Soap Aid, recycled soap helps save lives

By Efrosini Costa

Soap Aid, recycled soap helps save lives
Ever wondered what happens to the discarded soap bars left behind in hotel rooms? One charity is hoping to save lives in the third world, one used soap bar at a time.

“Across the globe, 2.6 billion impoverished people lack adequate sanitation,” says Michael Matulik from charity Soap Aid.

“It is estimated that 1.8 million children under the age of five die each year due to hygiene related illnesses such as acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease,” the CEO of Concept Amenities, a leader in the supply of environmentally responsible guest bath amenities said.

“However, by the simple act of hand-washing with a bar of soap we could potentially reduce the number of these cases by over 40 per cent.”

This is where the hospitality industry can help, Matulik argues. Every day, thousands of hotels around the world discard millions of pieces of soap, which often ends up in already overflowing landfills.”

Soap Aid allows such hotels and businesses to ‘donate’ this waste soap, reprocess it and said it to where it can make a difference most, in developing countries.

The entire process is safe and hygienic as it removes impurities and recast the soap into perfect news bars with the Soap Aid logo.

So far Soap Aid has recycled 250,000 bars of soap. ““With the help of others in our industry, we can save millions of lives together.”

You can get involved or invite your favourite hotel to donate their waste soap via the only form on




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