Saturday, June 26, 2010

Random, But Interesting: Recycling Soap

Ever wonder what happens to those little nubs of unused soap left over in hotel bathrooms? Honestly, I hadn't before now. I'd never even thought to wonder about it. But there is a nonprofit organization that has.

An estimated 2.6 million bars of soap are discarded in hotels every day, and the Global Soap Project wants to make use of them. Located in Atlanta, Ga; this organization collects used bars of soap from hotels across the Southeast, sanitizes, remolds them, and distributes them to refugee camps in Africa. In these camps, there is a large risk of disease caused by poor sanitation. The site estimates that in Uganda alone, 76,000 children's deaths could have been prevented in a single year if they'd had access to soap and proper hand washing.

It's amazing to me that something that seems so trivial to us can make such a huge difference to someone else. Right now, the scope of their collection is limited to a few hotels in only seven states, but I hope that word of what they are doing travels so that more hotels get involved in contributing to them or that more chapters of the organization are opened to make it more easily accessible to other sections of the country.

If you'd like to learn more about the Global Soap Project, visit their website here.

*I learned about this organization in the June issue of Shape magazine.

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