As an avid traveler, I have often wondered what happens to all the used amenities from hotels, around the world, such as hotel soap. I used to manage an Econo Lodge & Suites, so I know that we threw all of ours out. I had no idea, at the time, that anything could be done with them. As a traveler, my thought was: “If I take them home, it’s less of a waste.” And that’s where I stopped thinking about it; until I heard about The Global Soap Project.
Founded in Atlanta, in 2009, by Derreck and Sarah Kayongo, the Global Soap Project collects and recycles used bars of soap, and other amenities, from hotels, and sends the new products out to more than 30 countries around the world, which desperately need soap. In their first four years, the Global Soap Project delivered more than 2 million bars of soap, to populations in need, and diverted 500,000 pounds of soap from landfills. I was shocked to hear that the leading cause of death for children in developing countries are hygiene related illnesses. Hand washing with soap is the single most effective way of preventing those deaths. We often take for granted, here in North America, the simplest of things: a bar of soap, clean water, and easy access to food. I am honoured that Derreck took the time, to answer my questions, about the Global Soap Project:
As we near the end of the year, we encourage folk to keep Global Soap in mind as they consider charitable giving that in this case answers both a global health issue and the environment. Hygiene Health is especially important today given the Ebola problem we see in Africa which could easily find itself here in our hemisphere. Secondly we encourage those concerned to contact us about participating in the upcoming Global Hand washing Day (Oct. 15th) activities. Lastly if companies or schools want a great speaker they can contact me for a keynote by reaching me at firstname.lastname@example.org.