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Cooking, cooling, washing and drying all consume large amounts of energy and water. By simply using Energy Star-qualified equipment, a hotel operator can sharply reduce resource consumption. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Kitchen & Laundry

Home Kitchen & Laundry
Cooking, cooling, washing and drying all consume large amounts of energy and water. By simply using Energy Star-qualified equipment, a hotel operator can sharply reduce resource consumption. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

NAFEM: a Perfect Place to Shop for Cutting Edge Kitchen Technology

I will be attending The NAFEM Show in Orlando this coming week (February 7 to 9). It is being held at the LEED Gold Orange County Convention Center. For those of you not familiar with the event, it is the show of the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers and is held every two years. This will be my third NAFEM Show. I highly recommend the event for anyone looking to reduce the environmental impact of their food and beverage operation(s). With the right equipment, you can save thousands each year in energy, water and waste costs. Be...

Is Your Laundry Releasing Microfibers into the Environment?

Microplastics, commonly found in our oceans, are less than 5 millimeters in length and are a hazard to marine life. Microplastics (and microbeads) have gotten a lot of publicity in recent years but did you know that microsynthetic fibers can be hazardous as well? Microsynthetic fibers are small plastic particles within the category of microplastics that are fibrous in shape. If your laundry is used to wash anything made from synthetic fibers like polyester, you are releasing microfibers down the drain—fibers that can make their way past treatment plants and into the water that animal and sea life consume. If...

ITW Food Equipment Group to Debut New Products at NAFEM

TROY, OHIO—Advanced commercial dishwashers, cooking equipment, food prep equipment and refrigeration equipment from the ITW Food Equipment Group family of premium brands are making their debut at one of the industry’s most important biannual events; The NAFEM Show 2019. ITW Food Equipment Group and its brands Hobart, Baxter, Traulsen, Vulcan, Wolf, Berkel, Stero, Somat and Gaylord, are bringing new and industry-leading products to The NAFEM Show, running February 7 to 9 in Orlando, Fla. More than 100 energy-, labor- and cost-saving products will be on display at ITW booths (#3435, #3651, #3644, and #3646), as will Hobart Service, the only...

Their Mission: to Recover Laundry ‘Waste’ Heat Before it Drains

NATIONAL REPORT—Using different technologies, two innovative suppliers are making sure that the energy housed in laundry machines is not just sent down the drain after each wash load. Hotel owners investing in such systems are saving money, water, energy and helping to reduce their environmental impact at the same time. The two companies are AquaRecycle and SHARC International Systems. While AquaRecycle has been helping hoteliers for many years, SHARC International Systems is just beginning to establish a presence in the lodging industry. AquaRecycle specializes in recycling laundry waste water. AquaRecycle has more than 400 systems installed worldwide and has recycled...

Eco-Products Offering Cup Lids for Sipping Without a Straw

BOULDER, COLO.—With the growth in consumer demand for packaging choices that are both sustainable and innovative, Eco-Products is now offering compostable lids that allow sipping without a straw. The compostable lids, made from a plant-based plastic, make it easy to sip from a cup without spilling. Eco-Products already is supplying arenas in the United States and Canada with the lids to help fans not spill their beverages as they cheer on their teams. “We tried out the lids first with Canadian hockey fans,” said Sarah Martinez, Director of Marketing for Eco-Products. “They loved not spilling their beers, so we knew we...

Nor-Lake to Showcase New Product at NAFEM Show

ORLANDO, FLA.—Nor-Lake, manufacturer and supplier of a full line of commercial refrigeration equipment, will be displaying a wide array of products in a redesigned booth with interactive video presentation at the NAFEM Show in Orlando, Fla., February 7 to 9, 2019, in booth #3027. One of the many highlights of the booth will be Nor-Lake’s new glass door merchandisers. Refrigerator and freezer model selections include both swing and slide door refrigerators and swing door freezers. Standard features include: LED backlit top panel, providing full illumination of product; Four adjustable shelves per door, providing maximum merchandising flexibility; R290 refrigerant, providing optimum...

What’s Hot in Zero-waste Cooking? Cabbage Butts, Broccoli Stems & Broken Scallops

CHICAGO—Day after day, Washington, D.C’s Teaism would trash pounds of broccoli stems, trimmings from florets served in the fast-casual’s bento boxes. Eyeing the waste, co-owner Michelle Brown would demur to Chef Alison Swope: “It’s a shame we can’t do anything with all those stems.” Challenge accepted. Swope’s “Broccoli Tots” combine ground broccoli stems with goat cheese and seasonings, balled together and then breaded with panko and fried. A favorite at the three Teaism locations, the dish is featured in the “Trash or Treasure” section of the restaurant’s menu, which highlights items made from ingredients that would otherwise be wasted. This...

Master-Bilt to Showcase Wide Array of Products at NAFEM

ORLANDO, FLA.—Master-Bilt, manufacturer and supplier of a full line of commercial refrigeration equipment, will be displaying a wide array of products in a redesigned booth with interactive video presentation at the NAFEM Show in Orlando, February 7 to 9, 2019, in booth #2823. Master-Bilt’s newly designed booth will highlight many items including its redesigned ice cream dipping/display merchandisers. Features include: Full glass top and LED lighting, maximizing product visibility; R290 refrigerant and redesigned refrigeration systems, providing optimum efficiency; Lower back rail, providing improved operator ergonomics for easier dipping; Radiused rear edge of cabinet, also providing improved operator comfort; and Available...

Laundrylux Announces Acquisition

INWOOD, N.Y.—Laundrylux announces acquisition of the assets of Golden State Laundry Systems, California. “We are thrilled to partner with Mike & Laura Hurrell and the Golden State team in San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area to serve the California market and accelerate growth,” says John Sabino, Laundrylux’s CEO. “We have had a long, successful relationship with Laundrylux, and to participate financially in Laundrylux’s acquisitions and consolidation of professional laundry distribution is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Mike Hurrell says. Neal Milch, Executive Chairman of Laundrylux, notes, “We have numerous acquisitions in development and every transaction includes management continuing to...

Sandals Resorts International Eliminates All Styrofoam Across Caribbean Resorts

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA—As of February 1, 2019, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) will eliminate all Styrofoam from 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across seven major Caribbean islands—from Jamaica and the Bahamas to Grenada and Turks & Caicos—in a continued effort to protect the environment. “As we enter the New Year, it’s incredibly important to our Sandals family that environmental sustainability remains a key priority,” said Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. “After eliminating plastic straws, stirrers, laundry bags and gift shop bags last year, we’re choosing to eliminate Styrofoam from our resorts. We’re proud that many of the islands...