As the world combats COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasize handwashing as our strongest line of defense against infection. Unfortunately, access to hand soap remains alarmingly limited for vulnerable populations. This includes low-income families, the homeless, incarcerated people, refugees, and others. For many, it is a decision between using limited resources to eat or remain safe. In even more desperate cases, accessing soap is not even an option.
To live out our mission in this critical time, we have ramped up relief efforts to donate 3.55 million soap bars. Domestically, 2.2 million soap bars have been donated to food banks, homeless shelters, jails, and re-entry programs in 14 states across the U.S. We have donated 1.35 million emergency relief soap bars to 7 developing countries, including Sierra Leone where the International Rescue Committee (IRC) cites only 13 ventilators for a population of 7.9 million people. These soap bars will go to hospitals, health clinics, refugee camps and NGOs.
Our efforts are made possible through our longstanding partnerships. Clean the World has been running their recycled soap production 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to help meet the U.S. need for soap during this crisis. They are producing over 2 million soap bars for our efforts. Marietta Hospitality has tapped into their soap supply for hospitality customers to donate 200,000 soap bars to Feeding South Florida. On the international front, Ecosoap Bank has worked tirelessly with local soap makers in the regions they serve to produce a mix of new and recycled soap.
We’ll send you monthly updates on how your purchase made a difference.
Each of your Soapbox products donates a bar of soap to someone in need and often these bar donations are also paired with proper hygiene education.
Sustainability is key and we practice it by working with local soap makers when available for the bars that are donated.