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Evidence of Sustainability Commitment Abundant Among Suppliers at HX, BDNY


NEW YORK—HX: The Hotel Experience and Boutique Design New York (BDNY), two adjoining trade shows held at the Javits Center November 13 to 14, wrapped up this week with numerous first-time suppliers introducing green products and services. In addition, veterans of the two shows were back to tout the green upsides to their products and services to the thousands of attendees. It would be impossible to list all the suppliers deserving of publicity, but the following are many of them, along with a brief description of what they featured at the shows.

Sapphire Beverages introduced its water in easy-to-recycle aluminum containers. The water, branded BluWave and Brita, is available in 12-, 16-, 18- and 25-ounce containers.

Greenington was at the show with its fine bamboo furniture. There are many environmental benefits to bamboo and Greenington furniture is manufactured using only mature Moso bamboo, ensuring maximum strength and durability.

CleanBrands featured its CleanRest PRO mattress encasements that extend the life of the mattress with its waterproof surface. The encasements are also 100 percent bed bug proof, block mold spores, allergens, and pet dander, and are commercial laundering approved.

Green Wall Suppliers

Naturalist displayed its turnkey maintenance free green wall installations with sound absorbing properties. The walls do not require soil, sunlight, or water.

Pandemic Design Studio

Pandemic Design Studio introduced The Node Collection, the only modular ceramic wall mounted planter system available that infuses a sculptural element into the green wall concept. Each ceramic piece is hung like a picture, on a single screw. The ceramic plant holders come in five standard colors and five modular sizes.

UpScapers featured its faux green walls. The company also offers living walls, green roofs, planters, and more.

The Fohlio team explained its cloud-based powerful and intuitive FF&E specification, procurement, and product information management tool for multi-site projects. Fohlio allows one to build a custom catalog filled with trusted green suppliers, and much more.

Fujitsu General America, Inc. featured its split terminal heat pump series—a replacement for PTAC systems. The company says its systems offer a 58 percent reduction in electricity costs when compared with PTACs.

Liora Manné debuted her company’s REvolution Collection that uses recycled polyester fibers to make rugs, fabrics, pillows, decorative art and more. Nano Silver particles make the products anti-microbial.

TreeCraft Furniture displayed samples of its hardwood furniture made by local craftsmen in Millersburg, Ohio—the heart of Ohio’s Amish country. TreeCraft furniture is family owned and run by two cousins, Ryan and Merlin.

BlueVue offered its solution for overflow gasket leaks. Designed so that installation is easy, cheap, and accessible to anyone, the products prevent thousands of dollars of potential repairs, and waste, because of flooding and/or water damage.

Textiles from Marine Plastic

Valley Forge Fabrics unveiled its new SEAQUAL MARINE PLASTIC collection as part of the company’s continued commitment to sustainability. The eco-friendly textiles weave sustainability, performance features, and comfort into one collection. The nine marine-inspired patterns come in an array of colors and textures.

B.lux, manufacturer of designer lights, added to its catalogue a vast collection of LED lights created by Werner Aisslinger, who is a regular designer of the Basque company. This new collection is called Bowee and is available in several models as suspension, wall, or floor lamps.

Nani Marquina introduced its Re-Rug collection made, in part, from wool leftovers accumulated by its suppliers. The collection is composed of 50 percent virgin wool and 50 percent reused wool.

G.A. Braun, Inc. was at the show with its PrimeDry 125-to-200-pound capacity dryer that includes automatic temperature-based moisture sensing control to prevent restarts and over-drying.


JACLO displayed its touchless, sensor faucet in a wide range of colors to add pop to any public restroom area—water savings, too.

An Amenity in a Tablet

Allegrini North America introduced its DPlanet, plastic-free, solid cosmetics line. A shampoo amenity, for example, is available in tablet form. Guests simply crush the tablet, add water, and shampoo their hair. Each tablet is wrapped in recycled and recyclable paper.

Half Here Half There LLC offered its selection of coffees, recyclable K-Cups, compostable Nespresso compatible capsules, and other products. The company’s mission: “what we use should be reused, re-purposed, or returned to the Earth.” E-mail marilyn@hhhtcoffee.com.

Hawaiian Paradise Coffee was also at the show with its various coffees, K-Cup flavors, Nespresso compatible capsules, and more. The company’s rooftop solar installation provides all the power for its roasting facility.

GO Mouthwash was at the show with its single-serve mouthwash, body lotion, shampoo/conditioner and body wash. Its partnership with TerraCycle supports TerraCycle’s upcycling efforts, turning the single-use sachets into bags, office supplies, décor, and more.

Leaf Group Ltd. displayed samples of artwork from its an online marketplace of unique wall art featuring designs by independent artists. Available is artwork from over 300,000 creators and every purchase pays an artist.

International Art Properties featured its large collection of planters, trash/recycle containers, and modern side tables.

Innovative Energy Controlling

Axxess Industries was back with its Smart Hotel products ranging from lighting controls to motion sensors to touch thermostats and linear LED lights.

Nine Stars Group (USA) Inc. offered its selection of zero contact, motion sensor trash containers. Included was the dual compartment container to separate trash from recyclables.

The Humble Co. presented its collection of bamboo toothbrushes, bamboo floss picks, mouthwash, toothpaste and more.

Zenna Hospitality featured its amenity trays, ice buckets, recycle bins, shower curtains and many other products. According to the company, it seeks out initiatives that ensure its products are sustainably made using environmentally friendly materials and practices whenever possible.

The Turkish Towel Co. was on hand with its Kind Earth towels that are ultra-lightweight, soft to the touch. and use less water and energy to wash and dry. They are made of 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton and are Oeko-Tex certified.

Vaask displayed its sleek line of touchless hand sanitizing fixtures. The fixtures were engineered by the team behind Big Ass Fans. No batteries are required.

Lamitech introduced its high-pressure laminates for many uses—flooring and tabletops, for example. Lamitech has an extensive sustainability program and is working toward a zero-carbon footprint.


Disinfection Technology

Disinfection is the specialty of iCleanse and it was at the show with its phone and tablets disinfection products. The products utilize UV-C light.

Ultra-Tech Lighting LLC featured its STRL-PU-250WUV UV sanitizer/deodorizer that can generate safe Germicidal Ozone which is an additional sanitizer and deodorizer. For housekeeping, the unit can disinfect a 20 foot by 20 foot space against COVID, colds, and flue in less than 5 minutes.

Ozone Solutions featured its solutions for the hospitality industry. According to the company, its systems, when used in a hotel (guestroom, for example), can nearly eliminate chemical costs—saving time, money, and making conditions safer for workers and guests alike.

Welspun is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its patented HYGROCOTTON technology. The HYGROCOTTON yarns are super-absorbent, fast drying and get softer with each wash. The company was at the show with its sheets, comforters, towels and more. Welspun’s manufacturing water needs are met using harvested rain and recycled water.

Bicycles with a Carbon-Drive Belt

Priority Bicycles, recently featured on Green Lodging News, offered its line of bicycles for lending/renting. Instead of a greasy chain, Priority bikes have a carbon-drive belt.

Local to New York, FROM THE SOURCE was at the show with its line of sustainably sourced hardwood furniture and accessories.

TuffSkin Surface Protection LLC introduced its chemical free marble sealer that extends the life of countertops and other marble surfaces.

Verdant, an Emerson Electric Co., featured its energy-saving thermostats and other systems that reduce energy consumption without compromising guest comfort. In late October, Emerson announced a deal in which it would sell a majority stake in its Climate Technologies business to private equity funds managed by Blackstone, boosting the business potential for Verdant.

Happy-Lab offered its line of teas and infusions. The company is sustainable throughout with zero CO2 emissions since September 2020.

Berner Air Curtains displayed its energy-saving line of air curtains that increase guest and worker comfort by containing heated or conditioned air.

Glenn Hasek can be reached at greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.