SOAPFUL by Sunway Hotels & Resorts - A Soap Repurposing Project to Help Selected Homes Set-up Social Enterprise

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While most hotel soaps – used once or twice – usually end up in landfills, Sunway Hotels & Resorts has now found a more sustainable way to repurpose used soaps to help communities in need.
Sunway Group President Office Executive Vice President Evan Cheah, DYTM Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah, Sunway Hotels & Resorts Regional Senior General Manager Kelly Leong, Ecolab Malaysia and Singapore Managing Director Ong Kian Tick; and Kinder Soap Founder Anita Ho at the presentation of 1,000 soap bars to PKAYDEM

The hospitality group presented 1,000 bars of repurposed soap to Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim Darul Ehsan Malaysia (PKAYDEM), under Yayasan Islam Darul Ehsan (YIDE), to kick start the home’s social enterprise project 
on 5th Dec 2018. The Soapful project is a collaboration with various project partners – Ecolab Sdn Bhd, Kinder Soaps Sdn Bhd and the Selangor Youth Community (SAY).
DYTM Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah having a go at grating soap together with the children, while Kinder Soap founder, Michelle Ho looks on

The repurposed soaps were made from some 100 kgs of leftover soaps from Sunway Hotels & Resort’s located in Sunway City – Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Sunway Pyramid Hotel and Sunway Clio Hotel, which were collected since July this year. In 2019, this project will include the other five (5) hotels nationwide namely Sunway Putra Hotel, Sunway Velocity Hotel, Sunway Hotel Georgetown, Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya and The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.
DYTM Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah (R) at the hand hygiene station while Sunway Hotels & Resorts’ Regional Senior General Manager, Kelly Leong looks on

Ecolab will facilitate the collection of used soap bars from the hotels, which are then delivered to Kinder Soaps’ processing lab to be repurposed into new bars of soap, following stringent standard operating procedures that adhere to safety and environment standards. Kinder Soaps will also be teaching and guiding selected homes on the processes of repurposing used soaps. At the end of the one-year project, the aim is for the home to be able to produce their own repurposed soaps for personal use and to be sold as part of their social enterprise programmes at charity sales, community markets and other social platforms.

Sunway Hotels & Resorts will then be working with a new beneficiary selected by SAY. SAY is a long-term partner in this project who will continue to identify the subsequent beneficiaries of this project based on its capacity and to be included as part of their social enterprise programme.
Sunway Hotels & Resorts’ Regional Senior General Manager, Kelly Leong, explained that the Sunway Hotels & Resorts’ #SunwayForGood #SunwaySoapful project was conceptualised to deliver benefits to the environment, society, and the economy in alignment with the hospitality group’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which aims to drive sustainable progress that leaves no one behind.

“Firstly, the project intends to benefit the environment by removing soap waste from the landfills. Secondly, it helps the home reduce cost as the repurposed soap bars are also meant for their personal use. Thirdly, it helps the children cultivate meaningful business skills that will help them break the cycle of poverty. And fourthly, it is our hope that besides utilising the income for their daily needs the children will use these life skills to start their own business and pursue social mobility, or even employ other youths in the future,” he said.

He explained that the Hotel had readily repurposed the 1,000 bars of soap to kick-start the social enterprise. “For the next phase of the project, we will continue to collect used soaps from across our hotels in raw form to be delivered straight to the home. We are targeting to collect 720kgs of soap each year, which can be repurposed into 7,200 bars of 100g soaps to sustain the social enterprise project.”

Royal Patron of SAY, DYTM Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, who graced the event today, said SAY selected PKAYDEM as the first beneficiary orphanage for the project as it is one of the orphanages that is most in need of help in the state of Selangor.

“To deliver long-term impact, it is important that we teach our children and youth how to fish and cultivate independence. SAY will be helping the children set-up their social enterprise in line with its vision to empower children by facilitating capacity building. We will help the children set-up a business structure, obtain space to sell the soaps, as well as determine pricing and market the products.”
To prepare the children for the second phase of the programme, Ecolab demonstrated the proper hand washing procedures during the event, which is an important step before starting the soap making process to ensure no bacteria is passed on, making it safe for personal use. Kinder Soaps Founder, Michelle Ho, then taught PKAYDEM’s children the five-step soap repurposing process in stations set within the Hotel. The five-step process involves grating, mashing, melting, molding, cutting and packaging.

Previously, Sunway Hotels & Resorts’ had implemented the #SunwayForGood #ZeroFoodWastage programme which saw the group of hotels collecting surplus food daily from its food and beverage establishments to feed the urban poor. The ongoing project is anticipated to serve 17,657 individuals from the B40 groups this year.

The community programmes are in line with Sunway’s pledge to create a positive and far-reaching impact on the nation under the banner of #SunwayForGood, aligned with Sunway’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Living sustainable lives isn’t just something we “should” do for the environment. It’s something we must do to preserve our qualities of life and of all of the lives on this planet. And as with so many positive changes we can make in the world, starting at home is often one of the most important things we can do. Together, let's reuse and recycle for the better future.

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17 comments:

Ezna Ahmad Khalili said...

Recycle balik sabun yg telah digunakan dan jgn membazir. Ye lah normally hotel will give us the new soap kan. Then the soap tak akan digunakan balik for new customer. I think idea soapful ni sangat bagus.

mama tisya said...

100kg sabun leftover dr hotel... memang byk juga tu kan tapi sabun2 tu diproses semula dan diberikan ke Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim bagus juga kerana mengurangkan pembaziran sabun terpakai

Maha Mahu said...

Tengku Amir was a very friendly and kind person with a child. This is a great effort from the corporate body to help those in need.

Maha Mahu said...

This is a good idea for this charity and it is also possible that many people are out there, especially the corporate body to help those in need ...

mama tisya said...

100kg sabun leftover dr hotel... memang byk juga tu kan tapi sabun2 tu diproses semula dan diberikan ke Pertubuhan Kebajikan Anak Yatim bagus juga kerana mengurangkan pembaziran sabun terpakai

CXopportunities said...

It is a good collaboration to help others especially orphanage. At least, there is no wasted thing. It such a wonderful idea and good sharing regarding the charity. Good job!

Aida Sue said...

Love the initiative and it is actually one of a kind. Suitable la for long term and help the homes to earn money <3

Bella Jamal said...

Seronoknya dapat experience sendiri macammana cara reproduce semula sabun terpakai. Ada rezeki akan datang nak juga join bersama-sama aktivi kebajikan kepada masyarakat. Wangi tak sabun baru Soupful?

AyuArjuna BiGoshh said...

A good campaign for charity and environment. Wahh rms appearance so cool. Hope can hoin this kind of activity in the future

Mrs Liez said...

Good job for this good charity job. Bagus untuk bantu anak-anak rumah anak yatim yang memerlukan bantuan. Selain itu 1st time dengar tentang penggunaan sabun lama untuk dibuat sabun baru untuk elak pembaziran

Mimi Azirah said...

I suka majlis macam ni. Happening and fun .Nak nak majlis ni diadakan untuk memberi sabun kepada anak anak yatim. Yang seronoknya aktiviti membuat sabun dari sabun hotel yang telah digunapakai .Memang kreatif .

Pamela Yeoh said...

It is a great event. hope more hotels practice this

Sharmin said...

A very commendable event I must say! Noble yet fun and this makes you feel good about being or doing something that you know will help the community to grow - and makes you feel proud for doing what you do.

Henry Tan said...

good event to contribute back to the society, like the saying goes, it is in giving that we receive.

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Rawlins GLAM said...

A good effort for a great cause. Hopefully more hotels and companies will join in the initiative that will benefit the world and the human living in it

Shini Lola said...

A great soap for good cause

Isabel Lee said...

I've used numerous soaps at hotels. They're always new and used for several times only. Never wondered about them until now

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