditional washing, while significantly reducing the use of natural gas, water and chemicals, as well as resulting costs. “This system was created to address the laundry...

Green Lodging News Adds DECONGREEN INC. as Directory Partner

CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes DECONGREEN INC. as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. The company’s protocol to eradicate bed bugs is EPA registered, non-toxic, and kills on contact. DECONGREEN also offers a solution for bacteria-caused odors—destroying the bacteria on contact. Mold, smoke damage, viruses and fungi can also be treated with DECONGREEN products.For more information, e-mail greg@decongreeninc.com, call (877) 293-3266, ext. 1, or go to www.decongreeninc.com.

Terminix Launches EcoControl Program for Commercial Clients

MEMPHIS, TENN.—Terminix announced it has officially launched its eco-friendly service for commercial customers, a pest management system designed to nurture a more sustainable environment. Terminix Commercial EcoControl introduces “greener” solutions to protect businesses from pests, thereby allowing these partners to be more environmentally responsible. Company officials note traditional pest control services in the commercial segment have long emphasized treatments using pesticides as the primary method for dealing with infestations, and not the elimination of conducive conditions. In contrast, pest prevention is a much more environmentally sustainable approach than simply reacting to them. Terminix Commercial EcoControl takes its Integrated Pest Management...

ClearWater Tech Now Selling CD12/AD Ozone Generator

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—ClearWater Tech, LLC, a leading manufacturer of ozone systems for water and air purification, announced the addition of the recently designed CD12/AD corona discharge ozone generator to its line of wall-mounted ozone generators. Featuring dual ozone reaction chambers, the CD12/AD is engineered with an efficient built-in air dryer for the highest grams per hour and ozone concentration in a compact, air-cooled, self-contained package. To keep in line with our other popular Mini-Series products, the CD12/AD includes a regulated universal power supply, and user-friendly LED light operational status display. It versatile enough to be used in highly technical...

Orlando Doubletree Introduces PURE Allergy Friendly Rooms

ORLANDO, FLA.—The Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando announced that it has become the first hotel in the city to introduce PURE Allergy Friendly Rooms. The Doubletree location has introduced an entire floor of 24 new PURE rooms which create an allergy-friendly environment and remove up to 98 percent of bacteria and viruses. Travelers who occasionally suffer from allergies and asthma can now enjoy cleaner, fresher air in their rooms and enjoy a more restful sleep during their stay. “The Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando is proud to be the first hotel in Orlando to...

XLERATOR Hand Dryer Awarded Made in USA Seal of Certification

EAST LONGMEADOW, MASS.—Made in USA Certified, Inc., a leader in independent, third party assurance verification for genuine Made in USA products, announced that the XLERATOR line of high-speed, energy-efficient hand dryers have been granted the Made in USA Certified Seal of Certification. The American made XLERATOR is the only hand dryer that is MADE IN USA CERTIFIED, working in compliance with the Buy American provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which ensures that stimulus money continues to support American innovation and manufacturing while restoring and renovating federal facilities into high-performance, green buildings. Unlike conventional hand dryers’ 30 to...

ASHRAE Research Questions Effectiveness of Some Cooling Tower Devices

ATLANTA –New research supported by ASHRAE indicates that non-chemical devices (NCD) marketed to control the growth of biological agents, such as Legionella in cooling towers, may not materially reduce biological growth. Research project No. 1361, Biological Control in Cooling Towers Using Non-Chemical Water Treatment Devices, a two-year project recently completed by Dr. Radisav Vidic at the University of Pittsburgh, evaluated five non-chemical devices using different technologies to control biological activity in a model cooling-tower system. The devices studied included a hydrodynamic cavitation device, pulsed and static electric field devices, an ultrasonic device and a magnetic device. In Dr. Vidic’s...

Water-based Products Reduce Environmental Impact of Cleaning

NATIONAL REPORT—Any discussion about green cleaning today should include the ways that water—plain old H2O—is being used to replace the toxic chemicals that cleaning and maintenance personnel have had to work with for decades. Cold water poured straight from the tap and used in that state is not going to clean much but if heated to a high temperature, ionized or infused with an extra oxygen atom, it can be just as effective or more effective at cleaning than the harshest chemicals. Many vendors now offer cleaning products that rely solely on water for cleaning. Some products are available...

Bag Makers Explore Eco-friendly Alternatives to Traditional Paper, Plastic

NATIONAL REPORT—Whether for disposing of trash or for holding items purchased in a hotel or resort gift shop, bags—unless they are used over and over again—have historically been a detriment to the environment. There are not a lot of things that are created just to be thrown away but most bags fall into this category. Plastic bags account for 10,000 tons of landfill space in the United States. It takes a thousand years for a plastic bag to naturally degrade. Less than 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled each year. Plastic bags are blamed for the annual death...