Celebrating Eco-Progress: Hilton

It’s been a while since my last installment of Celebrating Eco-Progress — my series of posts dedicated to appreciating companies for adopting or expanding sustainable practices — because I’ve been too pissed off at big business and the 1% to pat them on the back for anything.

However, I still stand by my assertion that providing positive feedback to companies when they do something good is an effective way of encouraging them to do more and more good things.

So, today I applaud Hilton Hotels for a new partnership they’ve struck with Good360.

Via GreenBiz.com:

Hilton Worldwide has found another way to give its surplus and gently used items a second life. The hotel chain is the latest firm to partner with Good360, a nonprofit that channels product donations from companies to charities.

Non-perishable goods likely to come from Hilton properties could range from furniture, bedding and appliances to office equipment, a corporate spokeswoman said yesterday.

Some hotels in the chain are already working with Good360, she said. The corporate partnership provides a formal avenue for others to participate and find a home for usable items that would be discarded when a property replaces its furnishings, redecorates or upgrades equipment.

Very cool! It’s one thing for an organization like Good360 to exist, but companies like Hilton have to make the commitment to work with them.

And just in case you think that Good360 is some small time organization…

Other firms that work with Good360 include The Home Depot, HP, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Williams-Sonoma, Disney and H&M. Good360, originally founded as Gifts-in-Kind in 1983, has distributed more than $7 billion worth of donated products to charities and schools over the past 28 years, according to Kara Kozimor, spokeswoman for the nonprofit.

Meanwhile, less, um, palpable, but just as praiseworthy:

Earlier this month, Hilton announced that it is working with the Global Soap Project to recycle used soap from hotels. The bars of hand and bath soap are collected and reprocessed into new ones for use in crisis areas, such as refugee camps. Hilton also is investing $1.3 million to expand the nonprofit’s soap processing operation.

Keep up the good work, Hilton!

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