One of the best ways to reduce waste is to repurpose them into new and usable products. Shangri-La properties put this into action with Soap for Hope, which repurposes used soap into new and repackaged bars. Check out how hotels in Hangzhou and Singapore participated.
On October 20, Midtown Shangri-La, Hangzhou invited colleagues and guests to participate in Soap for Hope. The project repurposed five kilograms of soap into 20 repackaged bars, which would have otherwise been discarded in a landfill.
“It was a really significant activity, as it helped repurpose material and also brought our colleagues and guests closer together,” said Sharon Wang, resident manager of the hotel.
On December 9, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore repurposed 90 kilograms of soap during a Soap for Hope program. After grating off used portions, cutting the soap into small pieces, and melting and shaping the soap into new bars, the hotel created 300 repurposed bars of soap. Colleagues combined the soap with shirts, towels and slippers to create hampers for residents of Thye Hua Kwan Nursing Home.
On December 10, 40 volunteers from Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore and local laundry company Central Laundry delivered the hampers to the residents.
“Teams from the hotels and Central Laundry spent an engaging afternoon with residents, entertaining them with bingo, karaoke sessions and a delicious tea break,” said Dora Tan, director of communications at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. “Smiles were abound from both the residents and volunteers as they fostered great friendships.”