United customers can help us clean the world
Updated October 26, 2016
Today, employees from our domestic hubs came together to assemble 15,000 hygiene kits with items from unused amenity kits. Learn more about how we're making a difference in our community and around the globe in partnership with Clean the World.
Uniting for a healthier world
Hand sanitizer, facial cleanser, toothpaste — while our customers love these items we provide in our premium cabin amenity kits, sometimes they leave them behind without using them. Now, we'll be able to donate the discarded items to those in need around the globe through our partnership with Clean the World.
Once the discarded hygiene products are collected, the innovative non-profit organization refurbishes and distributes them to those in need, leading to the prevention of millions of hygiene-related deaths each year, and a reduced morbidity rate for hygiene-related illnesses, while also reducing environmental waste.
Clean the World works with thousands of hotels around the globe, but United is the first airline to partner with the organization. "We are excited to partner with United and eager to include the airline's amenity kit items among the gifts of good health our hygiene kits provide to children and their families around the world," said Shawn Seipler, Clean the World founder and executive director.
We began collecting unused amenity kit items from our hub airports for distribution to Clean the World facilities this past spring, and we expect to collect more than 60,000 pounds of material that otherwise would go to landfills within the first year of the program. Today and tomorrow , employees from our domestic hubs and London airport will be gathering to assemble thousands of new kits — which will include soaps, shampoos and other hygiene products — for distribution. These kits will be distributed to several charities. By working with Clean the World, we are putting items from our unused amenity kits into the hands of the people in our local communities, and around the globe, who need them most. We're uniting for a healthier and cleaner world.
"Being a responsible and sustainable airline means more than investing in products and services that reduce our impact on the environment," said Maria Walter, United's managing director of product development and brand management. "It means working directly with our employees and partners to improve the lifecycle of those products and the communities we serve."
Visit United Eco-Skies for more information on our commitment to the environment.