All that half-used soap and shampoo that’s simply left in the tub when guests check out of their hotel is being put to very good use by a charity called Clean The World.
The charity is recycling these leftovers into new soap and shampoo, and shipping it to developing countries and homeless shelters in the US.
Clean The World says its primary goal is to help developing countries combat the diarrhoeal diseases that cause nearly 1.8 million childhood deaths a year. Proper hygiene practices can help to eliminate these avoidable deaths.
At its laboratory in Florida, Clean The World cooks the soap to remove impurities and then re-shapes it into two-ounce bars. According to its website, it has put more than four million of these bars – as well as 200,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner – back into use, simultaneously eliminating more than 380 tons of waste. About 175 hotels, both luxury and budget, are currently involved in the project.
One of the luxury hotels taking part is the New York Palace in Manhattan. Elvir Dervisevic, Director of Housekeeping, said: “Reducing environmental impact is a priority for us, and Clean The World’s ability to recycle discarded soap was a simple solution for our ‘reduce waste’ team.”
by Andy Moreton