Snapshot: One Client’s Trash Becomes Another’s Treasure

What happens to all those inexpensive beach toys that clients purchase during their visit to Hawaii?


What happens to all those inexpensive beach toys that clients purchase during their visit to Hawaii? The eco-friendly folks at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach have an answer.

Instead of throwing out the air mattresses, grass beach mats and plastic bodyboards at the end of their vacation, guests can simply leave them in their hotel room for the housekeeping staff to collect. Outrigger donates them to an entrepreneurial company called Kini Beach, which transforms the materials into chic handbags, totes and canoe paddle covers for sale in stores on Oahu, Maui and Kauai.

More recently, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, Westin Moana Surfrider and Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa have joined the eco-craze by donating their own guests’ leftover playthings to Kini Beach as well.


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