We at Soap Cycling have a three-part mission:
A. Sanitation and Hygiene
We at Soap Cycling aim to improve sanitation and hygiene in underprivileged regions, with a particular emphasis on reducing child mortality rates. Pneumonia and diarrhea are the leading causes of death for children under the age of five. In fact, pneumonia alone kills more children every year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. Despite the rapid economic growth in much of the Asia-Pacific region, more than a third of under-five deaths among children here can be attributed either directly or indirectly to pneumonia. Studies have shown that simply washing hands with soap is one of the most effective ways to prevent children from suffering from these diseases.
Hotels in Asia discard millions of bars of soap each day. We at Soap Cycling want to utilize this otherwise wasted resource to save thousands of children each year.
B. Green Living and Waste Reduction
We estimate that over two million bars of soap are thrown away each year by hotels in Hong Kong. By collecting this soap, Soap Cycling is helping to eliminate thousands of pounds of chemical waste from our landfills each month. We also hope to help the public develop a greater awareness of up-cycling and maintaining a greener lifestyle for the betterment of the environment.
Soap Cycling focuses on education in the following two major ways:
1. Sanitation Education
Soap can only combat disease if it is utilized properly. So we at Soap Cycling consider one of our most important missions to help educate children about the importance of proper hygiene, the dangers from germs, and proper hand washing techniques. By doing this in partnership with families, schools, and other children