“Clean the World Recycles Soap and Saves Lives!”
Everyone knows that there is a tremendous amount of unavoidable waste in the hospitality business. Particularly when it comes to bath products. Thousands, if not millions, of barely-used bars of soap and partially-used bottles of shampoo, condititioner and body lotion get thrown away each and every day. Meanwhile, impoverished people around the world die every day from acute respiratory infection and disease because they don’t have any soap! Each year more than five million lives are lost to these diseases with the majority of deaths being among children aged less than five years old. The simple basic act of hand-washing substantially reduces the spread of these diseases; yet, the essential items for proper hand-washing – SOAP – are unobtainable for millions of people worldwide.
However, there’s now an ingenius non-profit organisation called Clean the World that works with hotels across the country to recycle those partially-used beauty products in an environmentally and hygienically-approved fashion. Collected bottles of shampoo and bars of soap get sanitized and reformed into usable product for Third World Countries and domestic homeless shelters.
As a part of our Green Initiatives philosophy, the ACE Conference Center is a proud hospitality partner with Clean the World’s soap collection program.
As the world’s first, high volume soap recycler, Clean the World ensures that all bars of soap recycled and distributed domestically and abroad are completely safe and will not harm the end user due to disease or pathogens that can be transmitted if proper re-purposing does not exist. Clean the World worked with ACE to educate our staff on the how-to’s of their soap recycling program, providing containers which our housekeeping staff uses weekly to deposit partially-used bars of soap. Once collected, the soap is taken to a Soap Recycling plant located just outside of Washington, D.C. to be re-batched and sterilized. Re-batching applies to 10% moderately to heavily used bars of soap. The soap is cooked to remove all impurities, then re-formed into 2-ounce bars. Then they sanitize 90% of the slightly used bars by soaking the bars in a sanitizing solution, and then treating the bars with a steam/pressure combination. Once sterilized and re-formed, bars of soap are then shipped to countries like Haiti, Guatamala and Ethiopia, among others, where they’re distributed to villages, schools and churches for immediate use.
For more information on the program please go to www.cleantheworld.org.