The Shangri-La Group is upcycling its used bedsheets, duvets, and pillowcases into reusable face masks, which they would distribute to the most vulnerable members of society.

Four Shangri-la hotels in Manila are looking to contribute up to 100,000 reusable face masks, as part of a bigger campaign called “Linens for Life Face Masks” to repurpose used linens in Shangri-la hotels into half a million face coverings, which will be given away in seven countries in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka.

For the project, the hotel chain partnered with Diversey, a leading global hygiene and cleaning company, which spearheads the “Linens for Life” campaign. In the Philippines, they partnered with the Holy Family School of Indang in Cavite.

With the support of NGOs, teachers and parents of the barangay and staffers from The Holy Family School have volunteered to kick-start the program and make thousands of the face masks.

The masks will be distributed to residents of Barangay Harasan and Carasuchi in Indang.

The four hotels in Manila (Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila; Makati Shangri-La; Edsa Shangri-La Manila; and Hotel Jen Manila) join Shangri-La hotels in Cebu, Colombo, Hambantota, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Penang, Surabaya, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok and Yangon to collectively donate 12,500kg of used, clean bedsheets, duvet covers and pillowcases to local NGOs.

The upcycling of the linens also provides Shangri-La a meaningful way to help reduce environmental wastage. If new linen was produced to manufacture half a million fabric face masks, it would have incurred 60 million liters of water (the equivalent of 23 Olympic-size swimming pools) and a carbon footprint of 150 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to 63,000 litres of petrol being combusted. 

“We’re deeply committed to helping our local communities in as many ways as we can. The pandemic has affected each and every one of us and this initiative not only offers some protection from COVID-19 to those most vulnerable,” said John Rice, Vice-President for Operations in the Philippines.

With hygiene and safety being top-of-mind for many, the Shangri-La Group has recently introduced its “Shangri-La Cares” commitment, reinforcing the Group’s efforts to caring for people as they begin to welcome guests back to their hotels and resorts.