Recycling Soap, Saving Lives on Cape Cod

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Struggling for years to find a responsible alternative to just throwing away the slightly used bath amenities used by our guests, we are pleased to announce that we recently partnered with the “Clean the World” Foundation, which is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Founded in 2009, Clean the World’s mission is to “reduce the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products and prevent the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every year.”

How do they do that, you might ask?

Clean the World implements its mission by:

  1. Collecting, sorting and sanitizing discarded soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion products donated from participating hospitality partners.
  2. Collecting donated hygiene products from manufacturers.
  3. Recycling these product donations at its facilities in Orlando, Florida.
  4. Delivering these recycled product donations to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries suffering from high death rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease.

Becoming a partner at the beginning of April this year, we have already collected enough gently used soap and shampoo to fill two of the large “if it fits, it ships” boxes distributed by the United States Post Office. Though this is just a drop in the bucket in the amount of bath amenities wasted annually in the United States alone, it is a step in the right direction and we are proud to be onboard with other caring hospitality properties around the globe, including Hilton Hotels, Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Sheraton and Mandarin Oriental to name a few.

Their Orlando Recycling Center processes over 10,000 bars a day, and has been certified by TriTech Laboratories, an independent, Florida state-certified environmental lab. Its patented process is certified to be 100% effective. To date, they have collected and distributed over 550 tons of soap, shampoo and other hotel amenities to dozens of countries worldwide including Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Swaziland, Mali, Mongolia, Uganda, Honduras, and Romania. In addition, Clean the World is a natural disaster First Responder. In January 2010, as part of our Haiti Earthquake Relief efforts, they collected and distributed over 150 tons of hygiene products, medical supplies, water, and other essentials to Haiti.

Gilchrist and Soames, the purveyor of high-end bath amenities to the hospitality industry,  recently formed a 3-year partnership with the Clean the World organization and is helping to fund the expansion of its infrastucture. We encourage all fellow inn owners, here on Cape Cod and throughout the country, to sign on as a partner with Clean the World and do your part to “Recycle Soap” and “Save Lives”.  For more information on how to become a partner, visit Gilchrist and Soames website.