Soap For Hope Launch In Phuket

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

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

Cleaning used soap

Sanitizing soap

Sanitizing soap

Adding Scents and colour from natural ingredients

Adding Scents and colour from natural ingredients

Pressing the soap

Pressing the soap

The final product

The final product

Deputy Governor proudly displays his soap

Deputy Governor proudly displays his soap

Stefan Phang from Sealed Air company helps local children to make soap

Children making soap with Stefan

Wrapped soap

Wrapped soap

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