Out of Eden announces first CleanConscience partner

UK: Out of Eden, a cumbrian hospitality supplier, has announced the first member of its toiletry recycling scheme.

The Netherwood Hotel & Spa have joined the company’s CleanConscience™ program to tackle single-use plastic waste in the hospitality industry.

The program was created from awareness of the hospitality industry’s reliance on single use plastics. Mini toiletries especially have a significant impact, and the group hopes to promote an easy way to recycle them.

The process involves collecting, decanting and rebottling toiletry liquids, sending the leftover contents to women’s shelters, refugee camps and other needy groups. Empty packaging  and hard soaps will be reprocessed into raw materials and supplied to help small-scale businesses generate income.

Out of Eden managing director Mike Gannon said: “Sustainability is very high on Out of Eden’s agenda and we are acutely aware of the issues of single use plastics in the hospitality industry. We acknowledge that our product range still includes travel-size toiletries, but by working closely with CleanConscience™ we are offering a solution for products to be disposed of in a safe and sustainable way.”

The partnership with Netherwood is the group’s first major partnership so far. The Grade II listed Victorian manor now uses the group’s recycling scheme when refillable toiletry options are not available.

Gayle Winstanley, Netherwood’s assistant GM said: “We are delighted to still offer smaller toiletries that can now be repurposed and benefit the wider community on a national and global scale. We look forward to working closely with Out of Eden and hope the initiative is a great success throughout Cumbria and beyond.”

Out of Eden is currently offering framed participation certificates and a £5 credit on participants’ Out of Eden account when collection occurs to incentivize involvement.

Sustainability is a major trend of hotels moving forward this year. For more stories, check out our interview with Matthew Payne of Made by Oomph.

Find out more about the CleanConscience™ scheme here.

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