Florida charity helps recycle 375 tons of unused hotel soap

We’ve all seen them – those little bars of soap and tiny bottles of shampoo that hotels offer as amenities. But what happens to them after our visit?

They generally wind up in landfills.

A charity called Clean the World is doing something about this.

This Florida charity recently collected 375 tons of unused soaps and shampoos from 400 hotels in the US and Canada  – including Walt Disney World Resorts, Harrah´s Entertainment, Mandarin Oriental, Westgate Resorts and Four Seasons. This was then recycled it into six million bars of soap. After putting them through a sanitation and rebatching process, they were  reformed into new soaps at recycling operation centers in Orlando and Vancouver. Bottles of shampoo and conditioner were also sanitized for distribution.

The recycled soap bars were distributed globally to the needy through partnerships with organizations like Floating Doctors, Cap Haitien Health Network operating in Haiti, and World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization that’s helped deliver hundreds of pallets of soap to homeless shelters, women´s shelters and missions in the United States.  Soaps have been delivered to more than 30 countries worldwide, including Haiti, Pakistan, Armenia, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Uganda, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

Founded in 2009 and dedicated to promoting proper hygiene and reducing landfill waste caused by discarded hotel amenities, Clean the World has stepped up to make a difference and keep still-useful products out of our landfills. Let’s see who else in the hotelier industry jumps on this environmental bandwagon, and how soon.


One Response

  1. I live in Eastern Canada and travel a lot due to my job. Like many of the rellated sites, I too wonder what happens to the once or twice used bar of Soap which gets tossed. Therefore, I have been thinking about turning this into a business and would like to start a Soap recycling company in Eastern Canada and I’m looking for more information.

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