Tuesday, March 22, 2011

W Scottsdale leads green initiatives with soap

The next shower you take during a hotel night stay at W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences may ultimately save a life.

W Scottsdale, the first lavish W Hotel in Arizona, has partnered with Orlando, Fla.-based non-profit organization Clean the World to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases. The soaps collected at W Scottsdale will be shipped to Clean the World’s headquarters in Orlando for recycling and distribution around the world.

“Our partnership with Clean the World complements our already outstanding efforts to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship,” says Leon Young, general manager at W Scottsdale. “Soap recycling and the elimination of hotel wastes are essential elements to helping create a cleaner world. We aim to use the resources to help provide better hygiene opportunity for people who may never step foot on our property. It’s the joy of giving back that drives our efforts.”

Clean the World has partnered with nearly 770 hotel properties in North America to provide soaps and bottled amenities to people in need. While doing so, the organization has also fulfilled a valuable environmental mission by diverting an estimated 550 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.

“We’re happy to have W Scottsdale become partners in our global hygiene revolution,” says Shawn Seipler, executive director at Clean the World. “The beauty of this property reflects the goodness of the people who work and stay here. We’re honored to be selected as an integral part of W Scottsdale’s ongoing green initiatives and know that by helping Clean the World the guests who choose W Scottsdale will become part of the solution to ending the spread of preventable diseases.”

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