In Aachen, Germany, students collect hotel soaps and recycle them with the help of workers with disabilities to produce new, sustainable and solidarity-based soaps.

Avoiding waste in the hotels

Each second, 300 soaps from hotels are thrown away in the world, which equals about 950 million soaps going to the incinerator each year, whereas they are barely used. In order to fight against this waste, the Rebubble project proposes a second life to these soaps.

Thanks to a partnership between four big hospitality groups, the voluntary students who created RBbubble organize the collection of used soaps. They are then sent to a working center who partners the project, where people with disabilities recycle the soaps: they are chipped, cooked and cast to create new ones. The soap production is then sold locally.

A social soap

This soap recycling process is made up of simple gestures, designed to be inclusive and accessible to everyone. Recycling hotel soaps has an ecological dimension, allowing big hotels to reduce their carbon footprint and it also has a social utility, allowing people with disabilities to access a fairly paid work.