Business and frequent travelers, have you ever thought about how many of those little soaps you leave behind in your hotel room after you've used them only a few times? Ever wondered what happens to them?
Hilton has announced that all 750 properties across its All Suites brands will recycle discarded soap and amenity bottles and donate them to reduce hygiene-related illnesses for communities in need.
This is a major expansion – nearly doubling – of what is already the travel industry's largest soap recycling program. 1,370 hotels across Hilton's portfolio will now be participating. And it's the first time in the industry this is required as a brand standard, so all of Hilton's All Suites, including Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton will be part of the program.
Through its partnerships with Clean the World and other organizations, Hilton's hotels have already collected more than a million pounds of partially-used soap! That's been recycled into more than four million new bars of soap.
Here's how your leftover hotel soap and mini shampoo helps people in need: hotels' partially-used soaps and amenities are shipped to Clean the World's collection and recycling centers. There they are processed, remanufactured into new soap bars and prepared for distribution to homeless shelters, community centers and medical facilities in impoverished communities around the world. In addition to supplying the soap, these organizations educate people about the importance of hygiene and hand washing.
In a double win, the program has also prevented more than 570 tons of waste going to landfills.
That's not all this hotel chain is doing for the environment. In addition to its soap recycling program, Hilton's Travel with a Purpose sustainability initiatives include not allowing microbeads in any of its amenities globally.
Hilton President & CEO Christopher J. Nassetta visited a hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador to deliver recycled soap while in the country for a conference (pictured). Here's what he says about his and the company's motivation for the project:
"We are strongly committed to helping communities around the world through our Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility program, including our soap recycling partnership. Nearly two million children die every year from preventable hygiene-related illnesses, and simple hand washing could cut these rates by nearly 50 percent."
Clean the World says this expansion of Hilton's soap recycling program will contribute to saving the lives of thousands of children every year.
We give this program two (clean) thumbs up.