The Washington Dulles Marriott Suites in Herndon announced recently that the hotel is pairing up with nonprofit, Clean the World.
The organization collects soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions that are discarded by hotels each day, processes them to ensure they're clean then redistributes them for humanitarian purposes all around the world. Clean the World operates in the United States and 10 Canadian provinces.
According to Marriott, hand washing and using soap helps reduce the impact of respiratory infections and diarrheal disease in children under 5 years old, and is recommended for all humans to help stop the spread of germs and diseases.
In addition to helping people live healthier lives, Clean the World has eliminated more than 750 tons of waste from hotels from going into landfills, instead using it to distribute more than 11 million bars of soap and 325,000 pounds of shampoo to those in need.
“The Washington Dulles Marriott Suites is proud to participate in Clean the World’s hotel recycling program,” said Kristen Murphy, general manager of the all-suite hotel in a press release.
“We provide our guests with only the finest Bath and Body Works products in every suite, so we are honored that the unused portions of those soaps, shampoos and lotions can be used to prevent hygiene-related illnesses across the country,” she said.
Marriott's staff had to undergo extensive training to learn how to participate in the program. The staff will use bins provided by Clean the World to deposit soap and shampoo bottles before they're picked up and taken to a recycling operation center. At the center the products will be sterilized and cooked to removed impurities.
According to the Clean World Interactive Impact Calculator, the Washington Dulles Marriott Suites has the potential to collect enough soap and shampoo over the course of one year to create 11,654 recycled bars and 11,592 bottles to be distributed to children and families in need.
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