Guests expect fresh sheets as a minimum from quality hotel accommodation, but this means that those businesses end up getting through a huge amount of linen. Rather than send its used bedsheets to landfill, UK Marriott hotels has created the Bed Linen Tote, a stylish bag that is made out of recycled bedsheets.
Working with designers Lily & Lionel and UK-based eco bag manufacturer SleepingBags, the hotel chain developed a one-of-a-kind accessory that customers could purchase to take away with them. Since the bedlinen fabric was chosen initially to offer comfort to hotel guests, the bags retain a quality feel, complete with a special designer print. The bag retails for GBP 20 and Marriott is donating at least 50 percent from the sale of every bag to The Prince’s Trust, making the accessory even more socially-minded.
Although currently available in a limited edition of 1,000, a similar scheme could be both an environmentally-friendly and money-making opportunity for hospitality companies, or beyond. Could your business reuse the materials it typically throws in the trash?
Spotted by Murray Orange, written by Springwise