SINGAPORE, June 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Weak members in communities throughout 11 cities in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka will quickly have higher entry to reusable face masks with the regional Linens For Life Face Masks (L4LFM) partnership between Shangri-La Group and Diversey, a number one international hygiene options supplier.
College students at Dehigahalanda College, Hambantota, Sri Lanka have obtained masks by way of L4LFM
As a part of the L4LFM programme, the 12,500kg of used linen donated by 20 Shangri-La lodges shall be repurposed into reusable material face masks by native Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Colombo, Hambantota, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Surabaya, Jakarta, Manila, Singapore, Bangkok and Yangon. In some cities equivalent to Yangon, Manila, Johor Bahru, Jakarta, Surabaya and Bangkok, the upcycling of masks can even generate employment alternatives for members in low socio-economic group teams.
The half-a-million face masks will subsequently be distributed to native communities in want, offering susceptible members of society with a primary piece of safety that’s now necessary in lots of nations within the international battle in opposition to COVID-19.
The upcycling of fresh, used linen into face masks additionally supplies Shangri-La a significant method to assist scale back environmental wastage. If new linen was produced to fabricate this amount of material masks, it could have incurred 60 million litres of water (the equal of 23 Olympic-size swimming swimming pools) and a carbon footprint of 150 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equal to 63,000 litres of petrol being combusted*.
Mr. Chan Kong Leong, Regional CEO for Shangri-La Group in Southeast Asia & Australasia, mentioned: “At Shangri-La, we now have devoted our final 50 years to caring for our visitors, colleagues and native communities. Simply as we now have elevated our cleansing and security protocols in our lodges as a part of our ‘Shangri-La Cares‘ dedication to our visitors and colleagues, we’re heartened to have the ability to proceed serving to and caring for the communities round us all through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Linens For Life Face Masks programme supplies clear well being, social and environmental advantages for communities throughout these difficult occasions. Not solely does it give our used resort linen a brand new lease of life, it additionally supplies essentially the most susceptible with a primary piece of safety and helps maintain livelihoods.”
In Bangkok, Thailand, the Group and Diversey have teamed up with Cedar Studying Centre the place local people members will upcycle the clear however used bedsheets, cover covers and pillowcases into face masks and distribute them to refugees and asylum seekers within the metropolis. Volunteers at WHY Loving Care in Penang will create and distribute the masks to susceptible kids in native colleges and orphanages, whereas in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, with the assistance of the Kechara Soup Kitchen, deprived ladies will obtain a further supply of earnings from the stitching of face masks which shall be distributed amongst poor households and the homeless.
Mr. Brijesh Rathore, Vice-President, Diversey Asia-Pacific International Strategic Accounts mentioned: “One in every of Diversey’s international priorities is to help native communities, significantly throughout COVID-19. The Linens for Life Face Masks Programme is a superb instance of how Diversey, along with our buyer lodges and companion NGOs, are offering easy hygiene objects to those that really want them and serving to to forestall the unfold of an infection.”
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shangri-La Lodges throughout the area have constantly sought out alternatives to assist their native communities and to uplift spirits – from donating important objects equivalent to groceries to native communities throughout Southeast Asia and Australasia, to making ready recent meals and donating private safety tools to brave frontline employees.
With hygiene and security being top-of-mind for a lot of, the Shangri-La Group has not too long ago launched its “Shangri-La Cares” commitment, reinforcing the Group’s efforts to caring for folks as we start welcoming visitors again to our lodges and resorts. As a part of its ongoing efforts to create a trusted and nurturing setting for visitors, the Group has partnered Diversey to implement a sequence of security requirements and precautionary measures throughout its lodges.
Shangri-La’s partnership with Diversey on the L4LFM programme builds on the profitable Cleaning soap For Hope collaboration between the 2 entities globally, which has seen 427 tonnes of resort cleaning soap slivers recycled into 3.5 million new cleaning soap bars for at-risk communities over the previous three years. For extra data on how the Shangri-La Group is caring for native communities, please go to our Company Social Duty weblog here.
*The environmental affect figures are gleaned from an impartial research by Metabolic in The Netherlands – https://www.metabolic.nl/news/improving-the-environmental-performance-of-hotel-linen/. The figures are taken from the life cycle evaluation of cotton and poly-cotton linen and cotton towels utilized in high resort chains.
About Shangri-La Group
Shangri-La Group is likely one of the world’s premier builders, homeowners and operators of resort and funding properties which contains workplace buildings, business actual property and serviced residences/residences. The Group’s different principal actions embrace resort administration companies in addition to property improvement on the market. It at the moment owns and/or manages over 100 lodges globally in additional than 75 locations underneath the Shangri-La, Kerry, JEN and Merchants manufacturers. Prominently positioned in Asia, the Group has a considerable pipeline of upcoming resort and mixed-use improvement tasks in Australia, Bahrain, Mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
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