Managing waste in hotels is a very difficult thing to do. The high turnover and mindset of guests almost guarantees that lots of energy, products, and water will be spent to accommodate travelers.
Maybe you’ve noticed that hotels almost always seem to have full rolls of toilet paper and brand new wrapped soap for guests when they check in.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the slightly-used rolls and bars or soap?
Every day in the US, a million small bars of soap are thrown away as waste.
But one man, realizing how terrible and non-sustainable this practice was, put forth a plan to put all those wasted bars to good use.
Now, Clean the World collects and repurposes trashed bars of soap so that people in need can have access to hygienic cleaning supplies.
This is Clean the World CEO Shawn Seipler.
He traveled a lot in his previous career, one day realizing just how much waste is created by hotels.
When he learned that it was all just thrown away, he felt compelled to find a better way of doing things.
His company does something called "rebatching."
He learned that many in impoverished areas all over the world face health issues and even early death due to a lack of access to cleaning supplies.
It didn't take Shawn long to dream up a better way of utilizing this waste.
Shawn said in an interview with Thrillist, “Then it was just a matter of figuring out how to get the soap to recycle, and getting into their hands. It was an aha moment, and I realized this was my calling. I called my Puerto Rican relatives and they said ‘let’s do it.’ Pretty soon we were sitting in my garage on pickle buckets with vegetable peelers, cooking soap.”