Collaboration is often extremely helpful for making progress on key initiatives. At Diversey Care, we’re proud to call SKÅL International a longstanding partner. SKÅL is the largest professional group of global tourism leaders and includes 17,000 members across 85 nations. The organization unites all branches of the tourism and travel industry to promote global responsible and sustainable tourism through friendship and peace.
We recently renewed our global partnership with SKÅL and are looking forward to working together in order to improve the tourism industry. In particular, our partnership aims to set ambitious sustainability standards and inspire the industry to practice responsible tourism.
Over 7 million children die each year from disease that can be prevented with simple handwashing. With soap and a bit of instruction, these kids can lead healthier lives. This is why Sealed Air developed Soap for Hope, a program that will be a key focus for the partnership with SKÅL in 2015. Soap for Hope aims to save lives, provide livelihoods and prevent waste by collecting used soap bars from hotels.
Each year, a typical 400-room hotel generates 3.5 tons of solid soap waste. Soap for Hope teaches at-risk communities to salvage these remaining pieces of soap and turn them into new soap bars. Soap is recovered from local hotels and then transported to a site for local residents to process it. The soap is redistributed to communities in need to increase hygiene and health or sold to provide an income. We recently launched Soap for Hope in Latin America and are excited to introduce it to other areas of the world.
We are also excited to recognize other innovative sustainability projects in the hospitality industry in 2015. In October, SKÅL will also hold its 76th World Congress in Mombasa, Kenya. Once again, Diversey Care and SKÅL will host an awards program to recognize hoteliers for their sustainability initiatives. We have heard many inspiring stories over the years and look forward to discovering and acknowledging many more.
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