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Carnival Cruise Line Partners with Soap Aid

July 24, 2019 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Carnival Cruise Line Australia today announced a new partnership with Soap Aid, seeing the cruise line collect tonnes of discarded soap bars to be recycled and donated to disadvantaged communities across Australia and the world.

Soap Aid is a not-for-profit organisation committed to saving children’s lives through improved hygiene while positively impacting the environment. The organisation reprocesses and delivers soap to communities in critical need to help them achieve life-saving and sustainable improvements in global hygiene practices.

Through the program, Carnival will collect discarded soap from guest and crew staterooms on Carnival Spirit to be refined and sterilised at a Soap Aid processing facility. The soap will then be remoulded and packaged for distribution. The program will be extended to Carnival Splendor when she joins the Australian fleet later this year, sailing out of Sydney

Soap Aid founder Mike Matulick said: “The partnership with Carnival is a unique and exciting opportunity for Soap Aid to expand its recycling program into the wider travel and accommodation industry and build on a platform which has already reached over 270,000 people globally. Half of the 1.5 million children that die from preventable diseases in the poorest countries every year could be saved by the use of handwashing with soap.  The economic and social impact of this is huge. Just by washing hands it can kill many germs that cause disease, and by doing that, kids can attend more school, their opportunities are enhanced, parents are able to work more so household incomes improve, too.”

The program is one of multiple initiatives already onboard to further reduce waste disposal and recycle additional products used onboard. Earlier this month, Carnival announced a global partnership with Clean the World to assist with soap recycling on the ships based out of the United States.

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