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Green Products Abundant at Annual Hospitality Design Expo


LAS VEGAS—Hoteliers, designers, architects and others seeking green product and service options had a plethora to choose from at this year’s Hospitality Design Expo + Conference. The May 15 to 17 event was held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Attendance was up 15 percent from last year, according to show organizers, with about 7,000 in attendance and more than 900 exhibitors. There were many first-time green exhibitors, offering items ranging from hotel drinking water systems to energy-efficient LED light bulbs to a bed that transforms into a heat chamber to effectively kill dust mites and bed bugs.

Green Lodging News visited with many of the new and repeat exhibitors at the show. Here is a rundown of just some of the eco-friendly product and services that were featured.

GoodKnight introduced its self-sterilizing bed system that kills bed bugs and dust mites using heat. The bed actually converts into a heat chamber thanks to a cover that encapsulates the bed.

Shaw Hospitality Group introduced Vivid Palette. Vivid Palette is comprised of tufted and Eco Evolution dye-injected print carpet patterns for guestrooms and public spaces. Tufted carpets are customizable by choosing from more than 270 solution-dyed nylon options; Eco Evolution print can be customized with more than 720 colors. Vivid Palette tufted and Eco Evolution print carpets are manufactured with Eco Solution Q Nylon, which is Cradle to Cradle certified by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry.

Kirei featured its new Windfall Reclaimed wood panels.

E&K Vintage Wood also featured reclaimed wood—from sources such as barns, warehouses, churches, etc. Its wood can be used for flooring and custom furniture.

Carpet Recycling Announcement

Interface, a designer and producer of modular carpet tile, announced a strategic partnership with The Carpet Recyclers, a La Mirada, Calif.-based business that, since its establishment two years ago, has diverted more than 150 million pounds of used carpet from West Coast landfills, saved more than 15 million gallons of oil and created more than 100 green jobs.

Fastmac Performance Upgrades, Inc. unveiled its U-Socket AC Receptacle with Built-In USB that can power any device that is capable of being charged via USB. The receptacle auto senses the required wattage and only outputs full power if something is connected to it.

Frontera Furniture displayed its line of rockers made from Brazilian Cherry, a wood that matures in half the time as teak.

Icera USA featured its line of water-efficient toilets that use 1.28 gallons per flush and that feature the company’s Hyperion Flushing System.

Truly Green Solutions introduced its more than 250 commercial grade LED products—from LED T-8s to color-changing LED strip lights.

Innovative Approach to LED Lamps

SWITCH Lighting offered its liquid-cooled LED A-lamps. The full line includes 40, 60, 75, and 100 watt-equivalents, with the latest addition of the first-ever 3-Way LED lamp.

WESSCO International featured its new line of hot and cold plant based beverage cups.

Kanex rolled out Sydnee, a device that can charge up to 4 iPads or iOS devices at the same time. Sydnee powers off once devices are charged.

Let’s Gel, Inc. displayed its Eco-Pro Anti-fatigue mats that include Bio-Foam, a plant-based renewable resource.

Durkan, the hospitality brand of The Mohawk Group, launched a new fiber system, SmartStrand Contract. Made with DuPont Sorona renewably sourced polymer, SmartStrand Contract is specially engineered for hospitality carpeting to offer performance, sustainability and luxury.

A Plastic Water Bottle Eliminator

Nordaq Fresh gave attendees a taste of the water filtered using its new hotel drinking water system. Its system allows hotels to bottle water on-site, eliminating plastic bottle waste. Nordaq Fresh’s unique business model eliminates the upfront costs of water filtration systems.

Versa Wallcovering featured Verona, with a design that includes subtle waves that flow along a ribbed background to create a stylized contemporary vertical effect. An extensive palette of 24 colors covers the spectrum, from whites and warm and cool neutrals to soft mid-tones and brights. The low-VOC wallcovering is made of 20 oz. Type II vinyl on Osnaburg backing and can be custom-ordered as a Second-Look Recycled Wallcovering with 20 percent recycled content.

Brentano highlighted its Brentano Green fabrics that incorporate bamboo, wool, and recycled polyester. Also featured: the company’s eco-friendly faux leather.

Humanscale debuted its Element Disc task light. Utilizing advanced Thin Film LED Technology, Element Disc overcomes the weaknesses of conventional LED task lights by offering 3000K illumination and excellent light distribution in a slender profile.

Cerno was also at HD Expo with LED desk lamps, as well as pendants and floor lamps.

Florida Tile featured its many varieties of floor and wall tiles that are GREENGUARD certified. Almost all Florida Tile products contain recycled content in the product’s body.

More Uses for Reclaimed Wood

With two new offerings, Architectural Systems’ Cask Hardwood Flooring and Ports Hardwood collections transform wine barrels and nautical timbers into uniquely designed hardwood solutions. Original stamps and stains from these recycled materials are preserved to create an aged wood feel.

E&K Vintage Wood offered many samples of its reclaimed wood for flooring and custom milled furniture.

Moving Murals featured its very unique framed “moving” murals that use high-definition video to display nature scenes in motion.

Not exhibiting but in attendance at the show was BluePoint Living, a maker of items such as towels and insulation from recycled cotton.

Next year’s Hospitality Design Expo + Conference will be held May 15 to 17 at Mandalay Bay.

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