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Carnival Cruise Line Will Start Recycling Soap from Their Cruise Ships

Carnival Cruise Line has partnered with Clean the World to donate nearly 40 tons of recycled soap from their cruise ships. The discarded soap will be collected each year to be recycled into new soap bars and distributed to vulnerable communities worldwide.

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Clean the World is a global health leader in WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) and sustainability dedicated to saving lives by recycling and distributing soap and other hygiene products to more than 127 countries.

As part of the program, Carnival Cruise Line will start collecting discarded soap from guest and crew staterooms throughout the fleet and send it to a Clean the World recycling center where the soap will be sanitized, melted down and reprocessed. Together, Carnival and Clean the World will distribute more than 400,000 new, clean bars of soap to people in need across the globe each year.

The new program has already been tested on several of Carnival’s cruise ships and will be rolled out across its entire North American fleet by the end of July. It is one of multiple initiatives underway to further reduce waste disposal and recycle additional products used on board.

Through its partnership with Carnival Cruise line, Clean the World will be able to expand its existing recycling program to locations throughout the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Bermuda and Central America, providing life-saving hygiene services to residents in these areas as well as further support its WASH programming in the Dominican Republic.

Nearly 5,000 children under age five die each day – two million children a year – due to hygiene-related diseases. Through its efforts, Clean the World has contributed to a 60 percent reduction in the death rate of young children worldwide.

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  1. I take bar soap with me on cruises as the “body wash” provided on the lines we have cruised irritate my skin. I also take my own shampoo. Now if I forget to repack the soap, it will be used, not discarded. My son also volunteered in an effort in Atlanta where bar soaps were collected from hotels to melt and send to charities such as homeless shelters. Don’t knock these efforts, Jacque. It is helping!!

  2. Geez, lots of companies have been doing that for many years! What took them so long??? Now, the trend is to eliminate bars in favor of liquids to eradicate waste, and eliminate all aspects of recycling. By eliminating the cost associated with recycling, companies are now able to send more NEW goods to those in need.

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