Hotel Chain Upcycles Retired Bed Linens into Tote Bags

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Marriott hotels in the U.K. have begun recycling retired bed linens into tote bags. Photo: Marriott

The hotel industry goes through tons of bed linens each year, but Marriott International has found a way to reduce the amount of old linens that go to landfills in the United Kingdom. Marriott has teamed up with British luxury accessories brand Lily and Lionel, as well as the social enterprise SleepingBags, to design and produce a limited-edition tote bag made from recycled bed linens.

The design by Lily and Lionel, which features a scene of birds in flight, aims to highlight the environmental goals of the project. SleepingBags, which produces the bags, specializes in turning hotel linens into new products that have stories, and this bag is no exception. Half the money from the sale of the bags also goes to The Prince’s Trust, a nonprofit organization in the U.K. that helps disadvantaged youth.

“If laid end to end, bed linen condemned by the world’s leading hotel chains in one year would go around the world more than twice,” Andy Marks, founder and CEO of SleepingBags, said in a press release. “Reimagining Marriott’s wonderfully soft bed linen to create this tote bag is an enchanting way of making people rethink what waste is. The bag looks great, feels great and has a story to tell.”

Marriott and SleepingBags are also working together to eliminate waste on a larger scale by turning retired bed linens from the hotels into items that can be used again in guest rooms. Hair dryer bags, laundry bags and newspaper bags in Marriott hotels in the U.K. are now being made from the company’s own waste materials, helping to reduce the hotel’s environmental footprint.