Monday, July 6, 2015

Providence Hospitality Global Soap Project

Providence Hospitality Partners
Global Soap Project!!

Providence Hotels are involved:

15 of our Hotels we own or manage are now active members of the Global Soap Project. Our properties collect all unused soap and donate it to the Global Soap Project where it is purified, packaged and shipped to twenty-nine countries worldwide.

The Number one cause of preventable death of children in developing countries is unsanitary living conditions mostly due to the lack of soap and potable water.
There are approximately five million hotel rooms in the U.S. that discard over two million partially used bars of soap every day!

The Global Soap Project:
Each year, an estimated 2.4 million children die from hygiene and sanitation related illnesses. The Global Soap Project is working to prevent those deaths and improve global health by recycling used hotel soap and turning it into new bars that are distributed to vulnerable populations around the world. We work with organizations that have existing operations in these communities to ensure the soap is distributed to those in need, and to ensure that proper hygiene education is provided in addition to the soap. Our goal is to ensure our impact is sustained, so we work with our partners to create both short-term and long-term positive outcomes.

With 4.6-million hotel/motel rooms in the United States, an estimated 2.6-million soap bars are discarded every day. By participating in our program, hoteliers are diverting tons of waste from the landfill and bolstering environmental sustainability programs. Hotel managers, housekeepers and guests become more environmentally conscious and more sensitive to the needs of vulnerable populations.

At this time, we cannot accept discarded soap from individual travelers and families. Our current process requires large quantities of identical bars to ensure the perfumes, oils and other ingredients combine to create a high-quality product.

Imagine life without soap! It is critical to our health and humanity, a vital component of our ability to keep our families safe. Here at the Global Soap Project, we celebrate everything about it!

Here are some of the facts and figures that keep us motivated:

1.4 million deaths can be prevented each year by handwashing with soap.
7 million children have died due to disease that could have been prevented with proper hygiene since 2009.
Children under 5 who wash with soap can reduce their risk of pneumonia by 50%.
The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control actively promote handwashing to save lives by preventing illness and infectious diseases.
Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, which together account for 3.5 million child deaths annually.
Handwashing by birth attendants before delivery reduces mortality rates by 19%.
Handwashing with soap can reduce diarrhea morbidity by 44%.
1/3 of the worlds soap is used by the U.S.

10 Billion pounds of soap are produced each year.

Murphy’s Oil Soap is used to clean elephants.

The average person encounters 100 chemicals before breakfast.
We absorb 60% of the substances we put on our skin.

Ivory Soap was designed to float.
There are 4.6 million hotel rooms in the U.S.

2.6 million bars of soap are discarded daily by the hotel industry in the U.S. alone.
The largest soap bubble was created on October 9th, 2005 and measured 105.4 cubic feet. If you could fill it with baseballs it would hold 13.627 of them.

October 15th is Global Handwashing Day.
How we turn soap into hope:
At GSP soap is sorted, cleared of debris and placed into bins. The hotel mails their box(es) of soap to the GSP plant in recycled boxes. Soap is grouped up and mixed with water to make it the correct consistency. Moistened soap filaments are run through a screen to remove particulates and moulded into soap. A sample is removed from each production batch and tested by Q laboratories.

NGO's pick up the soap for shipment to their partners serving vulnerable populations. A box holds 120 4oz. bars and weighs 30 pounds. One pallet is 50 boxes totalling 6000 bars. Bars are cut, visually inspected and packaged into boxes for shipment. Soap gets shipped to different countries and continents all over the world.

For more information or to get involved with The Global Soap Project please check out their website and facebook pages!

1 comment:

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