Recycled Hygiene Products Will Save Lives Around the World
ORLANDO, Fla. — (March 22, 2018) – Discarded soap and bottled amenities left behind by guests at the Witness Group properties now have a second life thanks to a recycling program from Clean the World, a leader in Global Health, that helps fight the spread of preventable diseases. The Witness Group (TWG), recently launched the recycling program at its 28 properties, including 2,581 rooms.
Used soap and plastic amenity bottles from all TWG properties are shipped to a Clean the World Recycling Operations Center, where they are sanitized and repurposed. Clean the World’s simple mission is to recycle hotel soap and save lives. The organization has partnered with more than 5,000 hotels and resorts to put life-saving hygiene products in the hands of those who need them most.
Vijay Phatak, SVP of Operations at TWG says “The foundation of our hospitality industry depends on teamwork and helping each other to achieve common goal for the hotel. When we realized that we could take that teamwork to help a far greater goal to improve global health, it was an easy decision to partner with Clean the World who is known for recycling discarded soap and bottled amenities to convert in life-saving hygiene products for those in need. Every Witness Group associate does their part of the process with extreme pride and enthusiasm knowing that their simple action could help save lives around the world.”
About 2 million children under the age of 5 die every year due to hygiene-related illnesses. Hand washing with soap is a low-cost intervention that can reduce those deaths by almost 50 percent. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 44 million bars of soap in 127 countries.
“Sustainability is a major focus for hotels,” said Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World. “We estimate the North American lodging industry throws away more than a million bars of soap each day. By recycling soap and bottled amenities, TWG will divert an estimated 8,876 pounds from landfills. This equates to roughly 50,000 life-saving hygiene products each year that will go directly into the hands of children and their families in need.”
For more information about the Clean the World Hotel Recycling program, please visit: https://cleantheworld.org/get-involved/hotel-recycling-program/