Did you know that in the last two years 7 million children around the world have died from disease that could have been prevented with proper hygiene? At the same time, hotels worldwide throw away tons of partially used soaps and shampoos. It’s estimated in the United States alone, 2.6 million soap bars are discarded every day. A program that gives new life to used hotel soap is now getting a major boost. Hilton Hotels is donating $1.3 million dollars to the Global Soap Project, a program that donates soap to people in need around the world.
The Global Soap Project collects and recycles soap from hotels that would normally be thrown in the landfill. The group remolds used soap into new bars and distributes the soap to vulnerable people in developing areas around the world. More than 300 hotels across the U.S. are donating soap to the project. Since 2009, more than 25 tons of soap has been donated to vulnerable communities in 20 countries.
Hilton will be donating soap from its hotels and investing money to help expand operations of the Global Soap Project. Hilton estimates the partnership will result in the donation of 1 million four-ounce bars of soap that would have ended up in landfills.