"Recycling Hotel Soap"

By KBJR News 1

November 22, 2010 Updated Nov 22, 2010 at 9:05 AM CDT

When staying in a hotel you probably expect to see those little soaps and shampoos that you may not use completely.

In This week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at how a Northland Hotel is giving new life to the old soap.

The little soaps are definitely a convenience when staying in a hotel but frequently the tiny bars are barely used and are simply thrown out. But they don't have to become part of the waste stream. The same thing goes for unfinished shampoo bottles and bedding that's past its hotel use stage.

"We now take our slightly used sheets to DonMilano. We also take our amenities that are half full", said Sherry Kasper, Executive Director Housekeeping.

The used soaps and bed fittings will be re-purposed at the Damiano Center in Duluth for people in need.
The Inn on Lake Superior is committed to its green efforts and goes out of its way to make it easier for guests to recycle.

"They have food waste garbage can also a recycling program. So with their pop cans, they can recycle that", said Sherry.

The recycling efforts are carried to the guest breakfast area as well where guests can deposit food waste in a bin that will go to WLSSD for composting.

The Inn on Lake Superior has taken the environmental pledge; and when you're done in the shower, you can either throw your towel down on the floor to get washed or hang it up to dry to use it next time.
By reusing towels you can save many gallons of water that would be required to wash towels.

"Our whole philosophy is trying to give to the community, try to save on energy", said Sherry.

In Duluth, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, The Northlands Newscenter.

The Inn also buys its coffee from the local source of Alakef Coffee in Duluth.