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Clean the Word: Recycling Soap, Saving Lives

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In a previous blog post, the CARES team provided some tips for “Green Travel”, outlining sustainable practices consultants can easily follow while on the road for Capgemini. During this research, I came across an organization called “Clean The World”.  The idea for this non-profit came from Shawn Seipler, who was a VP of an e-commerce technology firm at the time and traveled several days per week. During his hotel stays, he noticed the barely used bars of hotel soap, and noted the fact that these products ended up in a landfill. He used this realization to form an organization with a two fold mission: to collect and recycle soap and hygiene products from the hospitality industry;  and to distribute these products to impoverished people.

More than 2 million bars of partially used soap are thrown away every day in the United States, while hygiene related diseases kill millions of people in the world. Diarrhea diseases kill approximately 1.8 million people per year, which makes it the third leading cause of mortality. Research shows that the risk of diarrhea can be reduced 44-47% through just proper hand washing interventions. Clean the World leveraged this information to start its mission to help reduce the number of individuals who are susceptible to these diseases. By collecting, recycling, and distributing discarded soap and plastic amenity bottles from hotels, Clean the World utilize its operations centers to redistribute these items for humanitarian purposes around the globe. As of 2016, the organization has distributed more than 30 million bars of soap to over 100 countries.

There are several ways to get involved with this charity: by donating money or soap, building hygiene kits, and volunteering in person. Capgemini is in the process of ?Seeking? corporate volunteer opportunities, but if you are interested in getting involved with this charity please visit their website for more information. Though this initiative we can building increased awareness around hospitality waste and how it can be an opportunity to help disadvantaged individuals in your community and in the global community.

The mission of Capgemini’s CARES Employee Resource Groups is to enhance, support and advance Capgemini’s community engagement and environmental sustainability while providing resources to individual employees to pursue the areas of corporate responsibility and sustainability that are important to them.  In addition to supporting a number of local office community projects (i.e., tree plantings and children’s festivals), CARES partners with other ERGs and local office leadership teams to drive efforts in:

  • Community Programs;
  • Environmental Sustainability;
  • Recruitment & Retention;
  • Pro Bono Consulting Projects; and
  • Capgemini Cares Day 

If you are interested in volunteering or getting more involved with Clean the World, please reach out to Sarah Smith (CARES ERG Co-Lead), or Samantha Lewis (Orlando CARES Lead).

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