Do you ever feel guilty about using those small plastic bottles of lotion or shampoo at your hotel?
Do you know how much soap is wasted by travelers who unwrap a bar, and don’t finish it up?
It’s estimated that the North American lodging industry alone throws away more than a million bars of soap each day. But now, a major hotel group, Georgia-based Atrium Hospitality, is trying to remedy that through a recycling program with a non-profit called Clean the World.
Clean the World says about 2 million children under the age of five die every year due to hygiene-related illnesses. Hand washing with soap is an easy fix that can reduce those deaths by almost 50 percent. The leftovers will be sanitized, and repurposed into life-saving hygiene products for children and families in need across the globe.
All 49 of Atrium’s properties are participating in the leftover amenities collection that is involving 4000 hotels and resorts worldwide.
Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 34 million bars of soap in 100 countries. The Atrium Hospitality initiative aims to produce an estimated 600,000 recycled bars of soap a year.