The Lowry Hotel in Manchester is among the first in the UK to sign up to a new toiletries recycling scheme.
Clean the World, a global leader in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and sustainability, recycles discarded soap and empty toiletry bottles from hotel rooms and distribute them to those in need, preventing millions of hygiene-related illnesses and deaths every year.
The half-used soaps from The Lowry Hotel will be shipped to a recycling centre in Amsterdam. The surface of recycled soap is sanitised then ground into soap “noodles”, before being pressed and cut into brand new 80g bars. The hygienically cleaned soaps are then distributed to charities across the globe.
As part of the scheme, the hotel will also send its empty bottles to a recycling plant, where they will be recycled and prevented from going to landfill.
The hotel says it has also undertaken sustainability steps such as using sustainability sourced produce in its restaurant and offering an “eco turndown” option for guests, to reduce its carbon footprint.
Adrian Ellis, General Manager of The Lowry Hotel, said: “Sustainability is something that is hugely important to us as a business and we are constantly looking for new ways to do our part in helping the environment. The Clean the World program is a fantastic opportunity for us to reduce our carbon footprint.
“Whilst many of us love the novelty of miniature toiletries when we stay in hotel rooms, they are one of the biggest causes of waste in the industry, with hundreds of soaps and bottles a day being thrown away half-used. The scheme stops these toiletries from ending up in landfill and we’re thrilled to be involved.”
The Lowry Hotel is one of four hotels in Manchester taking part in the scheme and one of the first hotels in the UK to sign up.