Your Unused Hilton Hotel Soap Is Going To A Good Cause
By Victoria M. Walker
Do you leave behind soap in your hotel room or do you take it with you? Hilton has announced that it will recycle bars of soap left behind by guests in an effort to donate to communities in need.
Hilton has partnered with nonprofit Clean The World to collect soap bars left behind by guests. They will be recycled into 1 million new bars of soap by Global Handwashing Day, which is October 15. The soap will then be distributed to people who need it.
The Hilton brand, which consists of Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton, Homewood Suites, and Home2 Suites hotels, says its the first hotelier to recycle soap.
“As one of the world’s most hospitable companies, we are always looking for ways to have a positive impact in the communities where we develop and serve millions of guests each year,” Bill Duncan, an executive, said in a press release.
Hilton recycled nearly eight million bars of soap, which is then crushed, sanitized and cut into new soap bars, according to the press release.
And those bathroom amenities you either take with you or leave behind after your stay? They are repurposed for hygiene kits or recycled also.
Hilton entered into a partnership with Clean The World in 2018 and said it would aim to send zero bars of soap to landfills by 2030. It is committed to cutting cut its environmental footprint in half.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 2.5 billion people (or more than 35 percent of the world’s population) lack access to improved sanitation. Worldwide, 780 million people do not have access to an improved water source.
Victoria M. Walker
Victoria M. Walker is an award-winning multimedia journalist and full-time lecturer in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at her alma mater, Howard University. She was previously the breaking news and viral content video editor at The Washington Post.