Tropicana Evansville Collecting Soap for Global Project

Tropicana Evansville is helping out in a global effort to get soap in the hands of people living in third world countries.
Tropicana Evansville is helping out in a global effort to get soap in the hands of people living in third world countries.

The hotel has been collecting leftover soap from guests then donating it to The Global Soap Project which recycles the soap.

"We sort the soap by color," said Derreck Kayongo of The Global Soap Project. "So, we have the blues, the yellows. And then we peel the first layer off, which is what you use in the hotel, and we get to the inside part of that soap. That's what we break down into what we call 'spiders'. And we create a filling texture out of it through a technique I developed, and then we warm it up to about 100 degrees. And out comes a fresh new bar of soap."

Americans reportedly throw away 800 million bars of soap every year.

Organizers say so many African children die from health issues that could be prevented if they washed their hands. They say this project could have a big impact on those who can't afford to buy soap.
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