Shangri-La Group has partnered with Diversey, a leading global hygiene and
cleaning company, and Holy Family School of Indang in Cavite, Philippines to provide the most vulnerable members of society with face masks, an item now mandatory when one is out in public in The Philippines.

Lani Malacas, a seamstress from Barangay Daine making the face masks in Indang, Cavite.

Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, Makati Shangri-La, Edsa Shangri-La Manila and Hotel Jen Manila are the first hotels in Manila to participate in the Diversey Linens for Life Face Masks programme. The four hotels in 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 bed sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases to local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) to be repurposed into reusable fabric face masks. In some cities such as Yangon, Johor Bahru and Bangkok, the upcycling of masks will also generate employment opportunities for members in low socio-economic community groups.

In Manila, the four hotels are looking to contribute up to 100,000 reusable face masks for communities in need during this period, with the support of NGOs such as Holy Family School of Indang in Cavite where teachers and parents of the barangay and The Holy Family School have volunteered to kick start the programme and make thousands of the face masks. The masks will then be distributed to residents of Barangay Harasan and Carasuchi in Indang, Cavite.

L-R: Nito Gatus, Estie Gatus and Joel Chua receiving the donated linen from Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, Makati Shangri-La, Edsa Shangri-La and Hotel Jen Manila

The upcycling of clean, used linen into face masks 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 litres 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*.

John Rice, Vice-President for Operations in the Philippines said: “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.”  Juanito Gatus, Chairman of the Board of School Administrator of the Holy Family School of Indang said: “I am glad to be working with Shangri-La Group and Diversey on the Linens for Life Face Mask project which presents us with a wonderful opportunity to extend our help to the community, especially during the ongoing pandemic. This initiative is truly heaven-sent and I am glad that we could be a part of it.”  Ms. Teri Betito, Country Business Director, Diversey Philippines said: “One of Diversey’s global
priorities is to support local communities, particularly during COVID-19. The Linens for Life Face Masks programme is a great example of how Diversey, together with our customer hotels and partner NGO’s is providing simple hygiene items to those who really need them and helping prevent the spread of infection.”

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 we begin welcoming guests back to our hotels and resorts. As part of its ongoing efforts to create a trusted and nurturing environment for guests, the Group has partnered Diversey to implement a series of safety standards and precautionary measures across its hotels.

*The environmental impact figures are gleaned from an independent study by Metabolic in The Netherlands – The figures are taken from the life cycle analysis of cotton and poly-cotton linen and cotton towels used in top hotel chains.

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