My intentions are completely altruistic, I really have no use for shampoo, see above. And while us bigger people tend to use more soap, I’m not taking it for home use.
Recently the Hospitality Hive wrote that. Orlando offers more than 120,000 hotel rooms and those are stocked with a few bars of soap and several bottles of shampoo or conditioner. Often at the end of each guest stay the left over toiletries are left behind and slated for a landfill.
For Clean The World, or as she put it Give Hope With Soap, and their campaign to help the environment.told us about
Their mission statement is very simple.
Collect and recycle soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry and other sectors that generate environmental waste.
Through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished people [all over the planet], prevent millions of hygiene related deaths each year, reduce the morbidity rate for hygiene related illnesses, and encourage vigorous childhood development.
In numbers | Waste toiletries and what Clean The World is working towards
- 2 million – amount of partially used bars of soap thrown away every day in the US.
- 40 million – bars of soap distributed by Clean the World to date.
- 14 million – lbs of waste diverted from landfill by Clean the World.
- 115 – countries that Clean the World operates in. 1.8 billion – number of people globally who don’t have access to adequate sanitation.
- 35 per cent – of developing world that has nowhere for healthcare professionals or hospital patients to wash their hands
Sources: Clean the World, World Health Organization
So why the thievery? The first reason is completely self-serving, so that kind of calls BS on the altruistic wording above. Years ago we had a resident here at Chateau Relaxo’ that swore they needed high-end celebrity endorsed shampoo that’s sold only at “exclusive” stores.
So, I spent the next 6 months emptying little bitty bottles of hotel shampoo into a big bottle of high-end celebrity endorsed shampoo. No one was the wiser till I decided to bring everyone in on the joke……. and the high-end celebrity endorsed shampoo user never knew of the bait and switch.
To wrap this up don’t feel bad about grabbing those toiletries it’s built into the price of the room. Besides many of the manufacturers would welcome the chance to gain a new customer by you taking their product back home.
For the real kleptomaniacs in the group, below is something to shoot for.
Oh yeah, I also take the ballpoint pens as well, the flight attendants and my dry cleaners love me for it.
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