Ever wonder what hotels and bed and breakfasts do with all those left behind barely used soaps and bottles of shampoo and conditioner? Does it bother you about all that extra refuse going into the landfill? Well, it bothered us here at Hamanassett. Many times we considered going to large size bottles or using dispensers in the shower but were afraid it may appear tacky to our upscale guests. Finally we found the solution when we discovered the Clean the World Foundation.
Clean the World recycles soap and saves lives. Impoverished people around the world die every day from acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease because they have no soap. The death toll is staggering. Each year more than five million lives are lost to these diseases with the majority of deaths being among children less than five years old. Studies have shown that simple hand washing substantially reduces the spread of these diseases. Unfortunately, the essential items for proper hand washing are unobtainable for millions of people worldwide. In an effort to prevent these needless deaths from occurring, Clean the World distributes recycled soap products, along with appropriate educational materials, to impoverished countries worldwide, and to domestic homeless shelters. Clean the World is committed to maintaining an environmentally and hygienically safe recycling process. 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.
And as you read this, realize that Clean the World is just getting started. Children and families throughout the United States and around the globe are counting on them and the growing community of hospitality industry partners to advance their “hygiene revolution” worldwide. If you are interested in learning more about the Clean The World program and how you can help, go to www. cleantheworld.org