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With the current international focus on climate change, the effects it has – and will have in the decades to come – on our planet and humanity as a whole, more and more companies and institutions are making the shift to sustainable and responsible sourcing of products and protocols.

It’s more important than ever for leaders in every industry to make the shift to green products and protocols, to help push for a healthier environment.

That’s why Village n Life is proud to announce that we have partnered with the wonderful Charlotte Rhys to supply our properties with amenities that are recyclable, biodegradable and green.

Charlotte Rhys has long since been at the forefront of sustainable production of their products. Their products are ethically produced, completely biodegradable, free from harmful chemicals, often made with uniquely African ingredients, and their packaging is made from 70% recycled materials.

In addition to all these wonderful qualities, Charlotte Rhys is currently the only South African manufacturer of hotel amenities that have been fully endorsed by the Beauty WIthout Cruelty animal rights organisation.

This means that none of their products are tested on animals – which of course only adds to their promise of ethically produced and sourced products and materials.

Charlotte Rhys’ tagline is ‘luxury with a conscience’, and this fits perfectly with the Village n Life ethos. We want to ensure our guests still experience top class quality and luxury, without having a harmful impact on our natural resources and Mother Earth as a whole.

As we started the rollout of Charlotte Rhys products in our hotels, a few of our executives and other staff members had the wonderful opportunity to visit the state of the art Charlotte Rhys factory in Cape Town, to see first hand how these amazing products are made and recycled.

Our executives and staff were tremendously impressed with how immaculately clean the factory was. Everything was tidy and neat and was functioning like a well oiled machine. The flow of the work line and processes, and how every person bands together to help things run smoothly was more than impressive!

They were also shown the efforts the company goes to to continually invest in new machinery and equipment that helps to streamline and increase production.

They were shown how the factory is able to easily customize products for a specific client, in this case, Village n Life.

But perhaps the most impressive of all was to see the company and specifically the factory’s profound focus on recycling and green initiatives – a revelation that our staff members found awe inspiring.

Because of their intense commitment to recycling, Charlotte Rhys assists clients in their recycling efforts. Their PET (polyethylene terephthalate) recycling chain – under which Village n Life falls under – is streamlined and helps the client with their own recycling efforts of Charlotte Rhys products.

Village n Life will collect the used products/containers of Charlotte Rhys products, after which it will be picked up by the recycling partner, who will then drop it off at the converter manufacturer, after which it will be returned to the Charlotte Rhys factory – and so the cycle continues!

Check out the graph of the recycling process below:

We are very happy to be partnering with Charlotte Rhys and look forward o many more years of sustainable, green partnership with this luxury brand. Luxury with a conscience is something everyone should get behind!

For more information on Charlotte Rhys, their sustainability and green manifesto, or to check out some of their amazing products, head to their website: www.charlotterhys.co.za