Green Key Global and Clean The World Canada have partnered to promote soap recycling to hotels in Canada and beyond.
Green Key Global is a leading environmental certification body that offers industry standard programs and resources designed specifically for the lodging and meetings industries.
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, the USA, Hong Kong and Macau, China. The recycled products are placed in hygiene kits, which are donated to homeless shelters, senior citizens and struggling families in Canada and the United States. Soap is also 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 Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO, Clean the World. “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 center in Montreal. Seipler says that facility makes it possible for soap collected from Canadian hotels to stay in the country.
Nearly 850,000 Canadians—36.4 per cent of whom are children and youth—are assisted by food banks each month. Through a partnership with Moisson Montreal, one of Canada’s major food banks, Canadian families will benefit from the discarded hotel items processed Clean the World’s Montreal facility.
In addition to promoting global hygiene through the recycling and distribution of hygiene supplies, Clean the World has diverted more than 3,800 tons of soap, shampoo and other amenities from traditional disposal methods since 2009.
“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.”