Soap is one of the most important yet underrated tools in the fight against disease and malnutrition. By recycling hotel soap, Soap Cycling is able to take something that is otherwise filling our landfills and recycle it into something that can save the lives of thousands of children each year.
Anti-bacterial properties of soap act to keep people away from germs when used in handwashing, thus improving sanitation in poor regions. Handwashing with soap significantly reduces the impact of two fatal diseases: acute respiratory infection (e.g., pneumonia) and diarrheal disease.
According to UNICEF, there is consistent evidence that handwashing with soap at critical times — including before eating or preparing food and after using the toilet can reduce diarrheal risk by about 45%.
Over two million bars of soap are thrown away each year, just by hotels in Hong Kong alone. By collecting this soap, Soap Cycling is helping to eliminate thousands of pounds of chemical waste from our landfills each month.
Soap Cycling is a non-profit organization which aims to reduce preventable child deaths in Southeast Asian countries and to contribute to the overall MDG4 target of reducing the under-five mortality rate. Soap Cycling establishes long term collaborations with hotels to collect, recycle and then distribute their used soap. The soap is distributed through their partner NGOs primarily to disadvantaged youth in underprivileged areas in Asia.
What you can do to help: You can help — and get involved with — Soap Cycling in many different ways. Among others, you could opt to donate to help them increase their impact, you could devote time as a volunteer, you could donate soap, and if you’re a student, you could do a student internship with Soap Cycling. Also, even if you cannot donate or volunteer, you would help if you spread the word about Soap Cycling and their cause.
Volunteer: Soap Cycling offers a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for individuals, families and corporate groups to participate directly in saving the lives of young children. Soap Cycling’s warehouse is conveniently located within a five-minute walk from the Kwai Fong MTR station, making them easily accessible from anywhere in Hong Kong.
Fill in the form in the attached link now if you want to join Soap Cycling as a volunteer.
Set up your own soap recycling operations: If you’re interested in learning more about how you can begin similar soap recycling operations in your area, complete this form and you will receive your guidebook Guide to Soap Recycling.
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