Hilton and Clean the World Lead the Charge for Sustainability With Year-Round Soap Recycling Program
Partnership has Diverted Nearly One Million Pounds of Waste from Landfills
MCLEAN, Va., May 1, 2017 (Newswire.com) - As 78% of Americans support companies who are dedicated to eco-friendly practices*, preserving the environment should extend beyond the recent celebration of Earth Day. Carrying this mission throughout the year, Hilton (NYSE: HLT) and Clean the World are highlighting the importance of sustainable travel and environmental practices, and how travelers are contributing to making a difference in their local communities and across the world when they stay with Hilton brands.
Hilton has implemented a soap recycling program with Clean the World as part of its corporate social responsibility commitment, Travel with Purpose, which focuses on three key objectives: creating opportunities, strengthening communities and preserving the environment. The All Suites Brands by Hilton, which include Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites, became the first three major hospitality brands to make recycling discarded soap and amenity bottles a brand standard at each of its more than 750 hotels.
Recycling soap can change lives and help prevent hygiene-related deaths. Hilton and Clean the World have already collected and recycled enough used soap to distribute over five million new bars of soap to communities in need. In total, Clean the World has distributed more than 40 million bars of soap in 115 countries, and has helped divert more than 14.8 million pounds of waste from going to landfills.
“The All Suites Brands by Hilton are working to help communities on a local and global level 365 days a year. Through our Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy, along with our impactful partnership with Clean the World, we’re making great strides to preserve our environment,” said Bill Duncan, global head, All Suites Brands. “We are grateful to be able to make a difference, and will continue to build upon our commitment to this worthwhile cause.”
The Hilton Travel with Purpose platform allows environmentally-conscious consumers to enjoy other sustainable amenities across the brands’ properties. For example, Embassy Suites and Homewood Suites not only collect discarded soap, but also collect and donate amenities and shampoo bottles, where they are repurposed into Clean the World hygiene kits to those in need. Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites, Hilton’s extended stay brands, offer kitchens with 100% washable china rather than paper or plastic, along with recycling containers in all guestrooms and public spaces. Home2 Suites properties are also made up of 65% recycled materials.
The All Suites Brands by Hilton invite travelers to “Travel with Purpose” and encourage sustainable travel. For more information, visit cr.hilton.com.
*Source: Tiller Green Survey
About Embassy Suites by Hilton
Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full-service, upscale brand offers two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has more than 230 hotels with 49 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information, visit embassysuites.com or news.embassysuites.com. Connect online with Embassy Suites by Hilton at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 400 locations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, is an award-winning leader. The first choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodations when traveling for an extended or quick overnight stay, Homewood Suites offers inviting, generous suites, featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully-equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators. Additional value-driven essentials include: complimentary Internet, a daily full-hot breakfast and complimentary evening social every Monday-Thursday. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Homewood Suites is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. For more information on the extended-stay advantage, visit www.homewoodsuites.com or news.homewoodsuites.com.
About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest growing brands in the history of Hilton, is a mid-tier, all-suite award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. With a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations, Home2 Suites offers complimentary breakfast selections with hundreds of combinations; innovative and customizable guest room design; laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a pet-friendly environment. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Visit www.home2suites.com for additional information or www.home2franchise.com for franchising opportunities.
About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. The organization collects discarded soap and other hygiene products from more than 4,000 hotel and resort partners and operates recycling centers in North America, Asia, and Europe. Clean the World provides hygiene education and microlending to make handwashing and local soap purchases a lifelong habit in developing regions. Through its hygiene kit program, Clean the World provides personal care items to relief organizations throughout North America. Since 2009, more than 35 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 100 countries. More information: http://www.cleantheworld.org.
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