Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko proudly receives the “Earth Check Silver certificate” and has successfully started the cooperation with “Clean the World Organization” as part of Kempinski’s worldwide sustainability and corporate responsibility program.
In January 2020 the hotel started collecting all plastic amenity bottles, about 120,000 per year, to lead them to a recycling process. Soap bars are collected and will be sanitized, transformed into new soap bars, and distributed among the communities in need. Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko has partnered up with Clean the World, an organization that collects and recycles soap bars and bottled amenities discarded by the hospitality industry.
Joining Clean the World, the hotel helps to ensure that toiletries will not end up in landfills or burned. Through the distribution of these and other donated hygiene products to impoverished people, it helps prevent millions of hygiene-related illnesses and deaths every year. Clean the World provides at-risk people with access to soap, and information about how and when to use it. Their recycling programme significantly reduces waste and promotes a sustainable future.
Clean the World collects Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko’s amenity bottles and soap bars that were used by the guests. Liquid hygiene products are extracted from the bottles for further reuse, and the amenity bottles are recycled in a state-of-the-art process, obtaining a high-level-purity recycled plastic (Circular economy). Soap bars will be sanitized, transformed into new soap bars and distributed among communities in need, such as benefit shelters, children’s shelters, refugee camps and people struggling due to economic and misfortune or natural disaster.
As part of the commitment to offering sustainable luxury experiences along with safe and quality services and facilities, Kempinski is actively rolling globally the award-winning EarthCheck Certified programme.
Hotels participating in EarthCheck Certified actively monitor and report their environmental and social impact from their operations, including indicators such as energy and water consumption, carbon footprint, waste generation, community engagement and much more.
Using a science-based approach, each of the hotels aims to increase efficiencies, maximize guest experience and minimize its environmental footprint. Economic concerns addressed in the EarthCheck Certified programme include employment conditions, support of the local economy, use of fair trade goods and services, and recognition of the seasonality of revenue streams – all contributing to the economic and social health of the region.
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 76 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.
Find out more about the initiatives on https://earthcheck.org/ and https://cleantheworld.org/