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How Recycling Hotel Soap Is Helping Third World Nations

If you have ever been to a hotel, more than likely you have noticed their miniature sized bottle of showering products. Great if you are in a pinch and forget your own personal products, but sometimes these favors never are used.

So, what happens to these tiny bottles of soap and shampoo? Well, they become a part of an Orlando-based project called Clean the World. The company collects unused soap and melts them down to create new bars. After the product is new again, they then send them to impoverished countries.

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Clean the World’s efforts have saved space in local landfills and have given people the chance to receive needed products. Shawn Spieler, the founder of the company came up with the idea when he was staying at a hotel and asked the front desk what they do with all the left over soap. According to the company’s website, most of the products ended up being thrown away.

 

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In order to obtain the unused products, the company pays partnered hotels 50 cents per room per month in order to recycle the products. Once the products are received in their warehouse, they reform the bars and send them off to companies like the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

 

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Bars of soap are not the only item that gets sent. Over 20,000 volunteers inspect body wash bottles, conditioner, shampoo, as well as other hygiene kits that then gets sent to homeless shelters. It is estimate that last year, the company sent out more than 400,000 hygiene kits and 7 million bars of soap.

 

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Currently, about 5,000 hotels participate in their program in the United States. Each hotel that is involved in the collection places a card in their customer’s rooms about the project.

Clean the World is hoping to expand throughout the upcoming years. Check out more on this fantastic company, what hotels participate in the efforts and what you can do to help by clicking here.

 

Sarah Harley is a Hufflepuff living in the NYC area. When she is not talking to random animals or collecting stickers, she is a comedy writer working in television production. Tweet her at @lumpyspacederp