Together we can do more: Waste

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

In a previous post, we looked at the hotel industry collaboration on water; this time we’ll look at creative partnerships on waste.

This September, Radisson Blu hotels around the world launched Soap for Hope, a unique and collaborative program that recycles and reprocesses used soaps and distributes them to local communities.

The brilliantly simple idea, defined by Sealed Air (a global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection), brings together three parties: local hotel(s), the local Sealed Air organization and a local community organization. Sealed Air provides the easy-to-use soap press and soap disinfecting chemicals.

Soap for Hope’s objectives are three-fold – to save lives by giving free soap to communities that have no or limited access to soap; to provide livelihoods to the local community through soap-recycling; and to help hotels reduce waste and protect the environment through recycling soap.

An important aim of Soap for Hope is the local skill building and capacity for the local soap makers to earn some additional income. Such an income can be enough to send a family’s children to school.

Soap for Hope is a program that creates true shared value, good for business and for the local community. It takes waste and effluent out of the waste stream and, by providing local access to better hygiene, it aligns perfectly with Radisson Blu’s care for Water Mindfulness with Blu Planet.”

Soap for Hope avoids 1.5 to 2 tons of waste per year per hotel. For all our 44 Radisson Blu’s participating in Soap for Hope, that’s 66 tons per year or 24 African forest elephants. As a person needs about 120 grams of soap per month (according to the World Health Organization), Soap for Hope in our Radisson Blu hotels can supply 45,000 people with soap for one year.

  • Watch the clip of the Soap for Hope launch in Cebu, Philippines
  • A list of our participating Radisson Blu hotels
  •  In many locations, hotels from various brands work together to provide soaps to the local communities. It is also a great example of collaboration in the supply chain to create shared value in communities around the world.
  • More on Soap for Hope from the Sealed Air 
  • Around the world, different alternative soap recycling schemes exist, such as Clean the World, often with centralized soap processing and overseas distribution of the new soap bars