By Andrea Romano
March 20, 2019

That complimentary bar of soap has another life after you leave your hotel room.

If you don’t end up taking it with you (which, it’s totally fine to steal your toiletries), hotels still have to replace the bar. Because who wants used soap after a long journey?

Other than chucking it in the garbage, which lots of hotels have done in the past, some opt to recycle their unused soaps in order to help keep the little bars out of landfills and potentially help keep people healthy around the globe.

And Hilton Hotels has just launched an initiative to save the planet, one bar at a time.

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According to CNN Business, Hilton Hotels is teaming up with Clean the World, an organization that collects used soaps from hotels, melts them down, sanitizes them, and creates brand new bars of soap for people in need.

Hilton Hotels announced on Monday that it will collect used bars of soap from its hotels, including Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites, and turn them over to Clean the World for recycling, according to CNN Business. Clean the World not only makes recycled soap, but also hygiene kits for homeless shelters around the world.

Hilton has done other environmentally conscious initiatives in the past as well. In 2018, the company launched a plan to reduce its carbon emissions by 61 percent by looking into reducing plastic (including removing straws from hotels), and reducing water consumption. The hotel has even teamed up with other charities in the past to recycle its soap, according to CNN Business.

Many hotels have been opting to “go green” as guests have been becoming more aware of how their travel affects the environment. There are many things you can look for when finding an eco-friendly hotel, and while some companies are maybe looking to cash in on a trend, others are investing in sustainable ways to fight climate change.

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