"Turning trash into treasure": Kempinski Palace Portorož joins the Clean the World initiative to Enhance Recycling Activities

Since the end of 2019, the Kempinski luxury hotel group has been working with the international recycling programme, which recycles hotel amenities and donates soap to organisations around the world while protecting the environment from harmful waste. Kempinski Palace Portorož joined this initiative and proudly presents the first results.

Portorož, 17 November 2021 - Continuously striving to reinforce its commitment to improve environmental impacts and support social initiatives is a key objective of Kempinski Hotels. To further expand the partnership with Clean the World, a leader in global health dedicated to sustainability around water, sanitation and hygiene, a number of Kempinski hotels have joined the programme, among which is also Kempinski Palace Portorož.

Clean the World's hospitality programme takes discarded soap bars and bottled amenities and recycles them in order to protect the environment, preserve natural resources, help communities in need and reduce costs. The seamless process starts with a housekeeping service collecting the used soap and amenities and sorting them into Clean the World-provided bins. Once full, the bins are shipped to one of Clean the World's warehouses, where the soap is then run through a special filtration process, whereby all debris is removed and filtered. This is then mixed with a lab-tested sanitation solution and pressed into new soap bars. The bars are cut, packed and shipped to one of the many distribution partners around the world, including the UN Refugee Agency, Children International, Global Medic, World Vision and the Red Cross, to name a few. From there, the bars are then put directly into the hands of those who are vulnerable and so desperately need them.

Even though the hotel was closed for a large portion of the previous year, the collected amenities still had a big impact on those in need, with 236 kg of plastic collected, 282 kg of waste collected and 46 kg of soap collected, with a carbon footprint reduction of 62 kg CO2e.

All soap continues to be collected rather than disposed of in the hotel, and we are getting ready for the next shipment, which will, again, help those in need and help with environment protection.


About Kempinski Palace Portorož: The luxury hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož, opened in 2008, is situated directly on the Adriatic coast of Slovenia, not far from the Medieval Pearl, the town of Piran, and less than two hours from Venice. The five-star superior hotel embodies a unique combination of traditional and contemporary design, offering 182 superb rooms and suites, a 1,500 sq m (16,145.9 sq ft) spa, an innovative food and beverage concept in all its restaurants and bars, six conference facilities with daylight, a unique, historic ballroom and a private park.

About Kempinski: Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe's oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski's rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 77 five-star hotels and residences in 34 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world's largest alliance of independent hotel brands.

About Clean the World: Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to WASH (water, sanitisation and hygiene) and sustainability. It operates soap recycling centres and offices in Orlando, Montreal, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Washington DC and Punta Cana and leads a "Global Hygiene Revolution" to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 8,000 hotel, resort and cruise partners. Clean the World's foundation provides WASH (water, sanitisation and hygiene) programming to benefit global communities with high pre-adolescent death rates due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) - which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, the foundation has served over 10 million individuals and distributed 56 million bars of soap and 5 million hygiene kits in 127 countries. For more information on how you can participate in Clean the World's world-renowned recycling programme, please visit https://cleantheworld.org/get-involved/hotel-recycling-program/.

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