Sustainable Travel: Celebrating Hilton’s Soap Recycling Initiative Around the World

On Global Handwashing Day, October 15th, Hilton announced a substantial expansion to its soap recycling program in 2020. Next year, more than 5,300 Hilton hotels in 70 countries will recycle soap from their properties in conjunction with NGOs like Clean the World to distribute to communities in need. Currently, soap from Hilton properties has been recycled into more than 10.2 million new bars of soap and placed in the hands of people in more than 127 countries. Thank you to Hilton for partnering with us on this post.

We live in a time where we have to be more aware of the collective impact that we have on the environment and the world around us. For my family, that means, going beyond our standard home recycling, bringing our own bags, walking when possible, and significantly reducing our use of plastics – to regularly joining in compost drop-offs, textile recycling, shopping with intention and aligning our purchases with companies and brands that are making a difference in this world. We can always do better. We can always do more. I thank my seventh-grader (who happens to attend a school rooted in sustainability) for encouraging our family to examine and implement ways in which we can improve. As parents, our children often lead the way.

Like many mothers, I hold the purchasing power in our household the majority of the time. It’s my job to learn about companies committed to reducing their environmental impact while making a substantial difference in underserved communities.

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Exploring with my babies. Antioquia, Colombia 2019

I recently learned about Hilton’s Travel With Purpose program and goals at an event at Hudson Yards in New York City on Global Handwashing Day. Hilton presented “The World’s Most Valuable Collection at the Soap Museum” to shed a bright light on the crucial role that soap plays in reducing the risk of hygiene-related illnesses and hygiene-related deaths in children under the age of five around the world. The installation displayed three-dimensional hand-carved soap sculptures of valuable items (designer shoes, bars of gold and more) illustrating the true value of soap as a life-saving resource and necessity that is often taken for granted. All of the showcased soap sculptures were crafted by carving designer, Daniele Barresi. He even provided a live soap carving at the event – a truly magnificent art to observe!

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In the past decade, Hilton has done so much to keep millions of pounds of soap (from their properties) out of landfills by recycling them into new soap bars for life-saving hygiene kits alongside partners like Clean the World. Hilton’s soap-recycling program (the largest in the hospitality industry) is a component of the company’s sustainability commitment – redefining sustainable travel through their Travel with Purpose program. Hilton has committed to cutting its environmental footprint in half while doubling its social impact investment by 2030.

It’s incredible to think of leftover soap in a hotel room recycled into a life-saving vehicle for communities where completely preventable hygiene-related illnesses in children can be halted by access to soap. Indeed a valuable lesson to bring home.

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Hilton Garden Inn Garden Getaway Tour

From exciting family adventures far away from home, to romantic weekend getaways and spontaneous staycations – Hilton Garden Inn has set out to inspire travelers to make those vacations happen. They’ve just kicked off a national Garden Getaway Tour offering amazing giveaways, including an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii!

To showcase the vibrancy and garden theme of Hilton Garden Inn’s 600 plus locations, alongside amazing travel destinations – tour visitors will be greeted by Garden Getaway Greeters, adorned in live floral fashions, representing iconic travel spots.  We joined in on the excitement at their first stop in NYC, and the floral garments are impressive!  Intricately comprised of flowers, leaves, seeds and bark – we left dreaming of our next adventure.

Hilton Garden Inn Garden Getaway TourJoin in on the fun and enter to win that luxe Hawaiian vacation by catching the tour in New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles and Chicago.  Simply snap a photo with a Garden Getaway Greeter using #HGIGardenGiveaway and #entry, and share on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to be automatically entered for a chance to win.  Find all details on the Official Rules Page.

Best of Luck!

Marino Bambinos received a complimentary stay at Hilton Garden Inn.

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Introducing Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

My family’s recent memories of Universal Orlando are filled with cherished experiences – and my little guy is still drawing pictures of the time that he met a minion.  As true beach lovers, Universal Orlando continues to tempt us with another visit as they just welcomed the on-site Cabana Bay Beach Resort.  The resort is modeled upon the iconic beach resorts from the 1950’s and 60’s – evoking a nostalgic-retro beach resort experience.  Boasting stunning views, retro-inspired architecture and sweeping vistas – guests are treated to incredible amenities in a relaxing family-focused atmosphere.

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This moderately-priced property offering many amenities including:

      • a 10-lane Galaxy Bowl bowling alley
      • A state of the art Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio
      • A dive tower waterslide and 10,000 square foot zero-entry pool in the Cabana Courtyard
      • retro-themed lounges with specialty cocktail menus
      • A delicious Bayliner Diner featuring both healthy food, hearty burgers and grab-and-go items
      • More incredible amenities arriving this summer including a second 8,000-square-foot zero entry pool, Universal Orlando’s first lazy river at an on-site hotel, The Hideaway Bar & Grill, and additional moderately-priced family suite and value priced standard guest rooms.  At completion, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will feature a total of 1,800 rooms – 900 family suite and 900 standard guest rooms.

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The Cabana Bay Beach Resort is newly open as of yesterday –  for guest to create additional memories outside of the theme park.  Guest can enjoy many on-site hotel benefits including early park admission to The popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter. To learn more about Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort visit www.universalorlando.com and follow along on Facebook and Twitter

I was not compensated for this post  – I recently collaborated with Universal Orlando on theme park and Blue Man Group reviews. Opinions, as always, are my own.

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