If you've ever completely used up the complimentary shampoo, conditioner or soap you're given in hotel rooms, you're probably one of few who've done so. Usually, before the soap is even all gone, the housekeeper replaces the bottle with a fuller version. Since Shawn Seipler, the founder of Clean the World, used to travel five months out of the year for work, he found himself wondering what happened to his amenities
"I called down to the front desk and asked what they did with all the leftover soap," he told Thrillist. Their answer: They toss it. In fact, according to Thrillist,
He learned that soap can be melted down, reformed and recycled (a method called rebatching). He also figured out a process that can accommodate all bathroom products hospitality companies offer. Today, hotels that partner with Clean the World pay the company 50 cents per room per month to have soaps recycled.
In return, Seipler and his team provide the bins, pick up, delivery shipping and training for housekeeping staff. After being rebatched, the soaps are sent to NGOs and charities like the Red Cross and Salvation Army. The plastic containers are also inspected and recycled.
Clean the World recently shipped 107,520 bars of soap (20 pallets) to our great partner, Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR). This shipment will provide orphanages in war-torn regions with health and hygiene in months to come, and because of your support as well as that of our volunteers, we were able to make this shipment happen. Thank you! #soapsaveslives #volunteers #health #hygiene #onelove #giveback #support #cause #nonprofit #happyholidays #cleantheworld
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.