How Used Hilton Hotel Soaps Get Recycled

How Used Hilton Hotel Soaps Get Recycled


Narrator: There’s an episode
of Friends where Ross and Chandler are checking
out of a hotel in Vermont. Ross: Could you have some
complimentary toiletries sent up to my room? Narrator: As Ross picks
up his suitcase to leave, it bursts open and an
avalanche of mini soaps and lotions comes tumbling out. It’s admittedly a lot of stuff, but not compared to what’s actually left behind in hotel rooms. So what happens to the toiletries that don’t fit into Ross’ suitcase? Shawn Seipler used to stay in around 150 hotel rooms a year. One day, a thought hit him. What happens to all the half-used soaps he leaves behind? When he called the front desk to ask, they told him it all just gets tossed. So in 2009, he started Clean the World out of a one-car garage in Florida. With a few friends, some potato peelers, meat grinders, and cookers, Seipler developed a way to recycle used bars of soap into new,
sterile ones, which can then be donated to children and families around the world who don’t
have easy access to soap. That makes them susceptible
to diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea, which kill almost 1.5 million children under 5 every year but can be prevented by handwashing. Since 2009, Clean the
World has distributed more than 50 million bars of soap
to people in 127 countries. The nonprofit initiative
quickly outgrew the garage and now has recycling
facilities in Orlando, Las Vegas, Montreal and Hong Kong. And it works with 8,000
hotel and resort partners, including Walt Disney World
Hotels, Marriott, and Hilton. Hilton joined forces with
Clean the World in March 2019. In its first seven months, Hilton donated 2 million pounds of
toiletries, which contributed to 7.6 million bars of recycled soap. But how do you clean the
thing that does the cleaning? Here’s how it works. Starting at the hotel,
staff members are trained on the collection and recycling process. Housekeeping collects
the used bars and bottles and deposits them in special bins. The bins are then transported to one of Clean the World’s recycling facilities. There the toiletries are sorted by product before entering the first
stage of the recycling process. For bar soap, it’s first surface cleaned before going through a
sterilization process that eliminates all pathogens. The sterilized bars are then ground up and put through a manufacturing line where they’re remolded into new bars. Once they’re boxed and
loaded onto pallets, the bars are distributed
to homeless shelters and organizations in the US and to people in need around the world. Hilton has pledged to
divert all of its soap from ending up in the trash by 2030. And Clean the World has
kept 20 million pounds of hotel waste from
polluting North American landfills since it was founded. Some hotels are starting
to take a different approach to cutting down
waste by eliminating single-use toiletries
from their rooms entirely, instead opting for bulk offerings. Clean the World knows
that this is a possibility for its hotel partners as well. The plan would be to create
new “impact products” like hygiene kits and
corporate event packages to make up for the potential drop in production and revenue. As of now, Hilton hasn’t decided to make the switch from individual
to bulk toiletries. So if you’re staying in a Hilton hotel or another of Clean the World’s partners, don’t be like Ross. Ross: Instead of taking one, I take six. Narrator: Leave that stuff behind. Your twice-used soaps won’t go to waste.

100 thoughts on “How Used Hilton Hotel Soaps Get Recycled

  1. I'm never using hotel soap again…
    Why would you recycle soap?! Who knows what kind of yeast/fungi infected part they've been rubbed.

  2. I kind of leave behind the soap I used….Something about taking used soap with me feels icky. It won't be totally dry sometimes. If they give me liquid soap I'll def take it with me. I take the bottle of shampoo, toothpaste, and unused toothbrushes. Hotels always give a lot of extras. Used toothbrush and used soap I leave behind.

  3. This can infect a lot of people though…no one knows the kind of diseases those people might have had. So giving others used soap is a bad idea..you can't rid the soap of all kinds of bacteria and virus…I suggest hotels just switch over to liquid soap in bottles. You can def collect those and donate them since most people wouldn't stick their hands into it. They would just pour some onto their hands and bathe. Bar soaps are also harder to use. The liquid kind is better and less harsh on skin as well.

  4. Cleaning the World is doing a great job recycling used soaps. Maybe even better if such effort is put into how to not produce so much waste to begin with. People who take their soaps home are in a way responsible for the waste they have created, and thus such behavior should be encouraged instead of despised.

  5. What I don't understand is why so many people leave their used soap bars laying around for housekeeping to collect. I'd think when packing up to leave, tossing used soap bars in the trash would be an instinctive action one would take when staying in a hotel but I guess not. 😕 #TeamNeat'NClean

  6. This is what you get when you keep moronic government involvement out of things. A great idea that gets fed properly and develops into an amazing company. I hope others are inspired to make similar great things in other areas that need them.

  7. I guess people from third world countries are comfortable using soap that contains a variety of other people's pubic hair and head hair.

  8. Liquid soap is a good solution. If people want bars, I think a blank soap shape of any desirable material can be coated with a thin enough layer of soap to avoid wastage. The blank can possibly be sanitized easily and reused.

  9. Imagine being that one dude in the middle of Africa that gets a bar of soap with a blond pube in it. Not ON it… imbedded deep IN it. You’ve just spent that last 2 weeks washing your face with a pubey ol’ piece of soap. Personally speaking, I’d rather be dirty.

  10. So if a person with hiv spit on they soap and they recycle it than the other soaps will get infected than they will give it to a person that just so happen to cut they finger they used to soap to get the blood of there hands than the cut gets infected with hiv now there life is ruined thanks a lot soap.

  11. A rare kind hearted species of our generation, today its all about corruption and trying to scam people for their money for Greed no matter who they hurt, Bravo

  12. I love this idea and Hilton can also offer free soap to Paris Hilton as she needs a good scrub down there as she is so dirty. She also keeps buying little handbag size dogs and starving them to death because she is sick so as an animal lover myself she deserved the comment about the soap. At least her sister has class.

  13. I loathe when rich people donate essential products. Don't you realize that you are supressing their economies? Let the locals sell the soap please and let them pocket the proceeds. Sometimes charity can have unintended consequences.

  14. But why 2030? Why would it take 10 years to implement? Glad to see this tho. Love seeing people do something about the waste. 👏 way to go clean the world.

  15. Didn’t know this until today. This is amazing! Why isn’t there more press about this! We need more companies that recycle product for the people that need it instead of being money hungry.

  16. How the company gets the money to do this?
    Because this is well paid, facilities in different countries, salaries , distribution etc etc …
    Is this all to GIVE , Charity?
    Is the man a multi millionaire to offer this service to a cleaner world ?

  17. While I find it great that they recycle soaps and send the sterilized and remolded ones to people in need.. its kind of ironic that they put them in plastic bags.. (yes I am aware that plastic is very sterile, but still, if they want to keep the world cleaner they shouldnt use plastic, at least a bio degradeable kind – maybe they do, just saw the bags and that was my immediate reaction)

  18. “Hilton has pledged to divert all of its soap from ending up in the trash by 2030”…. what!!! More than ten years to stop trashing soap?

  19. Soap isn't that expensive to produce, so why not donate new soap to the needy and then recycle the leftovers for Hilton customers. How's that for good ethics?

  20. As long as I don't have to use shit stained soap bar that somebody decided to wipe between their ass crack I don't care what they do with it

  21. Incredible idea / service …… however the sooner the hotels world wide stop using these (components – soap, hair wash, conditioner, shower gel) and use single dispenser for sink wash & shower / bath wash dispenser the better 👌🏻

  22. ? This is actually lazy journalism. Where is the cost comparison of making a new one / donating a new one / funding local manufacturing of new ones vs. Doing this recycling and delivery thing?

  23. This video is so so interesting!! I didn’t know about “Clean the world” and what a man…he’s done such an incredible thing for this world! Hats off 🤭👏🏽
    Much love from Italy

  24. The initiative is really good but it doesn't explain how the soap is actually cleaned. If you don't explain it the biggest question is that is it even cleaned.

  25. White guy gets idea. How can I clean all these filthy colored people. Wow. It's skin color and not filth. Who knew. 😵

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