Did you know that a typical 400-room hotel generates 3.5 metric tons of solid soap waste each year?! Radisson Blu decided to do something about it by joining the so-called Soap for Hope program in partnership with Sealed Air, the leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection.
At each Radisson Blu hotel, using soap bars typically generates up to 1.7 tons of solid soap waste per year. With the Soap for Hope project, these unfinished soap bars will now be recycled for a good cause. Over 7 million children die each year from diseases that can be prevented with simple hand washing. Often these children live in communities who need soap but have no access to it. With Soap for Hope, unfinished soap bars are reprocessed locally and donated to the local community as free health care.
And this is how it works: 23 Radisson Blu hotels around the globe will collect used soap bars and pass them to Sealed Air representatives. Local entrepreneurs are then shown how to recycle the soap using an innovative cold-press method, which takes less than ten minutes to complete and requires no running water or electricity. The used soap is then distributed to local communities.
Soap for Hope has been launched in 62 cities and 22 countries together with 249 partner hotels. To date, 750 tons of used soap has been recycled into 6.2 million new bars and every year, about 400,000 people in local communities benefit from this program. We're very happy to now be a part of it!
By the way, Radisson Blu has many more responsible business initiatives united under the Blu Planet programme, which you can read about here.