Human Capital joins Soap Cycling in Hong Kong

May 2016

Last 23-25 April, the Human Capital (HC) team flew to Hong Kong for their summer outing.

During their trip, the team engaged in volunteer work with Soap Cycling.

Soap Cycling is a non-profit organization based in Hong Kong that advocates the preservation of the environment through sanitation, waste reduction, and education. Their primary advocacy is carried out through recycling and redistributing used soap and raising awareness on the often overlooked importance of proper daily hygiene.

Soap Cycling aims to reduce preventable child deaths in Southeast Asian countries and contribute to the overall Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4) target of reducing the under-five mortality rate by two-thirds until 2015 (baseline considered 1990).  The organization operates by collecting discarded bars of soap primarily from hotel partners.

The team clean and scrape used soap for recycling.

The team bonds with other present volunteers.

Soap Cycling estimates that more than 2 million bars of soap are discarded from hotels in Hong Kong each year. That’s over 60,000 kg of waste annually.  With the help of the community and NGO partners, the recycled soap is delivered to impoverished communities in Asia.

As their way of giving back to society, the HC team dedicated an afternoon to help sort and clean the collected soap. During the activity, the team took the opportunity to learn about the organization, its mission, and how its advocacy helps their target communities. At the end of the day, the team managed to clean numerous boxes of recycled soap and made friends with other volunteers. 

Amidst other pressing environmental problems, the team learned that sanitation and hygiene, both are environmental and health problems, are constantly overlooked. Moreover, Soap Cycling has taught us that by merely washing hands throughout the day, it can significantly reduce the impact of two fatal diseases: acute respiratory infection (e.g., pneumonia) and diarrheal disease plaguing poor communities.

Overall, the HC members learned creative ways of reducing their environmental footprint and took the activity as an opportunity to build camaraderie.

Our firm's Human Capital team with a representative from Soap Cycling.

 

Story contributed by Human Capital Associate Justin S. Asinas

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