Wilmington hotel sends used soap to be recycled, given to the impoverished

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Five-hundred pounds of soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion. That’s how much Homewood Suites in Mayfaire says they supply their rooms with each month.

Plenty of it doesn’t get used by guests and could go to waste. That waste is magnified during busy times like Spring Break.

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“When we do have more people coming in for more of a transient stay to the beach for the weekend, we will see more people utilizing it and then it being left behind,” said Joanie DeSantis, Homewood Suites’ Director of Sales.

The leftover toiletries get sent to the Clean the World program. That’s where hygiene kits are compiled and sent to impoverished people all around the world.

“Two of the melted down bars of soap. Any of the lotion, shampoo, conditioner that is more than halfway full when it is sent back to Clean the World gets repurposed into these hygiene kits. They also get a towel, a razor, toothbrush, and toothpaste,” DeSantis said.



According to Clean the World, about five thousand children die daily from hygiene-related illnesses.

DeSantis says her hotel plays a small role in solving this big problem.

“I think anything that’s gonna give back to make our world a better place is fantastic, especially if it’s helping people that are in need, children, families. There’s really no bad side to it at all,” DeSantis said.

All suites associated with Hilton Hotels participate in this program.

Homewood Suites at Mayfaire plans to donate 75 of the hygiene kits to the Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network and a local domestic violence shelter.