Holiday Inn Club Vacations has partnered with Clean The World to recycle partially-used soaps and bottled hygiene products from its resorts for distribution in the developing world as part of a sanitation program.
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills in North America, Asia and Europe.
The soap collected from hotels goes through a sterilisation and recycling process while being re-manufactured into new soap bars. Since 2009, Clean the World said that it has distributed more than 31 million bars of recycled soap in 100 countries.
According to the organisation, on average over 5000 children die every day from hygiene-related illnesses, primarily pneumonia and diarrheal disease, which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. That number was said to have dropped by 30% since Clean the World started providing recycled soap and hygiene education in developing regions seven years ago.
“Clean the World is one of the most respected and highly recognized hospitality sustainability programs in our industry, saving thousands of lives every year through their soap recycling and distribution program,” commented Don Harrill, CEO of Holiday Inn Club Vacations.
“We are making hand washing a lifelong habit for people who either don’t have access to soap or don’t come from a hand washing culture,” explained Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World.
“This partnership with the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand is so important for Clean the World because it provides support for our work around the world, including vital new hygiene programs being developed right now in Kenya and Tanzania,” he added/
The partnership with Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts is expected to divert around 5 tonnes of soap away from landfill each year.
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