H3Rs Giveaways Program powered by PAPAYAPATHS

H3Rs Giveaways Program powered by PAPAYAPATHS: Recycle Hotels leftovers for and towards meaningful impact

SingapurSingapore, and other Asia Pacific, Singapur
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Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The hotel industry covers the entire sustainability spectrum. Reducing waste is a serious and current issue.  H3Rs Giveaways program helps hotel reduce, reuse and recycle their good waste via donations to those who need it the most.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

what if 50% of hotels in apac could demonstrate a minimum of 50% wastage reduction and their donations impact by December 31st 2017?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Hotels have a lot of regular leftovers due to their stringent refurbishing cycles or following client on-site events. Hotels have to replace many things on a regular basis: mattress, pillow, duvet cover, furniture, room amenities, etc. Hotels also are often left with marketing items after hosting events (MICE): pens, notepads, water bottles, etc. So many items can benefit so many people if they reach the right hands, rather than becoming waste

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

PAPAYAPATHS H3Rs platform helps hotels manage their leftover giveaways by connecting them with eligible entities that really help the local communities. The 2 ultimate goals are: 1. To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle towards lesser and lesser waste, 2. To give/donate to those who need it the most.


No awards and honors yet but very encouraging support from hotels, NGOs, charities, social enterprises, AND philanthropic seed funding to keep the program alive. All this within 3 months. Yet we need more funding to keep growing geographically
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

After signing-up and being vetted by H3Rs platform, Hotels will be able to post their leftover giveaways and eligible entities (charities/ NGO) will be able to apply for hotel giveaway donations. Both groups will then manage their donations or requests [type and quantity] from their private dashboard and receive e-mail notifications from new hotel giveaways postings or applications for donations. Once the connection is established through H3Rs platform, both groups can communicate to organise the logistic and best way to benefit from the selected items. Thus they avoid wasting perfectly usable goods which can be of great benefit especially to someone in a less privileged position.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have collaborated with a number of Singapore based hotels and charities, and receive positive response, as captured in testimonial page: http://www.papayapaths.com/h3rs-testimonials/ Hotels are satisfied to be able to donate items to benefit the less privileged and contribute something meaningful for the society. Considering the expensive Singapore is for low income family, the charities are happy to receive items in considerably good condition.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Expanding to more hotels by involving hospitality associations and government. With the increasing demand of green business, climate change initiative, and 3R program (reduce, reuse recycle), there's a good opportunity for this program to be adapted as mandatory policy for hotels in Singapore. We will also approach global hotel chain management from our existing partner to adapt this beyond Singapore.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The platform does not require much overhead but resources to operate and enhance the platform. We have no inventory, assets to look after. We will eventually develop a membership model to complement the sponsorship model.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

We have interviewed a large number of hotels in Singapore and so far none have heard about such a program and all are welcoming it as a clear win-win.

Founding Story

Two like-minded met at an event. Muriel, a mother of two, and Gyneth, a marine conservationist, both agreed that finding reliable information about sustainable accommodations was a challenge. They saw that so much more green enhancements could be implemented within the hospitality industry to improve productivity while benefiting our environment overall. From that discussion, an idea germinated. From the onset, PAPAYAPATHS has focused on sustainability within the hospitality industry, however we wanted to do more by showing specific measurable social and environmental impacts for the local communities. Our interviews and pilot tests convinced us to personally invest to go beyond.


Muriel Co-Founder of the company and full-time dedicated, Gyneth Co-Founder had to unfortunately step-down earlier this year because of serious health reason (We are looking for new partners), Stefan Morrow is our Technical Director and partner investing sweat equity in the company, 5 interns have worked and/or volunteered for us including 1 on board with us now.  Lots of supporting pro-bono help from fabulous folks,  4 Advisory Members, 1 mentor,  Huge support from like-minded associations and hotels,  As mentioned above, we plan/want to employ marginalized skilled persons full-time or part-time.
Value Chain: Where does your work fit into the apparel value chain? [check all that apply]


Your Role: What is your relationship to the apparel industry? [check all that apply]

Advocate/Organizer, Corporate Staff, Researcher, Sourcing Manager / Supply Chain Manager.

Target Population: What stakeholder groups do you engage or empower in your work? [check all that apply]

Brands, Children, Consumers, Corporations, Designers, Researchers, Sourcing Manager / Supply Chain Manager, Supplier - contractor, Supplier - subcontractor, Trading Companies, Women, Youth.

● Intervention Focus: What are you trying to achieve / influence? [check all that apply]

Accountability, Conscious Consumerism, Environmentally Sustainable Practices, Recycling or Circular Economy, Transparency, Other, [please specify].

Lever for Change: Select up to 3 ways your work is helping to transform the industry.

Advocacy, Data, Standards.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Consumers Aren't Motivated to Care: Neither Compelling Reasons Nor Easy Means to Change Consumption Habits.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Disrupt Business as Usual: Target Key Players Who Can Influence the Bottom Line, Transform the Chain into a Web: Link Unlikely Sectors that Open New Pathways to Sustainability.

Innovation Inspiration: When you first conceived of your project, did you think of it as applicable to the apparel industry?


If you answered "no" to the previous question, which industry was your project originally aimed at transforming?

● Replicating in the Apparel Industry: If your project didn't initially target the apparel industry, how are you specifically tailoring it to do so now?
Are you nurturing or inspiring others to be changemakers? If so, how?

Advocating hotels to think beyond business as usual and create impact

● Tell us about the partnerships that enhance your approach. How have you collaborated with others in the industry to increase your impact?

NGOs, Charities, Social Enterprises, Government community-based initiatives, Transport companies, CSR, travel web portal