Recycling to improve health and save lives
When a plastic bottle is pelletized or a cardboard carton is shredded and pulped that recycling contributes to environmental health. An international non-profit organization headquartered in Orlando, Florida goes beyond that. The recycling advocated, managed, and supported by Clean the World® contributes to human health. It often saves lives.
Clean the World’s global mission begins with collecting soap and hygiene products that would otherwise be discarded. They also manage the distribution of the recycled products, along with other donated soaps and toiletries. What otherwise might have gone to landfills is provided to impoverished people.
Over the past eight years, Clean the World provided more than 40 million soap bars to 115 countries.
Every year, their work prevents millions of hygiene-related deaths by reducing morbidity from hygiene-related illnesses and assisting in child development programs. The organization takes a holistic approach that provides much more than soap. They support education that integrates proper hygiene, water purification, and sanitation.
The soap for Clean the World recycling programs arrives from many places. Airports can be a significant source. That stems from a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rule limiting carry-on toiletries to containers no larger than 3.4 ounces, and in one single-quart bag per passenger. That rule, best known as the 3-1-1 Rule, leads to the discard of many liquid soaps and other toiletries.
Members of the ecoPreserve team participate in the recycling of soaps and other toiletries discarded at TSA checkpoints. We find it’s a great cause that brings environmental as well social benefits!
Clean the World also recycles hotel room soaps and amenities that the vast traveling population leaves behind. Soap bars and fragments are melted down, sterilized and shaped into new bars.
If you happen to live in Orlando, Las Vegas, or Hong Kong, you will find a Clean the World recycling center locally. The organization also encourages people to volunteer worldwide. Could you or your workplace team participate? Hotels in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and E.U. can sign up for soap and amenity recycling programs. Other organizations can participate in assembling hygiene kits or by volunteering as individuals or a group.