In effort to increase awareness of sustainability, Alila Bali just rolled out ‘Giving Bag’ program; encouraging their guests to play part in the resort’s environmental and community efforts.
Giving Bag is a sustainable hotel amenities placed in each guestroom of Alila Bali’s properties, in which guests are encouraged to donate any unneeded and gently used items at the end of their stay. These left-behind items are then collected and directly given to local charities annually, bypassing the lost and found.
Since January 2019, all four Alila resorts in Bali have implemented this simple initiative designed to reuse and recycle items while making a real difference to those in need. Furthermore, in line with Alila’s commitment to support local suppliers, all Giving Bags used are locally produced by Bali-based vendor Tri Cinta Bumi.
At Alila Seminyak, the Giving Bag is made available in the resort’s premium suites. All items collected are donated to YPAC SLB-D, a special education school for children with physical or intellectual disabilities. At Alila Manggis, the Giving Bag can be found in all guestrooms. All gently used items collected are donated to Yayasan Bali Kumara, a foundation that is focused on the education and health of children from disadvantaged families. Alila Ubud provides the Giving Bag in all of its villa accommodation and donates all items collected to KIM School in Ubud, formerly known as Sari Hati School. This non-governmental organisation works with children with special needs such as autism and Down syndrome with the aim of teaching the children basic self-care and life skills so that they can gain some independence. Last but not least, the Giving Bag can be found throughout all villas at Alila Villas Uluwatu, which then donates the collected items to Bali Life Foundation; a home that provides housing, education and health care to orphaned, abandoned and rejected children from the age of 5 to 15 in Bali.
A simple yet sustainable solution to reusing and recycling unneeded items for the benefit of those in greater need, Alila Bali’s Giving Bag allows guests to journey home with not only lighter luggage but also a lighter heart.