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Is Recycling Leftover Hotel Soap a Good Idea?

April 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM | by | ()

Ever wonder where that leftover bar of soap goes when you check out of a hotel? Many housekeepers simply throw them away. Not so at the Stonewall Resort in Weston, West Virginia. They're pairing up with the local Weston WalMart and having their leftover soap recycled to make them good as new.

The hotel will take the used soap from guest rooms and ship it to the Global Soap Project, a nonprofit processing center in Norcross, Georgia. There, the soap is disinfected and transformed into new bars. They'll then be distributed to those in need across the world like Malawi and Sierra Leone. The Weston WalMart will cover the shipping costs.

It's estimated that this year, Stonewall could potentially supply more than 600 pounds of soap to the project. Other hotels across the U.S. are participating as well (around 1,000) particularly the Hampton Inn, Hilton, and Embassy Suites brands and even upscale hotels like the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, NYC's Crosby Street and The Mark hotels, and the Palihouse in West Hollywood.

According to the Global Soap Project, more than 2 million bars of soap are tossed each day by hotels, but 1.4 million deaths can be prevented each year with simple hand washing.

What do you think? A good initiative? Slightly unsavory? Let us know in the comments below!

[Photo: Global Soap Project]

Archived Comments:

Liquid soap a better alternative?

I think it is a great idea. I also think we should work on the fact that we throw away so much. Maybe a liquid soap dispenser in the room would cut down on the waste.

Excellent Idea

Think this is an excellent idea.  I always wondered what happened to all the left soap.