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Carnival Cruise Line Partners with Clean the World to Assist in Global Soap Recycling Initiative

You come home with amazing memories from your cruise…but you almost always leave behind a bar of soap.

Great news: now your leftovers are doing some good! Thanks to Carnival’s new partnership with Clean the World, we’re making sure any soap that’s left at the end of your North American cruise doesn’t end up in the trash.

Instead, your soap is goes to people who need it. Believe it or not… we’re recycling it!

If that sounds a little odd, hear us out. It works like this:

  1. Once you head home, your stateroom steward collects whatever soap is left behind in the bathroom.
  2. We gather all the soap on the ship and send it off to our partners at Clean the World.
  3. They get the soap, melt it down and use it to form new bars of soap. (And don’t worry — they clean it first.)

little girls washing their hands

We think this is so cool!

Our partnership means that every year 400,000 more bars of new soap — made from 40-ish tons of scraps we expect to collect — will end up in the hands of people who need them in Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Mexico, Bermuda, Central America and the Dominican Republic.

little boys washing their hands

It’s truly not a stretch to say that a simple bar of soap has the potential to transform someone’s life. Hygiene matters: nearly 5,000 kids die every day of related diseases, and Clean the World can say it’s helped reduce this number by a full 60%!

This is so important, it’s even caught the attention of the folks at the top:

“We’re proud and honored to be the first large-scale cruise line to partner with Clean the World,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

children splashing water around

“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 areas most in need of this support,” says Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of 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 program will continue to grow in the future.”