February 17, 2019

BOISE, IDAHO, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 – Ever left a hotel room with the feeling that there was a better use for that bar of soap than the one quick shower you gave it?

So did Lisa Benjamin, general manager of Hotel 43 in Boise, so she explored a solution.

The result is a partnership with Clean the World, a nonprofit that recycles and repurposes used hotel soap, shampoo, and conditioner. A hotel's gently used amenities are recycled through a tested-and-approved sanitization process. Clean the World then distributes the bars of soap worldwide through nongovernmental partnerships, as well as to domestic homeless shelters.

"Our guests love it. It's a great solution and a wonderful cause," says Hotel 43's Benjamin. Based on a trial run, Hotel 43 anticipates it will contribute more than 1,300 pounds of soap and amenities to the program on an annual basis.

Founded in 2009, Clean the World has recycled six million soap bars and 200,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner, amounting to 340 tons of waste eliminated. Its mission is to reduce waste in the hospitality industry and prevent the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every year.

Hotel 43, Boise' business boutique, has 112 rooms and is located in the heart of Boise's thriving downtown and arts culture district.