A new partnership has been formed between IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) and Clean the World Foundation Inc. to recycle partially-used soaps and bottled amenities from hotel guest rooms and distribute them in communities with limited access to hygiene products.
Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a charitable organization that is committed to stopping the spread of preventable diseases by collecting, recycling and distributing hotel guest room amenities to children and families in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries worldwide. Through its sustainable and socially responsible efforts, including a patented method of sterilizing soaps during the recycling process to remove potential germs and pathogens, Clean the World has helped divert more than 1.4 million lbs. of hotel waste from local landfills.
Through this partnership, IHG has the potential to add 3,274 properties in the United States and Canada, representing 407,840 rooms, to Clean the World's growing list of more than 1,400 hospitality partners throughout North America. IHG brands that can participate in the program include:
- InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts
- Hotel Indigo®
- Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts
- Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts
- Holiday Inn Express®
- Staybridge Suites®
- Candlewood Suites®
"Through programs like Green Engage and this new partnership with Clean the World, IHG continues to address our sustainability priorities at the hotel level," says Paul Snyder, vice president, Corporate Responsibility, IHG. "Our hotel owners and guests have made eco-awareness a priority in their lives, and we welcome that kind of social responsibility in all that we do and offer throughout our brand portfolio. This partnership is a great opportunity to leverage our scale to both reduce the impact on the environment and provide a benefit for global communities."