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“Turning trash into treasure”

Kempinski Palace Portorož joins the Clean the World initiative to Enhance Recycling Activities

Since the end of 2019, the Kempinski luxury hotel group has been working with the international recycling programme, which recycles hotel amenities and donates soap to organisations around the world while protecting the environment from harmful waste. Kempinski Palace Portorož joined this initiative and proudly presents the first results.

Continuously striving to reinforce its commitment to improve environmental impacts and support social initiatives is a key objective of Kempinski Hotels. To further expand the partnership with Clean the World, a leader in global health dedicated to sustainability around water, sanitation and hygiene, a number of Kempinski hotels have joined the programme, among which is also Kempinski Palace Portorož.

Clean the World’s hospitality programme takes discarded soap bars and bottled amenities and recycles them in order to protect the environment, preserve natural resources, help communities in need and reduce costs. The seamless process starts with a housekeeping service collecting the used soap and amenities and sorting them into Clean the World-provided bins. Once full, the bins are shipped to one of Clean the World’s warehouses, where the soap is then run through a special filtration process, whereby all debris is removed and filtered. This is then mixed with a lab-tested sanitation solution and pressed into new soap bars. The bars are cut, packed and shipped to one of the many distribution partners around the world, including the UN Refugee Agency, Children International, Global Medic, World Vision and the Red Cross, to name a few. From there, the bars are then put directly into the hands of those who are vulnerable and so desperately need them.

Even though the hotel was closed for a large portion of the previous year, the collected amenities still had a big impact on those in need, with 236 kg of plastic collected, 282 kg of waste collected and 46 kg of soap collected, with a carbon footprint reduction of 62 kg CO2e.

All soap continues to be collected rather than disposed of in the hotel, and we are getting ready for the next shipment, which will, again, help those in need and help with environment protection.

Kempinski Palace Portorož