We’ve said before that every detail goes under the microscope during our food and hygiene drops, and we mean it, right down to the environmental impact we leave.
You already know that each bundle also contains soap, but what many of you might not know is where that soap comes from! Eco Soap Bank is a humanitarian and environmental non-profit organization working to save, sanitize, and supply recycled hotel soap to rural communities. Normally, all used soap bars from hotel rooms are discarded and sent to landfills, along with other toiletry waste like bottles of lotion, conditioner, and shampoo. This is a significant volume of non-biodegradable material. Eco-Soap Bank seeks to mitigate this waste in service of the severe global hygiene problem. After they collect used soap bars, unused toiletries, and water bottles from hotels, they sanitize and reprocess the soap into new bars! These bars are 50% cheaper than regular soap bars, meaning we have been able to distribute over 6300 bars since the beginning of the pandemic, and moving forward will distribute over 2300 per month!
By now you’ve undoubtedly seen our food drop photos containing bags of food ready to fill the bellies of our students and their families, but those bags are not what they seem! Those bags from Cleanbodia are actually made from plants and are 100% biodegradable and compostable! We knew that in order to conduct safe, non-contact food drops each bundle needed to be sanitized and individually pre-packed by a PLF staff member to stop the spread. We also knew what a negative impact on the environment it could have if we didn’t find a solution to plastic bags. Our #fooddrops average 4400 biodegradable plant bags per month, so with the help of Cleanbodia we have saved over 10,000 plastic bags from going to landfills!