Hilton hotels will collect used bars of soap from guest rooms across its hotels and recycle them into 1 million new bars of soap by October 15, Global Handwashing Day.
It may sound disgusting. But it’s really not. The used soap is “crushed, sanitized and cut into new soap bars,” Hilton says.
The hotel chain will give the used soap bars to the charity Clean the World to distribute to communities in need.
Clean the World was founded in 2009 with a mission to save lives and protect the environment by providing recycled soap and other hygienic products to families in need.
In partnership with Hilton, they have distributed 7.6 million bars of recycled soap over the past decade, keeping 2 million pounds of soap and bottles out of landfills.
But now Hilton wants to stop all of their soap bars going to landfill.
“As one of the world’s most hospitable companies, we are always looking for ways to have a positive impact in the communities where we develop and serve millions of guests each year,” Bill Duncan, Hilton’s global head of All Suites and Focused Service says.
“Our hotels were among the first in the industry to participate in soap recycling and have remained leaders in the global hygiene revolution, making the world a more hospitable place by empowering our Team Members and guests to eradicate preventable hygiene-related illnesses.”