By Terry Trucco
Full disclosure: I love hotel soaps and have been known to wrap up a gently used bar of Malin + Goetz or Miller Harris and take it home. But I don’t always and I’ve wondered – what happens to the hundreds of thousands of lightly used soaps and shampoos hotels collect each week?
Landfills are the final resting place for most. But green-minded hotels looking for alternatives to the trash bin are turning to recycling organizations like Clean the World, based in Orlando, and Global Soap Project, based in Atlanta. The recyclers collect used soaps from hotels, sanitize them and distribute them to people in need in US homeless shelters and overseas.
Hotel soap recycling is in the news. On Earth Day last week Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced an agreement with Clean the World that could bring as many as 500 hotels into the soap-redistribution fold. Starwood’s brands, which touch a lot of bases, include The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, Westin, W, Meridien, Sheraton, Four Points, Element and Aloft. (more…)