Hilton Reuses Their Soap For Good

Eco-Travel, Travel News — By christinegarvin on November 17, 2011 at 9:53 am

Ever think about what happens to the soap that you use once in a hotel shower and leave sitting in the little soap holder? Well, if you did, you’d probably realize they have to throw the soap away after each guest exits the room.

According to the Global Soap Project, that equals an estimated 2.6-million of soap being discarded each day. That is literally tons of soap each year which gets dumped into the landfill.

So what has the Global Soap Project decided to do about it? Take that unused soap, melt it down, clean it, and cut new bars that can be sent to refugee camps around the world.

Image: mikecogh/Flickr

Hilton has just invested $1.3 million into the project to broaden the group’s processing capabilities, but they aren’t the only ones involved in the project. Over 300 hotels around the world have sent more than 25 tons of soap, including to places like the Republic of South Sudan, where there are skyrocketing infant and mortality rates due in part to sanitation issues.

Looks like the Global Soap Project isn’t the only one working on this area. Clean the World is also working to recycle soap and shampoo from hotels, repackaging them and sending them to impoverished countries around the world, along with domestic homeless shelters.

It’s nice to see some good news that not only is beneficial for people’s health, but also for the environment. Don’t forget, you can do your part to lessen waste by bringing along soap, shampoo, and conditioner when traveling.

Tags: Clean the World, Global Soap Project, Hilton, Hotel, hotel soap, soap recycle


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