Casa Laguna Inn & Spa is proud to join with 21 other Laguna Beach hotels, motels, inns, and resorts in the Clean the World hospitality partnership program. Through the organizational efforts of the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau (LBVCB) all Laguna Beach hospitality industry lodging properties with 20 rooms or more have partnered with Clean the World Global LLC, a social enterprise committed to saving lives and protecting our planet. Hospitality partners in Laguna Beach will collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases.
Casa Laguna has always been well ahead of the trend for Earth-friendly products and practices. In 2006 we began a serious recycling program in every guest room and elsewhere throughout the property. We located recycling baskets in all rooms and facilities so that guests and employees could place bottles and cans there for recycling. We also began reusing our "white" paper by printing on both sides before recycling. We started working together with our local Waste Management company to make certain our cardboard boxes along with the cans and bottles would be efficiently recycled.
In 2007 we began replacing garden plants with types that require less water. We then stopped using our sprinkler system and began hand watering, in order to greatly reduce water usage. Also, all plumbing throughout the property includes reduced-flow features and/or nozzles.
In recognition of our efforts, Casa Laguna Inn & Spa received the first "Environmental Recognition Award" from the City of Laguna Beach in 2008.
In 2009, the Inn began using low-impact, environmentally-friendly cleaning products, and purchased a new energy-efficient washer and dryer. Every appliance we purchase is rated as highly efficient on the California environmental impact chart. Lighting throughout the property has been changed to incorporate the use of power-saver bulbs.
In 2010 we changed our linens to the eco-friendly Comphy® line, made from recycled materials that also require less chemicals, water, and power to clean and maintain. These linens are again recycled at the end of their useful life. We also use the "Eco" line of towels & washcloths from Monarch.
In order to lower our carbon foot print we no longer distribute the typical small bottles of amenities you find in many hotels. We have changed to refillable pumps for all soaps and lotions other than glycerin bar soaps that are used in rooms with tubs. These are now being recycled through Clean the World.
According to Clean the World, 9,000 children around the world die each day from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases that can be prevented by washing with bar soap. Clean the World has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions to lessen the impact of disease and promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide. Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities, and in just two years of operation has distributed more than 9 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries worldwide, while also fulfilling a valuable environmental mission by diverting an estimated 600 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.
"Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination, and a city deserving of praise for its promotion of sustainability and social responsibility," says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World. "Our hotel partners in Laguna Beach should be applauded for their collaboration on this unique partnership and its distinction of being our first municipality to embrace Clean the World's mission to recycle soap and save lives. I hope the efforts of the LBVCB will inspire other communities, municipalities and cities to do the same."
Casa Laguna Inn & Spa also applauds the LBVCB for their dedication to keeping Laguna Beach a "green" city, and for the organizational efforts leading to a partnership between Clean the World and the Laguna Beach lodging-hospitality community.
[Portions of the above excerpted from the LBVCB press release "Laguna Beach, CA, Becomes First to Partner Citywide with Clean the World" dated November 7, 2011.]