When we first shared this story in 2010, all Walt Disney World Resort hotels were participating in the program to collect, sanitize and repackage discarded bath amenities, which in turn are distributed to impoverished areas worldwide. Besides improving personal hygiene, the products help prevent illness and disease in children.
Clean the World efforts recently expanded to include Disney resorts and hotels in California and Hawaii, and the contributions are impressive. In just two years time, Disney has collected a whopping 53 tons of soap, which breaks down into 565,509 bars. Additionally, more than 33 tons of bottled amenities, such as shampoo and lotion, have been given to the cause.
The Disney soaps go global (from Haiti to India) and local, where they are put to use in homeless and domestic abuse shelters.
In addition to its preventive health benefits, this innovative recycling effort literally is making the world a cleaner place by reducing waste. Since participating in Clean the World, Disney has diverted nearly 87 tons of hotel waste from landfills.