Why we do this

 

TO IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES AND SAVE CHILDREN’S LIVES IN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES

handsToday across the globe 2.4 billion people lack adequate sanitation, causing the spread of infectious diseases and preventable deaths.

As a direct result, a tragic 5.9 million children under the age of 5 died in 2015 with over 50% of those deaths due to preventable childhood infectious diseases and conditions such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, meningitis, tetanus, HIV and measles. Pneumonia and diarrhoea remain major killers of young children throughout the world today, accounting for 25% of the deaths of children aged less than 5.

To prevent these needless deaths, we collect partially used and discarded soap from hotels in Australia and New Zealand sending them to a central processing plant, where we re-process the soaps and turn them into new, useful bars of soap that will help save lives.

Source: Levels and Trends in Childhood Mortality Report 2015 – Developed by the UN Interagency Group for Child Mortality Estimation


WHY SOAP?


A plethora of medical research has highlighted the fact that hand washing with soap has a dramatic impact on preventing death and illness caused by diarrhoea, trachoma, worm infection, chronic malnutrition, swine flu, pneumonia, SARS, sickness in AIDS patients and general neonatal mortality. Research by the World Health Organization has shown that by the simple act of a child washing their hands with soap, we could potentially reduce the number of diarrhoea cases by over 40%. Hand washing with soap saves lives!


TO REDUCE WASTE AND LANDFILL IN AUSTRALIA


Every day thousands of hotels around the world discard millions of soap bars that may be used only once or twice.

Australia has a strong dependence on landfill as a form of waste management, and this, unfortunately, leads to waste soap ending up in already overflowing landfills, directly affecting our precious environment. In fact, Australians are the second highest producers of waste in the world behind the US with each disposing over 690Kgs to landfill each year.

Waste sent to landfill sites decays and generates methane that can throw back heat into the atmosphere and is at least 23 times greater than Carbon Dioxide making it a leading contributor to global warming.

http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/Campaigns/plastic-bag-facts.html