As health care workers we know that one of the easiest ways to save a life is to wash our hands. We make soap available at every sink in every nook and cranny of the facility because hand washing is that important.
Every time I stay in a hotel I leave with at least one packaged bar of hotel soap. I keep a bar in my overnight kit, one in my glove box and one in my fishing tackle box. You never know when you might need a little soap.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the partially used bar of soap you leave behind when you checkout of a hotel. I haven’t but I recently read a story about a company that is repurposing those bars of soap to save lives.
There’s a company that has contracted with over 4,000 hotels in the US to collect and “recycle” used soap. The company runs the used soap through a shredder then a special wash that removes any bacteria. Once the soap is “clean”it is pressed into new bars and packaged for delivery. The soap is then shipped to developing countries.
Saving lives one bar of soap at a time.