Clean the World

Whilst writing the latest article 72 hours in LA I contacted the Orlando Lifestyle Hotel not only to credit them on a wonderful stay but to also give them feedback on how my stay could have been a little less impactful on the environment.

The usual card was left on the bed kindly asking to help reduce the consumption of water used to clean towels and bed linen. I was a bit put out however, that despite hanging up my towels on my 2nd day, they were still replaced with fresh ones and my half used toiletries were disposed of and replaced with new ones. I put the DND sign up the next day to be sure to avoid this and most importantly, I emailed them my feedback which they graciously responded to and made note of.

Whilst the hotel apologised for the extra towel change, they assured me my half used toiletries did not go to waste but were in fact recycled in order to be reused again! I could have never imagined such a process existed but they (along with many other hotels) were involved with an organisation called Clean the World.

Clean the World collects, recycles and distributes discarded soap and plastic amenity bottles from participating hotels and distributes them for humanitarian purposes with partnering non-profit organisations. Naturally, my first thought was is this hygienic and what cleansing processes are involved in order to give used soap a second life? I came to learn the soap has been tested by SGS certified testing facility. “SGS purposely infects soap, which is then run through the standard Clean the World recycling process. As a result of the cleansing process, the soap has been given a 100% clean bill of health. All pathogens, including listeria monocytogenes, escherichia coli, pseudomonas aerogenes, salmonella typhymurium and staphylococcus aureus are successfully removed from the soap by this process.”

Just amazing and great initiative! The service is available for USA, Canada, UK, European Union countries, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Taiwan. If you are in the hospitality industry or even planning future hotel stays why not check out the Clean the World service and see if you can get involved?

Here is a quick clip of how it works.

Hotel recycling program


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