Every day, hotels in Las Vegas throw away tons of partially used bars of soap despite the large need for hygiene-related products around the world. In order to improve the health of vulnerable populations, a nonprofit moved to North Las Vegas to recycle soap from Sin City’s most popular hotels.
The Global Soap Project recently relocated from Atlanta to a 7,000-square-foot manufacturing plant at 3917 E. Lone Mountain Road.
“For us, it was about achieving the highest concentration of hotel rooms in the country,” said Sam Stephens, executive director of the nonprofit. “There are about 150,000 hotel rooms throughout the country, and 25 percent are in Las Vegas.”
By relocating to Southern Nevada, Stephens expects production to increase from 1 million to 4 million bars a year.
Derreck Kayongo, a Uganda refugee, founded the program in 2009 after witnessing the large amount of soap that is wasted in hotel rooms. He became inspired to recycle the soap and send it to impoverished countries.