Krista Dalton, general manaager of the DoubleTree Club by Hilton in Springdale, spearheads the hotel's efforts to recycle soap and shampoo for Florida-based nonprofit Clean the World. Two other Northwest Arkansas hotels, the Holiday Inn and Suites and the Staybridge Suites, both in Rogers, are also enrolled in the program.
Hotel soap isn’t a throwaway anymore. Neither is shampoo or hand lotion. For years they were tossed in the landfill, no questions asked. But there’s a growing movement to not only recycle hotel soap and shampoo, but to repackage it and ship it to impoverished regions around the world.
The charge is being led by Florida-based humanitarian startup Clean the World, founded in 2009 by entrepreneur Shawn Seipler. Established in hotels, casino hotels, bed and breakfasts, and timeshares, the program aims to curb the amount of waste coming out of one of the largest producers of waste, the hospitality industry.
While the top recycling hotels are based in large markets like Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas, the movement has trickled into smaller markets like Northwest Arkansas. Three hotels... [ MORE ]