Recycle soap for a healthier world
SOUTH Gippsland is renowned throughout the world as a remarkable tourism destination.
Now the region’s tourism businesses are being urged to thank the international community by offering something in return: soap.
Wilsons Promontory lightstation keepers Colin and Renata Musson have initiated a South Gippsland wide collection of used soap from accommodation venues to be recycled in to new bars of soap for distribution to countries in need such as India and an orphanage in Africa.
Used soap is donated to the humanitarian and environmental initiative Soap Aid to reduce incidence of sickness due to poor hygiene.
“Soap Aid relies on the efforts of Rotary volunteers to pick up from contributing hotels and while a logistics company is aiding with transport from interstate capital cities to the Braeside, Melbourne recycling plant, Soap Aid still needs a lot of support,” Mrs Musson said.
The Mussons have started collecting at the Prom lightstation and with the aid of housekeeping staff at Tidal River, will be picking up from there too.
“As Gippsland has a lot of small accommodation providers, we thought it would be great to get the word out and get the broader community involved,” Mrs Musson said.
“We thought if we could organise a few central locations where people could drop their clean, used, but unwanted soap into large labelled containers that we would provide, we would be happy to pick them on our way back to Melbourne every fortnight and organise delivery to the factory.
“Any clean bar soap – not liquid or glycerine – would be welcome and every small contribution counts.”
Used soap can be delivered to Hartley-Wells, Leongatha, Prom Coast Holiday Lodge, 1075 Waratah Road, Waratah North and Promhills Cabins, Yanakie.
- To find out more, see www.soapaid.org
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