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Our Product & Service Directory—Now With 44 Categories, More Than 100 Listings

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At this past April’s Green Meeting Industry Council Sustainable Meetings Conference in Chicago, Green Lodging News was an exhibitor. While manning our exhibit table at that event, I had someone come up to me to tell me that he often uses our online Green Product & Service Directory to shop for the property he has in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Of course I was happy to hear that. The person told me he had recently purchased laundry equipment through one of our listing companies.

I did some checking this past week and about 1,000 of you visit our Green Product & Service Directory each month. To those of you who already do visit the Directory, thank you. Those of you who have yet to visit the Directory, please do so. There are now more than 100 listings in 44 different categories. New companies are added almost every week. The Directory is a great place to shop for everything from ad agencies to window film. Each company represented in the Directory has a unique green story to tell and implementation of products and services found in the Directory can easily improve the profitability of your business while reducing your environmental impact.

Which Directory category has the most listings? The Amenities/Dispensers/Toiletries category is the easy winner with 15, followed by Cleaning & Maintenance with eight and Energy Management/Guestroom with seven. Several new categories will be added in the coming weeks—one of them being “Hand Dryers.” You can easily access the Directory using the large link on the left side of our website, a link at the top of the website, and links in our weekly e-newsletter. Google users can also access the Directory by searching on “green hotel products.”

Each Directory listing includes a description, product or logo image, link to the company’s website and e-mail link. When you contact suppliers in the Directory, be sure to inform them you found them in Green Lodging News. And, if you represent a supplier not currently listed in our Directory, contact me to learn how you can participate. The cost is minimal—just $250/year. I can be reached at (216) 844-1406, or by e-mail at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Green Lodging News Welcomes Vermont Soap as Directory Partner

Green Lodging News welcomes Vermont Soap as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Vermont Soap offers 100 percent natural bathing and cleaning products. The products are certified to USDA organic food standards. Zero VOC (guaranteed unscented) options are available for asthmatics. Vermont Soap manufactures handmade organic bar soaps (unscented or natural aromatherapy blends), liquid soaps, foam soaps, organic soap based shower gels, spray cleaners and cleaner concentrates, aromatherapy air fresheners, herbal moisturizers and organic oral care products. Vermont Soap has been in business for more than 20 years. Call (866) 762-7482, e-mail info@vermontsoap.com, or go to www.vermontsoap.com for more information.

Who is Your Sustainability Champion?

Green Lodging News is always looking to profile sustainability champions in our Personnel Profile section. If you would like to nominate someone for this section of Green Lodging News, contact me at (216) 848-1406, or by e-mail at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Looking for Guest Columnists

Every two weeks Green Lodging News posts a new guest column on its website. (Click here for examples.) The guest column also appears in the weekly e-newsletter. Green Lodging News is currently in need of industry experts to contribute occasional guest columns. Experts may include consultants, architects, designers, suppliers and those who own or operate green lodging establishments. Columns may be articles that take a stance on a particular subject or be strictly educational in nature. Columnists benefit by having their photo included along with a one paragraph description of their company. Interested in writing a column? Contact Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor, at (216) 848-1406, or by e-mail at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Planning Advertising for 2013/2014?

Green Lodging News is accepting reservations for advertising spots for 2013 and 2014. Many excellent spots are available on the website and in the weekly e-mail newsletter. Many Green Supplier Spotlight dates are also available. Interested in receiving a 2013 or 2014 media kit? Be sure to contact me as soon as possible at (216) 848-1406, or by e-mail at editor@greenlodgingnews.com. Media kits can also be accessed by clicking here. Thank you to all of those companies that consistently support Green Lodging News.

Social Networking Sites

Green Lodging News now has 1,381 Twitter followers. Thank you to all of those who follow our tweets. In addition to following us on Twitter, be sure to bookmark the Green Lodging News Blog in your browser. More importantly, participate with your comments. Green Lodging News is also on Facebook. Be sure to “Like” us there. Green Lodging News now has 466 Facebook followers.

As always, I can be reached at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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