InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 has recently launched the Soap for Hope program in cooperation with the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP) and Diversey, a provider of cleaning and hygiene products to the hospitality, healthcare, food and beverages, food services, retail, and facilities management sectors.
Over 7 million worldwide children die each year from diseases that can be prevented with simple hand washing. And every year a typical 400-room hotel generates 3.5 tons of solid soap waste. That waste either goes to landfill or is shipped to a global recycling facility, costing hotels hefty fees.
Therefore, the Soap for Hope program was first launched in Cambodia in 2013 and in Vietnam in 2015 and aims to enable hygienic practices through providing access to soap to communities who need it but don’t have access, to help hotels reduce waste by turning used soap into something useful, and to provide livelihoods to the local community through recycling and reprocessing soap.
Since then, the program has been implemented all over the country, recovering 113 tonnes of soap generated by many hotels to produce 941,000 reconstituted soap bars that meet the medical standards for provision to poor people and children.
InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 is very excited to participate in the program, the first activity in the hotel’s series of charity programs in September, according to Deputy Manager Mr. Robbert Manussen. The hotel’s staff are working together to make soap until September 14 and donate it to poor communities where soap would help improve their lives. “This is a meaningful activity that is paid a lot of attention, not only by our staff but also our guests at the hotel,” he said. “It is also an opportunity to raise awareness among people and encourage them to use recycled products and protect the environment. My staff and I believe there will be more and more organizations and individuals participating in the program, contributing to the success and reputation of Soap for Hope.”
The tallest hotel in Hanoi, InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 is busy with its September charity program of “IHG Giving For Good Month”. Along with Soap for Hope, the hotel is also cooperating with Operation Smile, a non-profit medical organization for correcting childhood facial deformities, to raise money for the Smile Fund on September 22 by co-organizing an art exhibition for auction with Vietnam Art Space.
Soap for Hope is based on a simple process that requires no running water or electricity. To recycle or process soap, an innovative cold-press method with simple but uniquely customized equipment is used. The entire process takes about five minutes and once the used soap is recycled into fresh bars of soap friendly on the environment, the soap is then distributed to communities that lack access to soap or sanitation. Through this process, local people learn a new skill in recycling soap and communities have free access to soap.
Soap for Hope is a program that local people could become involved in to help the community, according to Mr. Stefan Phang, Diversey’s Director of Sustainability and CSR. At the same time, Diversey also helps its clients, which are mostly hoteliers, recycle their waste. “Through this program, we hope to contribute to a cleaner environment in Vietnam and create value from the sharing of participants, including our company, our customers, and the community,” he said.
As of the end of 2017, Soap for Hope had been launched in over 155 cities in 39 countries, with the participation of 539 hotels, contributing to the recycling of 2,569 tonnes of soap that generated 21.4 million new bars for poor people all over the world- Vietnam Economic Times.
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