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Zeftron Nylon Adds New Brilliant Collection


DALTON, GA.—Zeftron nylon, a fully renewable premium nylon 6 fiber, is now available in the new Brilliant Collection, an accumulation of seven highly vibrant colors. The Brilliant Collection is a result of a collaborative feedback and input process between Zeftron and the in-house design teams of its mill partners. Zeftron also received input from hundreds of designers across the country through its 2013 Color Survey. Designers were asked to vote on the top five colors most important to them.

Green Lodging News Adds Carnegie Fabrics as Directory Partner


TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Carnegie Fabrics as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Carnegie is a leading manufacturer and innovator of textiles in North America. Since 1950, the family-owned company has established a tradition of firsts, including the development of its own Xorel fabrics, which provide a durable alternative to PVC materials, and Biobased Xorel, the first plant based high performance textile in the world.

Starwood to Expand Florida Element Portfolio


STAMFORD, CONN.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that its Element brand plans to open a third hotel in Florida, less than a mile from Universal Studios Orlando. Element Orlando is slated to debut in July 2016, following next year’s opening of both Element Orlando North and Element Miami Doral. Owned by Barakat Orlando Resort, LLC, developed by GCD Associates, and managed by New Jersey based Paramount Hotel Group, Element Orlando will offer 151 sustainable rooms and a light-filled atmosphere.

Lumber Liquidators Launches New Sustainability Website


TOANO, VA.—Lumber Liquidators, the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, has launched a new section of its website, detailing the company’s longstanding commitment to protect the environment. The original content is rooted in the company’s “Lay It Forward” business strategy, which centers on the long-term benefits of quality hardwood flooring, protecting the environment and supporting the communities it serves.

California Faucets Introduces BEL Multifunction Showerhead


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.—California Faucets introduces BËL, a multifunction showerhead inspired by classic architectural forms and traditional elegance. The new showerhead design is the latest addition to the StyleFlow family of multifunction showerheads and handhelds that feature Swiss Shower Technology.

Mills Park Hotel Begins Construction with Superior Walls


NEW HOLLAND, PA.—Construction started recently of the new Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs, Ohio with the installation of precast concrete wall panels from Superior Walls of East Tennessee. Designed by Axis Architecture, the 28-room hotel will rely on a Superior Walls Xi foundation system for the 32,000-square-foot structure, plus a four-story precast concrete elevator shaft.

Humphrey Named Director of Hospitality for Grohe America


NEW YORK—GROHE America, a division of GROHE AG, the leading provider of sanitary fittings, has appointed Jennifer Humphrey as Director of Hospitality. In this position, Humphrey will be responsible for developing the GROHE relationship with the top global hospitality brands headquartered in the United States.

Native Trails Lauded for Bamboo Bath Vanities


SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.—Two bamboo bath vanities created by Native Trails, the eco-chic California company known for its artisan-made kitchen and bath products, were recently recognized with a 2014 GREEN GOOD Design Award, which honors the best in modern green design. Both award recipients—the Amelie Vanity and the Halcyon Vanity—are part of Native Trails’ Renewal Series, a contemporary collection of bamboo bath vanities and mirrors.

J+J Flooring Group Releases Counterbalance


DALTON, GA.—J+J Flooring Group is launching the Counterbalance Collection, its second offering of award-winning Kinetex textile composite flooring. Kinetex textile composite flooring, introduced last year, is an effective and efficient alternative to hard surface flooring. Constructed of knitted polyester fabric and cushioned polyester felt backing, it provides the durability of hard surface flooring, the comfort and warmth of soft surface flooring and better acoustics and safety than either.

Interface Commits to Expand Net-Works


NEW YORK—Atlanta-based Interface, Inc., the world’s largest modular carpet manufacturer, announced at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, its commitment to expanding Net-Works in partnership with Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Net-Works is an innovative, cross-sector collaboration designed to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities, while at the same time supporting one of the company’s ambitious Mission Zero goals to source 100 percent recycled nylon.

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