Recycle for a Sustainable and Healthy World

The scale of the challenge

Hotel Rooms in Hong Kong

Average Stay Time (pre-COVID)

Occupancy Rate (pre-COVID)
With about 76,500 hotel rooms occupied 121 times per year, they are cleaned a total of 9,256,500 times per year.

Assuming that each hotel room is only refurbished with 1 soap (40 grams) and 3 bottles, a staggering 370.26 tonnes of soap & 27,769,500 bottles of shampoo, shower gel, and conditioner are needed to replenish the hotel rooms.


Short stays in hotels, a lifetime in the landfill

Have you thought about how much of the soap and the liquids you actually use during a stay? Everything else goes to the landfill. The plastics usually cannot be recycled because they are still too full for processing. Additionally, caps, bottles, and print labels are usually made from different types of plastic, further complicating the recycling process.

Learn about the Recycling Program

Working with Soap Cycling allows hotels to avoid this unnecessary waste and allows us to turn trash into a valuable resource to bring hygiene to all who need it. Thus, the recycling program is at the core of every Soap Cycling’s chapters operations. Through this program, Soap Cycling teams go beyond collecting the soaps: we research #zerowaste alternatives together, partner to run fundraisers, and run trainings for hotel staff.

GREEN Hospitality

In 2018, Soap Cycling Hong Kong started working on creating a globally-focused network to help the hospitality industry on its journey to becoming a force for sustainability and inclusive growth benefiting the local communities.

“As an organization working closely with the hospitality industry, we realized that while it is a driver for exponential economic growth, such growth, without a comprehensive industry-wide focus on sustainability, will continue to take a significant toll on the environment and the wellbeing of local communities. “We wanted to help our hotel partners make more informed, sustainability-driven decisions in their business operations, and that’s really how GREEN Hospitality started.”
Justen Li

ex-Chairman of Soap Cycling

Soap Cycling is very proud that GREEN Hospitality is now its own brand, focussing on research, consulting, and future-oriented dialogue for the hospitality industry. This division of focus creates an even more focused impact for a cleaner environment.

Our Impact

Kg of Soap & Plastic Saved from
Going to Waste

Kg of Plastic Recycled