This year, The Ponte Vineyard Inn has given us an opportunity to experience a lot of firsts here on property: our first overnight guest, the first wedding at The Inn, the first dog to spend the night in one of our pet-friendly rooms, and many others. Last week we were able to experience another “first”: the first time we’ve boxed up all our left-over soap and hotel toiletries to send them to our partner, Clean the World! We built this partnership as part of our value of sustainability. Clean the World helps us reduce waste at Ponte Vineyard Inn while also caring for those who have limited or no access to hygiene products.
Here is how it works:
When you stay at Ponte Vineyard Inn, we encourage you to enjoy your L’Occitane shampoo, conditioner and soap. But when you leave, we encourage you to leave the remaining product behind (who wants a little shriveled soap, anyway?)
After your stay, we gather the soaps and bottles of shampoo and conditioner. We separate them into bins. When they are all full, our wonderful warehouse managers contact Clean the World to get these special bins which they then fill with the left-over products and ship to Clean the World.
Clean the World bins
The soaps then go through a very science-y process of soap sanitization and are finally sent to people in 48 countries who do not have access to proper personal hygiene products. The hope is to save the millions of lives lost each year to acute lower-respiratory infection and other illness caused by a lack of hygiene.
We hope you are able to visit us soon and enjoy Ponte Vineyard Inn. We think you’ll love our soapy products (which feel great in our showers that boast perfect water pressure – no joke!), but remember to leave those cleaning products behind – we have a plan for them!
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