Five-star hotel joins international recycling program and will donate soaps and bathroom amenities to organisations around the world
ST ANDREWS, Scotland – 23 January 2017 – Fairmont St Andrews has joined the Clean the World hospitality initiative, which will see the five-star Scottish resort donate its soaps and discarded hygiene products to be recycled for humanitarian organisations around the world.
The initiative will form part of Fairmont St Andrews longstanding commitments to green tourism, in which hotel staff and guests are encouraged to help with the preservation of the local habitat, reduce waste and promote a sustainable future to benefit those in need.
After being collected from its 209 guest bedrooms and suites, the donated hygiene items will be hygienically recycled and distributed to homeless shelters, children’s shelters, women’s shelters, food banks, veterans groups and people struggling due to economic misfortune or natural disaster.
As well as delivering the Fairmont Sustainability Partnership, Fairmont St Andrews has introduced a sustained building management system which in its first year has delivered a reduction in paper and water usage, an increase in food recycling as well as an on-site green house and vegetable garden. LED lighting in all public areas and rooms has also been introduced, as have community tourism initiatives including beach cleaning and maintenance of the Fife Coastal Path.
Since launching eight years ago, Clean the World has distributed more than 38 million soap bars to 115 countries, more than 1.1 million hygiene kits, and diverted in excess of 5,000 tons of waste from landfills.
John Keating, general manager at Fairmont St Andrews comments on the partnership: “We strive at Fairmont St Andrews to reduce our use of energy, water and waste produced and consumed; I am proud of our sustainability teams, who were presented with a Silver Award from Scottish Green tourism in 2016, we hope for further recognition and a Gold Award this year. We are dedicated to raise awareness of Clean the World and giving back to those less fortunate. We are extremely pleased to support such a worthwhile cause and look forward to working with the charity.”
Pierre Daigneault, executive director and chief sustainability of Clean the World is excited by the initiative of Fairmont St Andrews to join his organisation’s soap recycling program. “I am proud to have such a landmark as the first Scottish hotel to join our soap recycle program,” said Daigneault. “By doing so, Fairmont St Andrews is setting the standard and will most likely be followed by many more Scottish hotels.”
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About Fairmont St Andrews
The five-star Fairmont St Andrews resort boasts two championship golf courses, The Torrance and The Kittocks, and has played host to a number of prestigious events, including the Scottish Youth National Championship and the Scottish Senior Open.
In addition to golf tournaments, Fairmont St Andrews has also hosted some of the world’s most important politicians and power brokers as a venue for both Northern Ireland peace talks and a G20 Summit.
Currently undergoing a multimillion pound renovation, the resort will benefit from a refreshed interior with a contemporary feel using materials that reflect the surrounding 520 acre area. The Atrium area features the magnificent lighting sculpture by renowned artist, George Singer, named Zephyr, which emulates shoals of fish in St Andrews Bay and the blowing reeds on the cliff tops. The resort also has a sumptuous spa complex which offers a range of treatments including locally-themed massages, facial and relaxation therapies and exclusive Ishga Skincare and Aromatherapy Associates treatments in 12 chic treatment rooms.
Accolades and awards for Fairmont St Andrews
• Best Hotel Resort 2016 – The Scottish Hospitality Awards
• Five-star AA Award – 2016
• AA Rosette Award – St Andrews Bar & Grill – 2016
• Best Large Hotel Winner – 2015 Scottish Golf Tourism Awards
• Kittocks Course – Golf Club & Course Experience of the Year 2013 – Golf Tourism Scotland
• Five-star Award for Best Resort Hotel UK 2013 – International Hotel Awards
• European Golf Resort of the Year 2012 by IAGTO
• The Torrance course 20th and The Kittock’s course 40th best modern courses of 2010 – Golfweek
• 22nd on international list, World’s 50 Best Golf Hotels – Golf Digest
• Resort Hotel of the Year 2008, 2010, 2011 – Golf Tourism Scotland
• 18th Best Golf Resort in the World – Conde Nast Traveller
• International Resort Hotel of the Year – Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards 2009
• Expedia award as top one per cent of hotels in the world
• Hosted G20 summit
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About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. The organization collects discarded soap and other hygiene products from more than 4,000 hotel and resort partners and operates recycling centers in North America, Asia, and Europe. Clean the World provides hygiene education and soap distribution to make hand washing a lifelong habit. Since 2009, more than 38 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 115 countries. More information: www.cleantheworld.org