Hilton has announced that they will be collecting the used bar soaps from their guest rooms across all its hotels to recycle them into new soap bars. The new recycling endeavour will create 1 million new bars of soaps by Global Handwashing Day on Octonber 15th.
The new project is in partnership with Clean the World, a social organization that dedicates itself to sustainability, water sanitization, and health. The organization will help distribute the new soap bars from Hilton to communities in need. Hilton said it will be collecting the soap from its several hotels including the Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Embassy Suites by Hilton, and All Suites brands.
According to Hilton, the used soaps are "crushed, sanitized and cut into new soap bars."
Hilton have had similar initiatives in the past where it also recycles their soap, lotion, and shampoo bottles.
The company has set a goal by 2030 to cut its environmental footprint in half to help the planet. It has also committed to double its social impact investment to motivate positive change within communities. Hilton have made the commitment to zero soap to landfills as part of their goals.
The founder and chief executive officer of Clean The World, Shawn Seipler, said, “as many as 2.3 billion people around the world lack basic sanitation and over 3,500 children die from preventable hygiene-related illnesses every day. This challenge will make a meaningful difference for countless people in need.”
Over the past decade, Hilton's recycling soap program has helped distribute 7.6 millions bars of soap through the Clean the World organization. This has kept 2 million pounds of soap and bottles out of landfills.
The Clean the World organization has previously worked with Mariott, UPS, and Guest Supply, a hotel room toiletries supplier.
Hilton has been amongst the several large companies that have announced their goal to cut their carbon footprint. Coca-Cola have recently announced their goal to collect and recycle their bottles by 2030 as well. Unilever, and Nestlé are the few major companies that are focusing on reusable packaging.
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