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Mon Apr 25, 2022, 11:20 AM Apr 2022

The surprising afterlife of used hotel soap [View all]

And now, home kits available for collecting and donating your own unwanted tailings !

But these tiny bars come with a big problem.

While some of us smuggle home every bar we can get our hands on (a totally acceptable move, according to hoteliers), most guests leave behind sizable, half-used hunks of soap.

At scale, this is a big deal:

Every year, it has been estimated that the hospitality industry ~440B pounds of solid waste — much of it soap and bottled amenities. That’s the equivalent weight of 2m blue whales.

What happens to all that leftover soap?

Fourteen years ago, one man asked that very question. And the answer led him down a path that has since saved tens of thousands of lives all over the world.

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Fascinating! And a happy ending! dchill Apr 2022 #1
Awe! I'm glad I clicked the link. LeftInTX Apr 2022 #2
Brilliant!!!! Thanks for posting this. Talitha Apr 2022 #3
A happy news story, thanks. txwhitedove Apr 2022 #4
I always take mine with me including shampoo. Great for camping MagickMuffin Apr 2022 #5
My mother grew up during the Depression central scrutinizer Apr 2022 #6
Great idea -- "Great Depression" or not! KPN Apr 2022 #13
I don't think you can put soap in most modern washing machines frazzled Apr 2022 #18
It's Not Just That ProfessorGAC Apr 2022 #39
She made her own soap with her mother central scrutinizer Apr 2022 #42
That Had To Be Natural Soap ProfessorGAC Apr 2022 #61
All the aunts and uncles were farmers central scrutinizer Apr 2022 #62
Every other time I read one of your posts I have to look up a word (or two). panader0 Apr 2022 #49
I swear, learn something new on DU, every day! calimary Apr 2022 #60
When the old soap gets thin enough Susan Calvin Apr 2022 #32
That is what I do, too. n/t ChazII Apr 2022 #38
Same here although my mother radical noodle Apr 2022 #57
That's cool. Hotler Apr 2022 #7
Wow! CrispyQ Apr 2022 #8
I just stayed at a Hilton and was thinking about the soap! mrsadm Apr 2022 #23
Marvelous story. One very good-hearted man. sinkingfeeling Apr 2022 #9
+++ agree. n/t iluvtennis Apr 2022 #20
"What happens to all that leftover soap?" LudwigPastorius Apr 2022 #10
Neat! KPN Apr 2022 #11
I usually just add them onto the next bar Deep State Witch Apr 2022 #27
Haha. Actually, me too. It works to an extent, but not always. KPN Apr 2022 #28
This message was self-deleted by its author Chin music Apr 2022 #58
I remember when they first started doing this BumRushDaShow Apr 2022 #12
My wife and I used to travel a great deal and accumulated packman Apr 2022 #14
I do the same catchnrelease Apr 2022 #30
Nursing homes. as well. nt Ilsa Apr 2022 #35
I also donate those things to women's and homeless shelters. tblue37 Apr 2022 #33
WOW!! Sogo Apr 2022 #15
K & R SunSeeker Apr 2022 #16
How inspiring. 3catwoman3 Apr 2022 #17
Possibly the fourteen percent are folks who prefer their own toiletry's!🤔 skamaria Apr 2022 #22
Chemical allergies Lars39 Apr 2022 #24
Yes, this! catchnrelease Apr 2022 #31
I know a pilot, and I sent tons of those little soaps to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan Skittles Apr 2022 #40
I rarely use hotel soap FoxNewsSucks Apr 2022 #46
This is great! StarryNite Apr 2022 #19
Happy news. We need more of it. Thank you for it, Pluvious. ancianita Apr 2022 #21
Surprisingly cool article! Lucky Luciano Apr 2022 #25
Fascinating! Deep State Witch Apr 2022 #26
Wow. Have a drink at a bar, save a million lives. Joinfortmill Apr 2022 #29
No thanks to the Gates Foundation. BWdem4life Apr 2022 #34
Great read! Thanks for posting. Quakerfriend Apr 2022 #36
Cool Idea! ProfessorGAC Apr 2022 #37
It wasn't that big a problem in years gone by Warpy Apr 2022 #41
Great thread malaise Apr 2022 #43
Cool story! nt Wounded Bear Apr 2022 #44
What a great story! mcar Apr 2022 #45
That was a really good story, FoxNewsSucks Apr 2022 #47
Nice! Very nice. oasis Apr 2022 #48
Cool story FakeNoose Apr 2022 #50
K&R. n/t denbot Apr 2022 #51
K&R! Dark n Stormy Knight Apr 2022 #52
i use up everything + i take all schnibbles + make soft soap w/ water. reuse shampoo bottles for pansypoo53219 Apr 2022 #53
Having been a road warrior, without ever thinking where the soap went, this warms my heart. n/t. NNadir Apr 2022 #54
Just stayed at marriott courtyard . Had large bottles of soap shampoo etc glues to the wall Oppaloopa Apr 2022 #55
Fascinating. I always feel bad about leaving all the partially used soap in hotels. marmar Apr 2022 #56
That was a really great story. nolabear Apr 2022 #59
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