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Hilton Worldwide Extends Soap Recycling To Conrad Bali As Luxury Resort Reaffirms Commitment To Local Communities

May 29, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

The award-winning Conrad Bali today announced the launch of its soap recycling project.

Working together- Conrad Bali and ROLE Foundation teams launch the Soap for Hope recycling project.

Working together- Conrad Bali and ROLE Foundation teams launch the Soap for Hope recycling project.

The initiative supports the luxury resort’s commitment to diverting waste from landfills through reuse, recycling and donations via its RePurpose program, and enables it to make a significant contribution toward combating hygiene-related diseases in underprivileged Balinese communities. 

To demonstrate Hilton Worldwide’s Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility commitment, Conrad Bali’s Soap for Hope project further strengthens its partnership with ROLE Foundation and Diversey through a mutually beneficial activity. 

Conrad Bali general manager Jean-Sébastien Kling said, “This initiative reinforces our efforts to reduce waste output and strengthen communities in Bali – two core pillars of our corporate responsibility strategy. Through this initiative we aim to increase environmental awareness and personal ownership among our stakeholders and enable our guests to make sustainable choices when they travel.” 

All change- Natural dye is used to change the colour of the soap.

All change- Natural dye is used to change the colour of the soap.

Soap for Hope is a corporate-community partnership with ROLE Foundation’s Bali WISE program, a non-profit organization that up skills women through training. At ROLE’s campus, the foundation has established a small self-sustaining soap-processing center. The soap is thoroughly sanitized, processed and molded into new bars and distributed to communities. 

An initial two and a half kg used-soap batch was collected after Diversey, a leading brand for sustainable cleaning, sanitation and hygiene solutions, delivered a soap-recycling machine. The newly produced soap, approximately 35 pieces, was then distributed to a local orphanage. 

 

Shaping up- The mould creates a new size for the recycled soap.

Shaping up- The mould creates a new size for the recycled soap.

Mr Kling added, “Conrad Bali has a history of working closely with local communities in Bali because we feel it is our responsibility to do so. It is something we cherish and will continue to do as a long term cornerstone of our operating philosophy.” 

Conrad Bali, Diversey and ROLE Foundation are committed to a soap buy-back program, which will result in most soap bars being distributed free. ROLE will then sell the remaining recycled soap to local charities, schools and nonprofits to generate income for the enterprise and ensure the important training activities of the foundation will continue for the local community. 

Conrad Bali has made a one-year commitment to implement, monitor and evaluate the project’s sustainability and effectiveness. 

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