Two Nonprofits Helping to Divert Used Linen, Towels to Animal Shelters

by Glenn Hasek May 10, 2011 04:24

In the past two months I have learned about two nonprofit organizations that are working to encourage hoteliers to donate used linens and towels to animal shelters. The two include: Hotel Industry Partnership for Pets (H.I.P. for Pets), and Linens for Animals. Be sure to check out both organizations. By donating used linens and towels to animal shelters you can reduce the flow of waste to landfills and help make shelter stays for animals more comfortable. H.I.P. for Pets makes linen donation easy by matching hotels with the nearest one of 8,200 prescreened animal shelters through the organization’s online database. Hotel operators simply can go to that site and click “Donate Items.” Scott Chapman, a 20-year hospitality veteran, founded H.I.P. for Pets.

Linens for Animals' mission statement is, “Providing Comfort to Animals in Need.” The organization provides comfort and care to animals in need through its nationwide sanitary linen program and its “no kill” animal shelter/sanctuary in McKinney, Texas. In under five years, Linens for Animals, founded by Lori Birdsong, has acquired and donated more than 1.5 million pounds of sanitized linens, inlcuding blankets, towels, underpads and baby blankets to approximately 2,000 rescue groups, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, and shelters in 18 states--helping thousands of animals. Linens for Animals' mission is to expand to every community in the United States.

Clean the World has successfully set up a network of collection facilities and a collection process for partially used soap and shampoo. It certainly makes sense that used towels and linens could be collected in a similar manner and matched with those in need--whether those of the two-footed or four-footed kind. The next time you have used towels and linens, don't throw them away; donate them. Already donating your used towels and linens for other causes? I would love to learn about your efforts. Be sure to leave a comment here. 

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Glenn Hasek is the publisher and editor of Green Lodging News. He has more than 20 years of experience writing about the lodging industry. He can be reached at editor@greenlodgingnews.com or by phone at (813) 510-3868.