Spa textiles and flip flop supplier, BC SoftWear, has launched a new flip flop recycling initiative to decrease the number of pairs that are thrown away every year.
Flip flogs are an essential part of the guest experience in spas, but they're also a significant contributor to plastic waste. BC Softwear has partnered with waste management organization, First Mile, as well as ethical textiles recycling business, Reskinned, to provide their hotel and spa partners a more sustainable option.
“Through the innovation of these two companies, our flip flops, once they’ve been used by hotel and spa guests, will go on to live another life,” says BC SoftWear CEO and founder, Barbara Cooke. “It’s our way of supporting the circular economy, offering a solution to the serious issue that is flip flop mountain.”
First Mile will arrange the collection of discarded flip flops from Pennyhill Park and South Lodge in low emission electric vehicles, while Reskinned will then link waste management with new technology to recylce the flip flops. The material will be turned into surfaces for children's playgrounds or
While First Mile arranges the collection of discarded flip flops from Pennyhill Park and South Lodge in ultra-low emission electric vehicles, Reskinned then links waste management with new technology to recycle the flips flops, so they can be turned into surfaces for children’s playgrounds and more.
BC SoftWear’s other sustainable initiatives include solar power and recycled water in its manufacturing processes, minimizing plastic wrap in its warehousing, as well as product innovations, such as biodegradable slippers.