From towels to bed sheets, linens are an essential part of daily operation at hotels and resorts. According to Sealed Air, a typical 400-room hotel generates two to three tons of used linens per year. After the linens have completed their cycle on property, many of the unwanted but still usable items go to waste. On July 26, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu and Sealed Air Corporation partnered to help alleviate this strain on the environment by launching Linens for Life, a charitable initiative that provides underprivileged community members the tools to repurpose hotel linens into household items.
To kick off the initiative, Marie-Laure Fleury, resident manager at the resort, and Stefan Phang, global corporate social responsibility director at Sealed Air, led a workshop at Tingo Elementary School, the resort’s Embrace beneficiary, for mothers in the local community. Colleagues from the resort provided bedsheets, towels and uniforms, while Sealed Air donated two sewing machines. Volunteers from the hotel’s Linen Department taught the mothers how to sew and transform the linens into usable items. The community members can now repurpose the linens into useful household items such as pillow cases, dresses, bags, aprons and more.
“Through this project, we want to provide the mothers of Tingo with a meaningful livelihood that not only helps their families, but also benefits the environment,” said Fleury. By combining forces, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu and Sealed Air Corporation can repurpose the items to benefit both the community and environment.
Check out Linens for Life in action in the Tingo community:
Linens for Life marks another heartwarming community initiative led by the resort, following the successful launch of Soap for Hope in 2015, which was also completed in partnership with Sealed Air. Thank you to the dedicated colleagues at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu and Sealed Air Corporation for coming together to help the community.