Winning at ditching fabric waste


(From left) Sunway Putra Hotel catering sales executive Cheryl Yeo, Sunway Putra Hotel information technology director Ooi Li Sen, Nik Suzila, Monks and Sunway Putra Hotel engineering admin officer Gaithiri Subramaniam during the ‘Bin it to Win it’ challenge winners at Sunway Putra Hotel.

SUNWAY Putra Hotel employees successfully collected more than 500kg of fabric under an initiative to increase awareness among its employees on the importance of donating used fabric.

Following its partnership with Kloth Cares, the hotel’s “Bin it to win it!” challenge saw three employees with the highest collection of donated fabric chosen as winners.

A permanent Kloth Cares bin was placed in the hotel for employees to donate their used linen, clothes and soft toys.

The donated items will be collected on a monthly basis.

In the span of two weeks, more than 500kg of linen and old textiles were collected.

The third, second and first place winners won stays at Sunway Georgetown, Sunway Phnom Penh and Sunway Hotel Hanoi, respectively.

Sunway Putra Hotel general manager Michael Monks said,

“I am happy to know all Sunway Putra Hotel employees were

willing to donate and hopefully with this initiative, employees are more aware of the necessity of responsible consumption.

“Our aim is to collect at least 2,200kg of unwanted fabric by the end of year 2021,” he said.

Kloth Cares co-founder Nik Suzila Hassan said textile waste was a real problem as Malaysia produced about 2 million kg of textile waste daily, making up 5% of all solid waste.

“In just the span of 15 months, we have collected close to 400,000kg of unwanted textiles and we pledge to collect more than 2 million kg in 36 months.

“Following our collaboration with Sunway Hotels and Resorts last year, Sunway Hotels have donated more than 10,000kg of unwanted linen in a span of six months,” she said.

Sunway Hotels and Resorts teamed up with Kloth Cares, a Malaysian social enterprise which aims to keep used fabric and plastic away from landfills through reusing, rethinking, reducing, repurposing and recycling.

The initiative by Sunway Hotels and Resorts is part of the #Sunwayforgood movement,

a commitment towards the

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mainly SDG2 that focuses on Zero Hunger and SDG12 that focuses on Responsible Consumption and Production.

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