People have items to donate and recycle when traveling and staying at hotels. The items that you may not want are greatly needed by others.
Giving Bag gives hotels a way to have a sustainable practice that involves the guests and local community.
The idea came to us after we attended a conference in Las Vegas. Too many conference giveaways and clothing to fit in the carry-on suitcase. We wanted to just leave the items in the room and hope that an employee would keep them, but having graduated from Cornell's School of Hotel Administration, we knew that if we just left the unwanted items in the room, they would end up in the lost and found for 3-6 months even though there was no intention of claiming them.
It just didn't seem fair to anyone. It was a waste of hotel employees' time logging these items in the lost and found, and it was a waste of these perfectly good items that could benefit someone in need.
Out of necessity, Giving Bag was created. The idea is simple: place a bag in hotel rooms, allow guests to leave unwanted items, then recycle and donate those items to local charities and bypass the lost and found.
The idea quickly grew. Interest from hotels showed that people want a sustainable practice to give their items away, but a convenient method just didn't exist.
We are excited to have Giving Bag's hotel recycling program and sustainability practice at every corner of the globe.
Lilia Karimi, co-founder
Quinn Cox, co-founder
We are always looking for Giving Bag ambassadors. Interested in helping spread Giving Bag to the world? Contact us to let us know how you want to help.