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Diversey Reaches Out to Covid-19 Areas with ‘Hotel Discard Linen’ Face Masks

June 25, 2020


Diversey, the leading provider of smart, sustainable solutions for cleaning and hygiene, has launched a social uplift program for repurposing linen waste into protective gear for the most vulnerable local communities affected by Covid-19 across 11 nations worldwide.

Mumbai, 2nd July, 2020: Diversey, supported by its partner hotels, has launched a Linens For Life program in India with the objective of empowering people impacted by disasters. With this program, Diversey has demonstrated how it has successfully joined the global community in the fight against Covid-19, together with its customer hotels and partner NGOs, and supporting society as a whole.

With this program, families can increase their income by converting linens discarded by hotels into new and useful items which they can sell. At present, there are 23 ongoing Linens For Life face mask projects in 11 nations across Asia, Europe and Latin America. About 45 hotels have partnered with Diversey in the program that has provided over 400,000 masks to local communities and hospitals in Covid-19-affected areas.

Diversey has worked on this program in countries across the world, including Greece, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, apart from India, to support the lives of people affected by disaster, as also disabled children and the elderly.

Diversey-India, in association with Doctors For You, has created and distributed over 62,000 masks from the linen donated by Novotel and OYO. They have worked in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Punjab and Delhi.

How the program works

Linen that is discarded   — or condemned — by hotels is collected at zero cost and distributed by Diversey’s partner NGOs, while Diversey arranges for manpower to run the Linens For Life program, providing sewing machines, training people looking to earn money through preparing these masks and also, later, distributing them to the affected communities.

The program also benefits hotels that partner with Diversey in several ways, such as reducing waste disposal costs, creating brand image, employee engagement, guest satisfaction and a sustainable development commitment. Not only that, but the program also helps in protecting the environment in a big way by reducing water consumption and CO2 emission levels.

‘Masks are first line of defence’

‘Masks are the first line of defence against the virus and it’s critical to ensure that there’s no shortage. Thanks, Diversey-India, for allowing us to contribute to this noble endeavour’

Ritesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes

Objectives of Linens For Life

Providing hotel partners with a meaningful way to recycle used linen that helps their local communities
Providing a livelihood to local communities through their creative work in converting used linen into items for sale
Providing linen for use during disasters to help affected people

About Diversey India Hygiene Pvt Ltd: Diversey is one of the few global brands in the industry which provides end to end solution for all hygiene needs to any business sector we deal with, this includes healthcare and pharma.  Diversey’s purpose is to protect and care for people every day. Diversey has been, and always will be, a pioneer and facilitator for life. We constantly seek to deliver revolutionary cleaning and hygiene technologies that provide total confidence to customers across all our global sectors.

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Catherine (Katy) Abernathy

Vice President, Corporate Communications