Ready, set, wash! Recently, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila partnered with Sealed Air to create handwashing sinks out of recycled material to donate to Marcela Marcelo Elementary School. Before the initiative, the low-income school in Magallanes Village, the Philippines had only two wash sinks available, which did not suffice for proper hygiene for the school’s 2,500 students.
Engineering and assemblage of the sinks was no easy tasks, particularly because the hotel and Sealed Air wanted to build the sinks from recycled material collected from the hotel. To achieve this goal, the hotel donated a recycled 1,000-liter tank to hold the water, reused 20-liter plastic tanks for the sinks, and two-liter plastic bottles that were cut into halves and closed with removable pumps to become soap dispensers.
Sealed Air engineered a system to direct recycled rain water from the school roof to store in the 1,000-liter tank. The water is then distributed to multiple single-valve sinks. When the water runs through the sink and through the downspouts, the water flows through a connected garden hose, which directs the used water to an adjacent garden. The water serves as a fertilizer solution to the plants.
With the added sinks, the hotel and Sealed Air expect the time that students had to wait to wash their hands at one of the two sinks will decrease greatly.
Congratulations to the team at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila on the successful project.