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With the mission to build more sustainable communities, Rise Against Hunger Philippines in partnership with Conrad Manila and Sealed Air/Diversey, embarked on a new livelihood initiative, the Soap for Hope project. It strives to divert used hotel soap into a recycled handcrafted soap readily available for sale in a considerable price. This became an income-generating activity of the selected mothers of Barangay Ususan in Taguig City. After the collection of used hotel soaps, it is bowdlerized into cubes, sanitized with Sealed Air/Diversey bleach solution and infused with fruit zests, pressed into 500-gram soap brick, left to dry in the sun, and then the scented bars are ready to use.

It also offers a sustainable way for our partner hotel to ensure that the used soap doesn’t end up in the landfill. A typical 400-room hotel generates 3.5 tons of solid soap waste. That waste either goes to landfill, or is shipped to a global recycling facility, costing hotels hefty fees.

With this initiative, we significantly contribute in addressing the economic, social and environmental issue within the communities we serve.