PENANG, MALAYSIA – March 25, 2019 – This year, Hotel Jen Penang is taking the extra miles to commemorate Earth Hour by providing livelihood to the local community through recycling and reducing waste.

Earth Hour is a global movement held annually, encouraging people to turn their lights off for one hour as a symbol of commitment to the planet. As a part of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ group-wide efforts to reduce wastage, Hotel Jen Penang consistently comes up with initiatives, including reducing wastage and donating surplus supplies to communities in need.

One of its ongoing initiatives “Soap for Hope” is a soap-making process of making soap bars from discarded soap. The used discarded soaps from the guestrooms are sanitised before being re-processed using an innovative, but simple cold-press method. The soap-making programme does not involve running water or energy.

Hotel Jen Penang colleagues took part in this meaningful soap-making workshop, organised in three different sessions to accommodate the employees. The soap is first cut into smaller blocks weighing 200 grams. These blocks are then sanitised ensuring they are safe for reuse. After sanitisation, the soap is poured into a soap brick and compressed to produce brand-new bars of soap.

Aligned with the hotel’s goal of eliminating waste, the soap is wrapped using recycled magazine for distribution. During the one-hour lights off, the hotel team will make rounds around the hotel and distribute the soap to communities in need.

“We have produced over 100 bars of soaps and will be distributing them to less fortunate people. We aim to not only help the less fortunate, but to empower those around us to get involved to promote wellness and eliminate waste,” said the hotel’s area corporate social responsibility and sustainability manager, Wong Yaw Ling.

“Soap for Hope” is one of the interesting projects supported by the hotel supplier, Diversey.

In July 2018, Hotel Jen Penang implemented the “no plastic straw” rule in all its operations in an effort to reduce single-use plastic waste.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”. Hotel-level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La’s Care for People Project, which aims to promote high level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity.

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