It may be Earth Day but people here in Asheville don’t need an excuse to think Green. Conservation, sustainable farming, organic gardening, CSAs, (community supported agriculture), recycling, biodegradable products, green construction and a heightened awareness of our place on the planet are evident everywhere. Eat locally, think globally is the mantra expressed on bumper stickers and shops throughout the Asheville area. It’s one of the things we love about Asheville. As a business we think about how we impact the environment. As many hotels and inns do, we ask our guests to choose whether they need their towels laundered every day or not. We also have partnered with Clean the World and we’re excited about that. When you go to a hotel or a B&B, of course you’re going to expect your room to be supplied with amenities like soaps, shampoo and lotions. But what happens to all those products after you’ve used them once and most of the soap is left in the room? Many of us in the B&B industry have tried to think of ways to mitigate this waste, such as providing plastic bags so guests can bring their soap home with them. But then, there you go using more plastic and most guests don’t really want to deal with wet little soap bars in their suitcases! Clean the World has come up the ideal solution. They are a not-for-profit corporation founded in 2009 that aims to reduce waste caused by discarded soap while preventing deaths from hygiene-related illnesses world-wide. They collect, sort and sanitize the soaps and lotions, then recycle these products to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries suffering from high mortality rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease. The hospitality partners, like A Bed of Roses, pay a yearly fee to participate in this program as well as paying to collect and mail our used soaps and lotions to Clean the World. The organization is also supported by cash donations, fundraising events and the work of countless volunteers.
Recycling Soap. Saving Lives.