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Hotel Bed Sheets Upcycled Into Limited Edition Tote Bags

Marriott repurposes their old linen for guests instead of sending it to the landfill.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on September 3, 2013. @greenidealism

Marriott International has partnered with two British companies to create a limited edition tote bag made entirely from recycle bed linen provided by the Marriott hotels in the UK.

Luxury accessories brand, Lily and Lionel, as well as social enterprise, SleepingBags, are the two companies involved in this first of its kind endeavour. The bags are available to purchase for £20 ($31) and the chain of hotels will be donating at least £10 ($15.5) from the sale of every bag to The Prince’s Trust.

Lily and Lionel, famed for their iconic printed luxury scarf designs headed up the design of the bags, creating dream like scene of birds in flight using a palette of pastel colors which contrast the charcoal grey of the bag.

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Only 1,000 of the designer tote bags will be created, keeping them exclusive

The hotel is not just going to stop at recycled tote bags either – hairdryer, newspaper, and laundry bags made from retired bed linen will also be made available to guest as amenities in their rooms.

The project is part of Sleeping Bag’s goal of reducing landfill and altering the relationship people have with their waste.

Barbara Powell, senior director of Social Responsibility for Marriott International said:

Marriott has a deep-rooted commitment to sustainability and is delighted to launch the Lily and Lionel bag. Not only does the bag look good but it’s also a great example of how we are working with our suppliers to create sustainable products and reduce our environmental footprint.

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