Magazine article E Magazine

Saving Soap, Saving Lives

Magazine article E Magazine

Saving Soap, Saving Lives

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How do you clean soap? Better yet, how do you safely recycle soap that has touched any number of body parts? Shawn Seipler and Paul Till, cofounders of the nonprofit corporation Clean the World (cleantheworld.org), defied conventional wisdom that no one could reuse something as intimate as used bars of soap to create an emerging powerhouse in the hospitality industry that works to save lives of people around the world.

"Each day in North America, nearly two million bars of soap and tiny, plastic hair care bottles are discarded as trash," Seipler says, accounting for nearly 358 tons of soap and plastic going to landfills every day. The duo wondered what would happen if those hygiene products were diverted to those who desperately need them, such as the 9,000 young children around the world who die each day from major illnesses that could be prevented with proper hygiene, including washing with soap and water. …

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