Carnival Cruise Line announced on 10th July 2019, their new partnership with Clean the World. They have the intentions of collecting nearly 40 tons of discarded soap each year and recycling them into new soap bars and distributing them to vulnerable communities worldwide.
Clean the World is a global health leader in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and is sustainability dedicated to saving lives by recycling and distributing soap and other hygiene products to more than 127 countries.
Carnival will look to collecting discarded soap from guest and crew staterooms throughout the fleet and send it to a Clean the World recycling centre where the soap will be sanitised, melted down and reprocessed. Together, Carnival and Clean the World will distribute more than 400,000 new, clean bars of soap to people in need across the globe each year. The new programme had already been tested on several of Carnival’s ships and was rolled out across its entire North American fleet at the end of July. It is one of the multiple initiatives underway to further reduce waste disposal and recycle additional products used onboard.
With the help of Carnival, Clean the World will be able to expand their existing recycling programme to locations throughout the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Bermuda and Central America, providing life-saving hygiene services to residents in these areas as well as further support its WASH programming in the Dominican Republic.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line said, “We’re proud and honoured to be the first large-scale cruise line to partner with Clean the World, an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those in underprivileged communities throughout the world.” She went on to say, “Carnival guests use more than three million bars of soap each year. With this partnership, we’ll positively impact the lives of so many people who will have access to a basic hygiene product that so many of us take for granted.”
“We rely on partners to help us deliver much-needed hygiene supplies to children and families in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and South America, which are among the areas most in need of this support,” says Shawn Seipler, founder and chief executive officer, Clean the World. “This incredible partnership with Carnival Cruise Line allows us to expand our outreach, putting more soap into the hands of people in need. We hope that this programme will continue to grow in the future.”
This incredible new partnership will help reduce the death rate of young children due to hygiene-related diseases by up to 60%. Nearly 5,000 children under age five die each day, that’s a staggering two million children a year.