- The average person encounters 100 chemicals before breakfast.
- We absorb 60% of the substances we put on our skin.
- 7 million children have died due to disease that could have been prevented with proper hygiene since 2009.
- 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. UNICEF. Soap, Toilets & Taps
- 1.4 million deaths can be prevented each year by handwashing with soap
“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.” -GSP
Currently the Global Soap Project works in 28 countries around the world.
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
The Global Soap Project welcomes support from everyone, however, they cannot accept individual soap donations due to the fact that they need large quantities of identical soaps to make the large batches with similar perfumes and consistencies. If you want to get involved you can volunteer at their soap making factory in Atlanta, GA or donate to their cause. To learn more or contact the organization you can visit: http://www.globalsoap.org.