Of all the hotel amenities available, the humble bar of bathroom soap would have to be the least utilised.
Don’t get us wrong, we wash our hand vigorously after each and every visit to the porcelain palace but we’re certainly not making our way through an entire block of soap each stay. No one is. Approximately one million bars are discarded daily in the US and roughly five million bars a day worldwide.
So where does it all go? Well, Thrillist has discovered the surprising, but satisfying, answer. If you’re staying at certain hotels your soap will be donated to Clean the World, a company that melts down the masses to make new soap to send to those in need, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill at the same time. Given that thousands die every day from ailments easily prevented through proper hygiene this organisation is doing some amazing work.
Last year they made more than seven million bars of soap that were donated to NGOs and charities like the Red Cross. And those half-used shampoo samples? They’re looked after too. If the bottles are over three quarters full they are included in care packages (that also include toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitiser and more) which are sent to homeless shelters around the world. Empty bottles get recycled.
Around 5000 hotels in the US take part in the program with participants in Macau, Hong Kong and London too.
This article originally appeared on 7Travel.