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COVID-19, caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, has hammered the lodging industry harder than any event ever before. Every element of a hotel’s operation has been impacted—from cleaning & maintenance to food and beverage. Many hotel companies are responding aggressively with revamped operations plans. What we all can agree on is that hotels may never be the same again. This area of Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and trends. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

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COVID-19, caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, has hammered the lodging industry harder than any event ever before. Every element of a hotel’s operation has been impacted—from cleaning & maintenance to food and beverage. Many hotel companies are responding aggressively with revamped operations plans. What we all can agree on is that hotels may never be the same again. This area of Green Lodging News highlights the latest news and trends. Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

JAWS Refillable Cleaning System Uses Safer Ingredients to Eliminate Grime

TOLEDO, OHIO—The Just Add Water System is an effective eco-friendly household cleaning system designed to reduce single-use plastic bottles, and provide safer, more effective cleaning solutions. JAWS starts with a refillable spray bottle and a childproof cartridge of concentrated cleaning solution. Fill the JAWS bottle with water to the fill line, drop a cartridge into the neck of the bottle, and twist on the sprayer to release the concentrate. The JAWS lineup of cleaning solutions includes six EPA Safer Choice Certified formulas including JAWS Glass Cleaner, Daily Shower, Kitchen Cleaner, Floor Cleaner, Granite Cleaner, and Foaming Bathroom Cleaner. JAWS also offers a Multi-Purpose Cleaner and a one-stop...

Sunland RV Resorts Partners with Molekule to Provide Purified Air

SAN DIEGO, CALIF.—Sunland RV Resorts, a leader in outdoor hospitality, has teamed up with Molekule to bring an added layer of protection against exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the Covid-19 virus, to guests at its nine premier RV resorts in California and Florida. “RV vacations are already recognized as the safest form of travel during the pandemic. As we’re confronted with new variants in this prolonged pandemic, we realize cleaner indoor air is our final line of defense. Sunland is utilizing Molekule’s groundbreaking and proprietary PECO air purification technology, that captures and destroys viruses at a molecular level, to better protect guests...

PathoSans Launches PathoSans Direct Retail Platform

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, ILL.—PathoSans Technologies announced the launch of PathoSans Direct, its retail platform for consumers and businesses to purchase electrochemically-activated (ECA) cleaning and disinfecting solutions and application equipment. PathoSans offers two ECA products made from salt, water and electricity: PathoPure is a multi-purpose cleaner/degreaser and PathoNex is a hospital-grade broad-spectrum disinfectant, virucide and food contact surface sanitizer. “Heightened concerns around cleanliness have led to more frequent and thorough cleaning, often with caustic ingredients that can increase risks to people and the environment,” said Jim McCann, Marketing Leader of PathoSans Technologies. “ECA solutions are just as effective as conventional chemicals and provide a greater level of...

Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Partners with WellAir to Improve IAQ

STAMFORD, CONN.—WellAir, a leading provider of indoor air disinfection and purification solutions, announced that its Plasma Air HVAC air purification products have been selected by the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel in Athens, Greece to help reduce exposure to airborne pathogens and pollutants throughout the hotel. This partnership expands WellAir’s portfolio of partnerships with a variety of hotels across the world. The Plasma Air ionization solutions are designed to neutralize and reduce airborne pathogens, including viruses and bacteria. The hotel is deploying solutions in all common areas, such as lobbies and restaurants. Guestrooms and suites also benefit from the improved...

GreenTech Environmental Introduces New Air Purifier

JOHNSON CITY, TENN.—GreenTech Environmental is introducing a new technology in the air purification industry: pureAir Active HEPA+ with ODOGard, the only air purifiers on the market that feature proprietary ODOGard technology in combination with True HEPA and advanced active air purification technologies. The new purifiers eliminate 99.98 percent of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, and are proven effective against VOCs, odors, pollen, dust, pet dander and other pollutants. The pureAir Active HEPA+ with ODOGard utilizes both active and passive air purification, continuously cleaning and removing airborne pollutants while reducing indoor odors. The science-backed bipolar ionization and photocatalytic oxidation processes...

Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Partners with WellAir to Improve IAQ

STAMFORD, CONN.—WellAir, a leading provider of indoor air disinfection and purification solutions, announced that its Plasma Air HVAC air purification products have been selected by the Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel in Athens, Greece to help reduce exposure to airborne pathogens and pollutants throughout the hotel. This partnership expands WellAir’s portfolio of partnerships with a variety of hotels across the world. The Plasma Air ionization solutions are designed to neutralize and reduce airborne pathogens, including viruses and bacteria. The hotel is deploying solutions in all common areas, such as lobbies and restaurants. Guestrooms and suites also benefit from the improved...

More than 340 Facilities Commit to GBAC STAR Facility Reaccreditation

ROSEMONT, ILL.—From airports to convention centers to hotels to arenas, nearly 350 facilities around the world have completed the annual reaccreditation process for GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation. The accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, gives employees and visitors of these environments reassurance that the facility has the proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious diseases. “Third-party validation of our cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention procedures gives our cleaning professionals, event hosts, and attendees confidence that the arena is taking the necessary steps to ensure safe and fun gatherings,”...

G95 Launches Biodegradable, Plant-Based Mask, Used Mask Return System

NEWNAN, GA.—G95 Inc. announced the most recent addition to its G95 Gear Collection: The Oceanshield mask, available for both adults and children, combines the signature G95 style with lightweight biodegradable, plant-based materials designed for everyday use and comfort and has excellent breathability. Six years ago, long before the current pandemic, G95 started developing the world’s first sustainable and biodegradable single-use filtration product. This past year, after witnessing the environmental impact of COVID-19 pandemic-related single-use petrochemical-based masks entering the marine environment, constituting an additional 4,680 to 6,240 metric tons of plastic pollution, the company decided to create a biodegradable, plant-based alternative. G95 also developed a unique...

Amerlux’s UV-Free Antimicrobial Lighting Wins Innovation Award

OAKLAND, N.J.—Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced that its new UV-free antimicrobial LED lighting solution has been named one of the most innovative solutions in the industry by Architectural SSL magazine. The Product Innovation Awards recognizes innovative LED and solid-state luminaires and fixtures on the market. A distinguished panel of 13 designers and lighting specialists skilled in product evaluation judged and evaluated all products and systems. Manufacturers received awards for products with attributes, qualities, functionality and performance beyond industry standards—all attributes shared by ActiveCLEAN. “We are grateful to Architectural SSL magazine for honoring our innovative, 405-nanometer lighting solution, which kills bacteria and viruses including COVID-19,” said Bill Plageman, Amerlux’s VP...

UMF Gives Aguilar National Guest Room Attendant Excellence Award

SKOKIE, ILL.—UMF Corp. announced that Lenir Aguilar, guest room attendant at the Hilton Daytona Beach, has earned the company’s second annual Guest Room Attendant (GRA) Excellence Award. UMF established the GRA Excellence Award in 2020 to acknowledge the crucial role GRAs play in ensuring hotel guest safety, satisfaction, and loyalty in the COVID-19 era. “Hilton Daytona Beach’s housekeeping staff are a key part of our commitment to deliver the reliable and friendly service our guests expect with the added confidence of industry-leading hygiene practices created to keep guests and staff safe,” said Omayra Muniz, Hilton Daytona Beach’s Director of Housekeeping....