The official “Soap for Hope” launch in Phuket took place on Saturday March 5th, at the Credit Union Bank, Rassada in Phuket Town.
This project is a joint partnership between the Phuket Community Foundation, Diversey/Sealed Air, AccorHotels Southern Thailand & the Credit Union Phuket Branch.
Representatives of the four partners with the Deputy Governor of Phuket
The program’s objective is three-fold: to save lives by promoting a cleaner and healthier environment through proper hand-washing with soap; to provide a means of livelihood for local communities through learning a new skill; and to help hotels reduce waste by recycling used or discarded soap. Once used soap is collected from the hotels, it is transported to local communities and the local people re-process the soap using a specially customized cold-press method that requires no running water and electricity. The reconstituted soap bars are then distributed to communities that have limited access to basic hygiene amenities.
A typical 400-room hotel generates 3.5 metric tons of solid soap waste per year. Hand-washing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal and respiratory diseases in developing regions. Soap for Hope addresses waste reduction and hygiene enhancement at the same time, while also generating livelihoods for local communities.
Cleaning used soap
Adding Scents and colour from natural ingredients
Pressing the soap
The final product
Deputy Governor proudly displays his soap
Children making soap with Stefan