Can Hotel Soap Save Lives?
Clean the World
Based on its success, Clean the World, founded by two road warriors 15 months ago, tells USA Today it is expanding, opening a new recycling center in Las Vegas and additional collection centers and hopes to launch a program later this year where individual travelers can participate by shipping in their own used hotel products.
Some 200 hotels and B&Bs across the U.S. currently pay to participate in the recycling program – one of the latest to sign up was The New York Palace Hotel in New York – and Crystal Cruises is collecting leftover soap products for CTW as well.
According to CTW's website, more than 5 million lives are lost each year, the majority are children under five, from infectious diseases that could have been prevented by proper hand-washing.
CTW last year distributed more than 230 tons of sterilized and re-batched hygiene products to Haiti, Mexico, Romania and other countries in Asia and Africa.