Creating sustainable, scalable and measurable change, centred around soap.

“According to the UNICEF, every year, 3 million children die from preventable diseases owing to poor hygiene, whilst at the same time 1.5 billion soap bars are thrown away.”

Our Vision

Soap cycling envisions a world where a clean environment, economic empowerment, and basic hygiene are available to all.

Our Mission

Environmental Protection

We research and create lasting and scalable waste solutions for soap and other solid waste products in the hospitality industry.

Community Empowerment

We provide opportunities for employment and youth empowerment in local communities.

Equitable Hygiene

We improve sanitation and hygiene in disadvantaged communities by providing soap for free.

We’re Doing This Because Soap is That Important

What started as a way to help students learn how to run a business, has become a multi-national organisation with far-reaching social, economic and environmental impact.

Our circular model to addressing hygiene and sanitation needs is designed around communities, corporates, NGO partners and volunteers and ensures each one plays a critical role in making the world better, cleaner and safer.

Soap, It’s That Important!

A Decade of Cleaning Up the Hygiene Ecosystem

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2012

Started by David Bishop, a Principal Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong together with a group of his students.

2016

The Shenzhen chapter of Soap Cycling started thanks to the massive support of Ming Fai group, providing a location and heavy machinery equipment.

2017

The Singapore chapter of Soap Cycling started with a group of students from National University of Singapore.

2017

The MEY (美) Program has been launched in Hong Kong aiming to empower local disadvantaged minority, elderly and youth.

2019

The first GREEN Hospitality Conference was held at the Cordis Hotel, with the support of the Sustainable Development Fund, the HKU Business School, and the Foundation for Shared Impact.

2020

Started the ‘Soap to Cope’ programme, in which a total of 3,500 street cleaners have been provided with hygiene kits during in-person interaction.

2021

The pilot program “Soap Walk for Good” sponsored by Swire Trust’s TrustTomorrow empowered ethnic minorities with job opportunities and walk leaders to lead the general public to walk through the Kwai Chung community.

A Circular Initiative Around Soap

For us, soap is a powerful platform to empower the disadvantaged, provide real-life management experience to students, enable volunteers to be part of tangible change and for communities to live a healthier and safer life.

We work with partner hotels to collect soap and bottled amenities which are then sorted, cleaned and recycled by our incredible MEY workers and generous corporate volunteers. The volunteering programmes are largely managed by student interns who use this as an opportunity to develop their leadership skills. The finished products are then dispatched to NGO partners for on-ground distribution within impoverished communities across Asia.

In the Press

Meet Our Team

Soap Cycling Hong Kong Board

Charlotte Breyer

Charlotte Breyer

Director - Chairperson

David Bishop

David Bishop

Founder - Director

Kennis Lam

Kennis Lam

Director

Marcel Ralf Thurau

Marcel Ralf Thurau

Director

Stanley Law

Stanley Law

Director

Soap Cycling Hong Kong Advisors

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor

Advisor

Kenneth Lau

Kenneth Lau

Advisor

Ming Chan

Ming Chan

Advisor

Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson

Advisor

Tammy Lee

Tammy Lee

Advisor

Victor T Chao

Victor T Chao

Advisor

William Akers

William Akers

Advisor

Soap Cycling Hong Kong Staff Team

Ronald Ho

Ronald Ho

General Manager

Matthew M.F. Mo

Matthew M.F. Mo

Operations Manager

Michelle H.Y. Li

Michelle H.Y. Li

Business & Marketing Manager

Judy W.Y. Kai

Judy W.Y. Kai

Project Executive

Soap Cycling Singapore Team

Tracy Yeow

Tracy Yeow

Advisor

Steven Chung

Steven Chung

Advisor

Angelo Roxas

Angelo Roxas

Advisor

Patrick Davis

Patrick Davis

Managing Director

Markus Steger

Markus Steger

Director

Jeremy Chia

Jeremy Chia

Director

Cora Ang

Cora Ang

Director

Jacqueline Tan

Jacqueline Tan

Partnerships Director

Soap Cycling Philippines

Lovelyn F. Padernal

Lovelyn F. Padernal

Country Manager

Our Presence

In addition to our key operations in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, and the Philippines, we also collect soap from Korea and Japan, and distribute to countries across Asia, including Cambodia, Laos, India, Nepal, Indonesia, and other developing countries.