Sunway Putra Hotel recently had organized “Bin It To Win It” challenge to create awareness on re purposing used fabrics. This is in like with their hospitality group – Sunway Hotels & Resorts’ partnership with Kloth Cares, a Malaysian social entrepreneurship movement dedicated to keep fabrics out of landfills through rethinking, reusing, re purposing and recycling unwanted fabrics.
The partnership with Kloth Cares involves a permanent Kloth Cares bin placed in the hotel for its employees to recycle their used linen, clothes and soft toys which are then collected on a monthly basis by Kloth Cares. The challenge ran from 6-13 November 2019 aimed to encourage more of its employees to recycle their used fabrics and apply the function of the Kloth Cares bin.
During the event, the Hotel has successfully collected more than 500 kg of linens and old textiles. According to Mr Michael Monks, General Manager of Sunway Putra Hotel, “Our aim is to collect at least 2200 kg of unwanted fabrics by the end of year 2021. I’m very happy to know all Sunway Putra Hotel’s employees are willing to donate and hopefully with this initiative, employees are more aware on the necessity of responsible consumption amongst all. It is estimated that Malaysians product up to 2,000 tonnes of textile wastes and other wearable products daily; unrecycled, they make up 5% of all solid waste. Decomposed textile waste releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that is a significant contributor to global warming.”
“After 2000 years living in the earth, human still have not found any replacement for the earth. But human continues to destroy the earth in many ways. We are trying our part. No contribution is too small. A small part will help us to make the earth a better world to stay”
Ms. Nik Susila from Kloth Cares says “Textile waste is a real problem to the earth. On a daily average, Malaysian produces 38,000 tons of solid waste which could filled up the whole KLCC Tower. Cloths consist 5% of these solid waste which is equivalent to 2 mil kg on a daily basis. The cloth waste. We are glad that Sunway Putra Mall is the first in adapting a recycling box at their B1 car park to helps to collect unwanted stuff from the consumers. Up to date, they have successfully collected 7000 kg unwanted items for us”.
At the end of the challenge period, 3 winners were chosen based on the highest collection weight. First prize wins an accomodation stay at Sunway Hotel Hanoi; while second and third prize were at Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh and Sunway Hotel Georgetown respectively.
The initiative by Sunway Hotels & Resorts is part of the #sunwayforgood movement, which is Sunway’s commitment towards a sustainable environment, economy and society. All Sunway Hotel & Resorts’ are fully committed and have adopted SDG2 that focuses on Zero Hunger and SDG12 on Responsible Consumption and Production; fostering a better future for the communities in which Sunway builds, serves and lives.