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Legacy Yen Tu - MGallery Resort launches 'Soap for Hope' project

Released at: 09:34, 13/11/2019

Legacy Yen Tu - MGallery Resort launches 'Soap for Hope' project

Photo: Bao Chau

Charity project recycling soap for the community gets underway on November 11.

by Jessica Nguyen

“Soap for Hope”, a charity project recycling soap for the community, was officially launched at the Legacy Yen Tu - MGallery Resort in northern Quang Ninh province on November 11.

Each year, a typical hotel with 400 rooms emits an average of 3.5 tons of soap solid waste. Proper handwashing with soap, meanwhile, is the most effective and least costly way to prevent diarrhea and respiratory diseases in developing countries, where millions of children get sick each year.

The “Soap for Hope” project was first launched in Vietnam on August 14, 2015 in Hanoi by Diversey and the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP). To date, it has been expanded throughout the country, recycling 113 tons of used soap into 941,000 “new” soap bars that meet medical standards and are provided free of charge to children and the poor in northern Hoa Binh, Thai Nguyen, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Dien Bien, and Son La, and south-central Binh Dinh and Khanh Hoa provinces, as well as Ho Chi Minh City. The project has attracted the participation of thousands of volunteers around the country, and the program’s success is also due to the enthusiastic response from participating hotels.

“The ‘Soap for Hope’ project is a very practical and valuable activity for the community,” said Ms. Ho Thi Thu Van, Deputy General Director of Legacy Yen Tu Resort. “Yen Tu Legacy is proud to be the first in the area to implement this project. We always strive to reduce waste going into the environment, use green materials, and support and develop the local community. We will take on similar initiatives and projects to promote sustainable development.”

On the day of the launch ceremony, guests and staff at Legacy Yen Tu - MGallery recycled nearly 50 new soap bars and collected 80 kg of used soap. These recycled cakes will be donated to charities and the Dao Thanh Y ethnic minority people in Thuong Yen Cong commune in Uong Bi district, Quang Ninh.

Soap recycling process/ Photo: Bao Chau

Soap recycling is a simple process that requires no electricity or any kind of energy. Soap making utensils are familiar tools in every family’s kitchen, such as cutting boards, knives, pots, fruit scraps, and aromas that create flavors of lemongrass, lemon, and coffee, etc.

The new soap bars are created through a cleaning and cold pressing process with simple but unique and environmentally-friendly devices. The entire process takes less than five minutes, and the soap is then recycled into fresh bars. These newly created soap bars are distributed to communities with or limited access to soap, such as remote areas and poor communities.

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