Carolina Obeid, Unisoap Middle East director. Carolina Obeid, Unisoap Middle East director.

Founded in September 2017, France-based non-profit company Unisoap has expanded to the UAE and set up a soap recycling facility in the International Humanitarian City in Dubai which officially opened on April 3, 2018.

The company’s mission is to collect partially used soaps from partner hotels and recycle them into new bars and redistributes it to the needier in an effort to promote hygiene and help the underprivileged.

A typical 400-room hotel on average generates 3.5 tonnes of solid soap waste that usually ends up in the landfills and every day, 1.5 million soap bars are wasted by the hospitality industry, according to a statement by Unisoap.

To combat the waste, the company’s humanitarian mission led by founder and CEO Ludovic Loffreda, is focusing on three goals: to help the environment by reducing soap waste from hotels, assist in the prevention of hygiene-related diseases in emerging countries by raising public awareness and recruiting candidates with disabilities for soap recycling and developing local production units.

Unisoap’s first hygiene education mission will be in Mongolia. Currently, the non-profit has soap recycling facilities only in Lyon, France and Dubai.

In the UAE, Unisoap has partnered with a few hotels to contribute to their to cause namely Five hotel, Four Seasons Dubai Resort Jumeirah Beach, Four Seasons DIFC, Fairmont Ajman, Palazzo Versace Dubai, TRYP by Wyndham, Majlis Grand Mercure Abu Dhabi with more hotels looking to join according to Carolina Obeid, Middle East director for Unisoap.

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