Green Key Global and Clean the World announce partnership to promote soap recycling in hotels

New collaboration introduces members of the hospitality industry to a sustainable option for discarded hygiene products

Green Key Global and Clean The World Canada, two leaders in corporate social responsibility (CSR), today announced a partnership that will promote soap recycling to hotels in Canada and beyond. The partnership will encourage Green Key Global members to collect and recycle hotel soap and bottled amenities that will help fight the spread of preventable diseases.

Green Key Global is a leading environmental certification body whose suite of industry standard programs and resources has been designed specifically for the lodging and meetings industries. Their affordable programs help members leverage organizational CSR activities to support sustainable initiatives, and improve overall fiscal performance and community relations.

Clean the World is a social enterprise that collects and recycles discarded soap and bottled amenities (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, gels) from hotel partners in Canada, USA, Hong Kong and Macau, China. The recycled soap is placed in hygiene kits, which are donated to homeless shelters, senior citizens, and struggling families in Canada and the United States. Soap also is distributed around the world in areas where there is a high risk of hygiene-related illness.

“Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed nearly 700,000 hygiene kits to homeless shelters, senior citizens groups, and struggling families in North America,” says Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler. “The exciting partnership with Green Key provides an opportunity to help even more people by introducing hotels to our soap and bottled amenity recycling program.”

Clean the World recently opened an office and recycling centre in Montreal. Seipler says that facility makes it possible for soap collected from Canadian hotels to stay in the country. Each month, close to 850,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks, and 36.4 per cent of those helped are children and youth. Through a partnership with Moisson Montreal, one of Canada major food bank, Canadians finally will benefit from the discarded hotel items processed in Clean the World’s Montreal facility.

“Green Key Global is thrilled to be partnering with Clean the World in the promotion of soap recycling to hoteliers,” said Tony Pollard, Green Key Global Managing Director. “This partnership once again demonstrates Green Key’s commitment to providing hoteliers with sustainable and socially responsible choices.”

In addition to promoting global hygiene through the recycling and distribution of hygiene supplies, Clean the World fulfills an environmental mission by collecting hotel waste that would otherwise go into landfills. More than 3,800 tons of soap, shampoo and other amenities have been diverted from traditional disposal methods since 2009.

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