Eco-friendly Travel: Visit a Florida hotel that contributes to Clean the World projects

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Honduras Soaps (credit: Clean the World)

Honduras Soaps (credit: Clean the World)

Florida Travel Guide: Eco-friendly lodging with Clean the World hotel partners

Although a survey conducted at the World Travel Market in 2011 indicated that hotels needed to engage in more  sustainable practices, there are a growing number deepening their commitment. In Florida in particular, many are partnering with Orlando-based hotel-amenity recycler, Clean the World.

Clean the World Projects

The concept is simple: recycle soaps and amenities such as shampoos and lotions; then donate them to domestic homeless and women’s shelters. Some of the recycled amenities are also included in hygiene kits that are distributed to foreign orphanages, missions and medical clinics. In less than 3 years, Clean the World has distributed more than 10 million soap bars globally with the help of approximately 1,400 hospitality partners within North America. An added bonus is that Clean the World projects divert hotel waste from local landfills (up to 1.4 million pounds so far).

Gaylord Palms joins

Gaylord Hotels recently joined the project and Clean the World estimates that the 8,050 hotel rooms from all four Gaylord hotels (including Orlando’s Gaylord Palms), will result in the collection of more than 84,000 lbs. of soap and 62,500 lbs. of bottled amenities.

Clean the World Hotels

There are almost 200 hotels that participate with Clean the World projects – here is a shortlist:

North Florida

  • Fairfield Inn, Gainesville
  • Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Pensacola
  • The Breakers, Palm Beach
  • Hampton Inn Central, Tallahassee

Central Florida

  • Gaylord Hotels, Orlando
  • Residence Inn Cape Canveral Coco Beach
  • Palm Plaza Resort, Daytona
  • All Disney Resorts, Orlando
  • Grand Bohemian Hotel, Orlando
  • The Nick Hotel, Orlando
  • Aqua Terrace, Ormond Beach
  • Renaissance Vinoy, St. Petersburg

South Florida

  • The Seagate Hotel & Spa, Delray Beach
  • W, Ft. Lauderdale
  • La Siesta Resort & Marina, Islamorada
  • Ocean Key Resort & Spa, Key West
  • Ritz Carlton Golf Club & Spa, Jupiter
  • Crystal Cruises, Miami
  • The Clifton, Miami Beach
  • Doubletree Guest Suites, Naples

Tell us…

Do you choose a hotel based on its environmental practices when you travel?