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The News Minute | February 28, 2015 | 7.17 PM IST

An international organization has come out with an initiative with a view to reduce deaths caused by avoidable illness and also reduce wastage of soaps in hotels.

Melbourne-based Soap Aid is collecting rarely used soaps from hotels to pulp it and remake it into soap bars. Instead of the soaps from hotels going to landfills and taking space, it reaches the poor.

In the past five months a ton of waste soap has been collected by the organization, Theage reported. 30 hotels in Melbourne have already signed a deal with the NGO that they would give them the used soap.

The collected soap is broken down and fresh bars are made out of this. The new bars are then shipped to rural areas in poor countries. 

By next month 1,40,000 bars of re-made soap, each weighing 100 gram will reach villages of Patna.

"It's the ultimate trash-to-treasure story," said Soap Aid chief executive Michael Matulick. "We're repurposing this trash from one part of the world and making it into a reusable commodity that can save lives."

The soap cover will also have a message that would say thatby washing their hands with soap many a diseases can be prevented.

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