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Recycled hotel soaps for the needy

Social actionCircular economyAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
With 3 €,
Unisoap finances:
1 recycled soap(s) for people in need
2,630 €10,000 €
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An estimated 51 million soaps are thrown away by hotels in France every year, generating a high environmental cost and constituting a deleterious consequence of tourism. And yet, 3 million people in France cannot afford to buy basic hygiene products while the number of homeless people is constantly on the rise. 

Hygiene is not a luxury but a necessity, as it is an issue of public health, social inclusion and well-being.


In order to respond to this dual problem, UNISOAP has developed an innovative solution: used soaps from hotels are collected, recycled and then donated to partner charities, which take charge of distributing them to their beneficiaries.

Humans are at the heart of the UNISOAP approach, which is whythe association also employs disabled people to recycle these soapswithin an ESAT (Établissement et Service d'Aide par le Travail), located in the Lyon region. 
Unisoap primary
Unisoap secondary

Recent result

Since the initiative was launched, nearly 9 tons of soap have been collected from 370 partner hotels. 40 000 soaps and 4,000 hygiene kits have been produced and distributed to underprivileged populations.

The money will be used for

The donations received will help finance a new soap cleaning machine, increasing the association's production capacity and thus covering more needs. This improvement will also give ESAT workers additional skills.


Double the volume of soaps distributed and recycled thanks to the acquisition of a new machine.
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