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BLOOMSBURG, PA.—Bloomsburg Carpet, a maker of highly styled and woven broadloom carpet, introduces two new sophisticated patterns through its alliance with Tuva Looms: Metal Edge and Structure. Both products are made with Zeftron nylon, a fully renewable nylon 6 fiber that offers style, performance and recyclability.
NATIONAL REPORT—Hoteliers looking to dramatically decrease the volume of food waste sent to landfill or elsewhere for composting are increasingly turning to food waste decomposition machines. These machines quickly reduce the volume of waste down to either drainable liquid or dry soil amendment. While just a few years ago there were just a handful of vendors selling the machines, today there are more than a dozen. Machines available work similarly but features vary from one supplier to the next. The good news for green lodging establishments is that suppliers are making it very affordable to implement the machines and are creating a service infrastructure to maintain them. Properties ranging from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif. are using food waste decomposition machines. In some cases existing or pending commercial food waste bans are driving hoteliers to seek new food waste disposal solutions. Properties using the machines are benefiting in many ways.
NORTHBROOK, ILL.—One Plus Corp. introduces the Wireless Waste Edge compactor monitor. As with previous models, the Waste Edge System accurately monitors the fullness of an industrial/commercial waste compactor. When the compactor container becomes full, the monitor automatically sends a pickup request to the hauler and/or other designated recipients. Typical reduction in hauls is 30 to 50 percent versus manual call-ins or scheduled pickups.
VANCOUVER, B.C.—Research has confirmed that a growing number of travelers select their hotels based partly on sustainable practices, with green certification being the single most important factor affecting their choice. “One of the major concerns among environmentally conscious guests is the waste of soap, shampoo, conditioner and other amenities in hotel bathrooms,” says Susan Howard Memory, President and Creative Director of JRS Amenities Ltd. and creator of the Mosaic Dispensing Solution (MOSAIC).
CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Totally Green as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. With Totally Green’s ORCA on-site waste digestion equipment, customers are able to dispose of organics at the source, eliminating the need to truck the waste to landfills or remote composting facilities.
LIVONIA, MICH.—American Dryer recently unveiled a new product that incorporates cold plasma, a natural occurring phenomenon, into its hand dryers. The company worked to perfect its new, patent-pending Cold Plasma Clean (CPC) technology for several years.
CROSSVILLE, TENN.—Crossville, Inc. announces the introduction of Reclamation, the brand’s first digitally produced porcelain tile collection. Inspired by the renewal of urban settings and reclaimed materials, the expansive line features a blend of meticulously designed facings and colors to achieve a range of textured, detailed looks.
MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS.—Bradley Corp., a leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing fixtures and washroom accessories, announced nationwide availability for the company’s latest commercial hand-washing innovation—the Advocate AV-Series Lavatory System. This “all-in-one” sink, faucet and dual-sided hand dryer solution delivers the first U.S. made, completely touchless hand-washing experience for a more sustainable, clean and efficient lavatory environment.
SAINT PAUL, MINN.—Planglow USA, a leading provider of branded labels and compostable packaging to the “grab and go” foodservice industry, will be showcasing its products at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) for the very first time (November 9 to 12 in New York City at the Javits Center). The company will feature two branded collections of compostable grab and go packaging, as well as the company’s labeling software—LabelLogic.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission announced six enforcement actions, including one that imposes a $450,000 civil penalty and five that for the first time address biodegradable plastic claims, as part of the agency’s ongoing crackdown on false and misleading environmental claims. The plastic cases include a complaint against a company that markets an additive it claims makes plastic products biodegradable and four complaints and proposed consent orders against companies that marketed various plastics with allegedly false and unsupported claims that their products were biodegradable. In the civil penalty case, the FTC filed a complaint and consent order against a company for violating a 1994 FTC order that prohibited it from making unsupported green claims for its paper plates and bags. All of these cases are part of the FTC’s program to ensure compliance with the agency’s recently revised Green Guides. The Commission publishes the Guides to help businesses market their products accurately, providing guidance as to what constitutes deceptive and non-deceptive environmental claims.
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