As part of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ group-wide efforts to reduce waste, Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang collaborates with suppliers on a regular basis to reduce waste and donate surplus supplies to local communities.
Recently, the resort teamed up with Sealed Air Diversey Care for its first Soap for Hope project. Over 50 colleagues from the resort helped make soap using discarded soap from guestrooms. The team did this by first cutting discarded soap into small 100-gram soap blocks. The blocks were then sanitized using Diversey’s bleaching tablets. Staff then selected their favorite scents to include in the new soap – lemongrass, pandan leaves, ground coffee or tea leaves. Volunteers then poured the soap and scent compound into a soap brick, and then compressed it to produce a brand new bar of soap.
“The best part of our CSR program is that all materials used are part of the resorts’ discards and recyclable materials, including our coffee grounds and tea leaves, discarded bed linen for lining the tables and floors – nothing goes to waste,” said Elizabeth Liew, Area Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Penang properties. “The second part of the program will see the staff go on ground to distribute these soaps to communities in need.”
Sealed Air Diversey Care will also help deliver the bars of soap to local communities with little access to adequate hygiene products.
“This is a perfect example of a collaborative CSR effort with our long-term suppliers, where we continuously invest in our communities,” said Liew.
Similarly, colleagues at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu team up with children from a nearby primary school to make soap bars out of discarded soap from the resort. The soap will also be donated to local communities.
Congrats to both resorts for making a difference in their communities.