Hilton Worldwide announced in Tokyo this week that it plans to extend its global soap recycling initiative to all 10 of its Japan hotels through its RePurpose program.
The company said that as part of its corporate responsibility strategy named “Travel with Purpose,” Hilton Worldwide has partnered with the U.S.-based Global Soap Project since 2011, by diverting waste soap from landfills through reuse, recycling and then sending them to communities in need.
Timothy Soper, Vice President of Hilton Worldwide said, “Through this program, we hope to continue to increase environmental awareness among our team members and business partners alike and in so doing, enable our guests to make sustainable choices when they travel.”
Hand in hand with Hong Kong-based NPO Soap Cycling, Hilton Worldwide’s 1,000-strong housekeeping team in Japan has already collected 2.3 tons of soap left after guests check out from more than 5,300 hotel rooms across the country since October 2013.
Soap Cycling processes collected soap waste to create new bars and deliver them to underprivileged communities in countries such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. The 2.3 tons of soap waste collected in Japan resulted in 20,000 new bars of soap, some of which were directed to disaster-stricken communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines last November.
David Bishop, founder and chairman of Soap Cycling, said, “Soap is a truly life-saving item. Research shows that simple hand washing in homes, hospitals, schools and elsewhere save 900,000 lives annually by preventing hygiene-related diseases.”
The hotels in Japan participating in the soap recycling program are: Conrad Tokyo, DoubleTree by Hilton, Naha Hilton, Fukuoka Sea Hawk, Hilton Nagoya, Hilton Niseko Village, Hilton Odawara, Hilton Osaka, Hilton Tokyo, Hilton Tokyo Bay and Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport.