/ Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

In this series, Know Disney?, blogger Kendall Foreman  introduces readers to aspects of the Walt Disney Company®, its films, history, and parks, which perhaps are heretofore unknown to the reader.



Do you appreciate the complimentary toiletries in your Walt Disney World® resort room each time you stay on property?  Do you use them while there or take them with you at the end of your stay?  If you knew what happens with the leftover bars of soap, you might decide to leave yours behind.

Over the past several years, resorts owned by Disney in Florida, California and Hawaii have partnered with Clean the World Foundation, Inc. to recycle soap and other toiletries.  Founded in 2009, Clean the World works with over 2,000 hospitality partners across the country to train hospitality staff in collecting toiletries, which are then transported to a Clean the World recycling facility.  There, the collected items undergo a rigorous sanitation process, which has been tested and certified for safety.  Once the soap has been sterilized, it is ground into pellets and pressed into new bars which are placed on pallets for distribution.

According to its website, Clean the World has been able to distribute over 17 million bars of recycled soap to families both domestic and international.   These bars of soap are given out with disaster relief supplies, placed in homeless and domestic abuse shelters and distributed as part of hygiene kits to countries desperately in need.  Studies show that the simple act of hand washing can prevent a number of diseases, especially in children.

Clean the World is not only supplying a much needed end-product, its efforts are also driven by environmental consciousness.  The foundation reports that the program has reclaimed 5 million pounds of waste in the past five years.  According to a report by the Disney Parks Blog, in just the first two years of their partnership, Disney collected almost 87 tons of hotel waste.

So, the next time you are packing up at the end of your stay in a Walt Disney World® resort, think about leaving those toiletries behind.  What is more, if you have a partially used bar leftover in the soap dish or shower, do not throw it in the trash because it can also be renewed and utilized.  Your decision to leave those unused as well as used soap bars and toiletries behind will help Disney make a difference.

(Photo from the author’s personal collection.)


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Kendall began visiting Walt Disney World in 1991 with her family and has continued to visit the resort with her husband.  As a child, she and her family filled vacations with challenges such as “How many times can we ride Splash Mountain during SpectroMagic and the fireworks?” (Answer: 7)  Now, after marrying a converted Disney skeptic, she and her husband enjoy challenges such as “How many hours can we eat nonstop at the Food & Wine Festival?” (Answer: 4)



5 thoughts on “Know Disney? — Cleaning Up”

  1. Heather says:

    This partnership is so great! We always bring home the extras, mostly as a silly way to extend the magic at home. Now that I know this, I will try to restrain myself as there are many more people who need these much more than I do!

  2. Richie says:

    I take these items home and dream in the shower!!!!!
    And once the soap is all gone…time to book another trip!!!!!!!

  3. Kendall Foreman says:

    Heather, I am so glad that I was able to share this information with you. I, too, was one who would collect as many toiletry items as I could during my trip in order to be able to relive a small piece of my trip all year long. Now I leave behind everything that I do not absolutely need to use. For those of us who really love the H2O products, you can purchase the exact scents available at the resorts (in full-size) from the Disney Store online.

    Here is a link for anyone who loves the H20 products:

  4. May says:

    This article really highlights Disney’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and the triple bottom line. It is often easy to envision corporations as nothing more than faceless entities, but Disney’s partnership with Clean the World reveals their heart and willingness to give back. Hopefully, all of those hotel soaps will continue to make a difference for needy families. Good work unearthing some of the lesser known facts about Disney.

  5. Anne says:

    May, you couldn’t have said that better.

    Kendall, I did not know about “Clean the World”; therefore, I did not know about Disney’s partnership with them. I will certainly keep this in mind the next time I visit a Disney vacation destination. Thanks for the heads-up.