Hartsfield Manor in Betchworth has found a way to both support a good cause and utilise the 5,000 bars of barely used soap left by guests each year.
The housekeeping team got so fed up with the wastage of the Molton Brown bars – often used just once and then left on the side – that they decided to do something about it.
One of the housekeepers’ daughters is involved with the charity ‘Go Make a Difference in Tanzania’ via her school St Bedes, and found out that they needed soap.
The housekeeping team have set up a box in the office where all the partly used bars get stored.
Once there are enough, they are boxed up and sent to on to Tanzania to help both children and adults keep clean, and prevent fungal infections.
Jan King, head housekeeper at Hartsfield Manor said:
“We can all make a difference by recycling and at Hartsfield we are actively trying to reduce our waste, which helps our business and often helps charities too.”
Giles Thomas, operations director said:
“The first we heard about this was in our monthly management meeting where Jan presented her teams initiative. What a great idea! it’s fantastic knowing we are doing something in a small way to help and saving waste at the same time.”
More about the charity, and how to get involved, is at www.gomakeadifference.co.uk