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What if I told you that your unused hotel soap could save lives? The Global Soap Project is a nonprofit organization with a simple, yet brilliant idea to improve global health -– they recover and recycle soap from US hotels that would otherwise end up in landfills. This soap is then cleaned, processed and delivered to vulnerable populations in Africa and other impoverished parts of the world.
Why soap? Approximately 2.4 million children die from sanitation and hygiene related illnesses every single year. Having proper hygiene by using antibacterial soap can make all the difference in the world when it comes to preventing these diseases. A staggering 2.6 million soap bars are thrown away every day in the United States hotels alone, so what better way to use these unwanted soap remnants than putting it to good use in other countries?
Currently, more than 600 hotels in the US are participating in the Global Soap Project. The soap is distributed in needy areas via various NGOs as well as faith-based organizations. The Global Soap Project is saving lives through their ingenious idea while also reducing US hotel waste. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.
To find out more about the Global Soap Project or ways to get involved check out their website: http://www.globalsoap.org