Japan – Hotel giant Hilton’s scheme to recycle leftover soap has been extended to Japan. All 10 of the chain’s hotels in Japan have joined 700 fellow establishments worldwide in their goal of improving sanitary conditions for underprivileged children while reducing waste.
Hilton is collecting bars of soap from more than 5300 guest rooms in Japan and donating them to a Hong Kong-based non-governmental organisation, which sanitises and processes them into new bars. The products are delivered to poor people in developing Asian countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar.
During a preliminary phase in Japan starting last October, the hotel chain contributed some 20 000 recycled soap bars – processed out of 2.3 tons of used soap – primarily to people affected by Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines in November. ‘This initiative reinforces our efforts to reduce waste output and strengthen communities,’ comments Timothy Soper, vice president of Hilton Worldwide.