Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort supports ‘Soap for Hope’ programme

17-Jan-2020 Intellasia | VN EconomicTimes | 7:02 AM Print This Post

Soap recycling programme helps save lives in disadvantaged communities, create livelihoods, and shield the environment.

Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort has signed up to help save lives in disadvantaged communities, create livelihoods, and shield the environment by joining the soap recycling programme “Soap for Hope”.

The resort has joined forces with hygiene and cleaning solutions company Diversey to participate in “Soap for Hope”, which recycles used hotel soap for distribution to local communities.

Diversey teaches local people to use a simple cold-press method that requires no electricity or water and takes less than ten minutes to recycle soap into reconstituted bars. The fresh soap is then distributed to communities lacking soap or sanitation.

Local people generate a modest livelihood from the programme and, importantly, their communities have free access to soap, which plays a crucial role in preventing life-threatening illnesses through hand-washing.

Melia Ho Tram Beach Resort’s general manager Manuel Ferriol said he and his team were honored to support Diversey’s programme.

“It’s all about playing our part to make Vietnam healthier and cleaner, and the benefits here are three-foldwe help save lives by helping to provide access to soap, we help generate livelihoods for local disadvantaged communities, and we lessen our impact on the planet through reducing waste,” he added.

Since “Soap for Hope” began in Vietnam in 2015, Diversey estimates that 80,000 kilogram of soap waste has been converted into more than 660,000 bars that have been distributed to children in Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Dien Bien, Son La, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, and Hoa Binh provinces as well as HCM City.

Seven Melia Hotels International properties, including three in VietnamMelia Danang, Melia Hanoi, and Sol Beach Phu Quoccollected 13.3 tonnes of soap in 2018 and produced 110,800 soap bars, benefiting more than 9,800 people. Melia Hotels International was recently recognised as the most sustainable hotel company worldwide in SAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment.

Globally, “Soap for Hope” has been launched in 94 cities and 31 countries and territories together with 380 partner hotels. To date, 1,401 tonnes of used soap has been recycled into 11.6 million bars of soap and, every year, over 590,000 people in local communities benefit from the programme.

“‘Soap for Hope’ is a programme that engages local people directly in helping their own community,” said Stefan Phang, Diversey’s Regional CSR and Sustainability director. “At the same time, Diversey is also helping our hotel customers with waste recycling. Through this programme, we hope to contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment in Vietnam and create shared value for everyone involvedour company, our customers, and the community.”


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