Global Handwashing Day Is October 15: What You Should Know

Think of Global Handwashing Day as the ultimate health and hygeine reminder: “Don’t forget to wash your hands!”

As kids, this exact sentence might have annoyed us. This past year, this phrase saved us.

Each year, on October 15, we celebrate Global Handwashing Day: a day to remember the importance of such a small action. Washing your hands is a simple habit, yet one of the most effective ways to stay safe, healthy and stop the spread of germs and viruses.

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Global Handwashing Day Promotes Handwashing for the Collective Good

Global Handwashing Day is also the time to remember and realize that washing our hands with soap is a privilege many in the world don’t have.

According to UNICEF, “3 billion people worldwide, including hundreds of millions of school-going children, do not have access to handwashing facilities with soap.”

They also cite that “people living in rural areas, urban slums, disaster-prone areas and low-income countries are the most vulnerable and the most affected.”

Global Handwashing Day is also the time to remember and realize that washing our hands with soap is a privilege many in the world don’t have.

When Samir Lakhani, now founder of Eco-Soap Bank, traveled to Cambodia in 2014, he was hit by the fact that many communities and kids don’t have access to lifesaving products such as hand-washing soap.

How can this reality exist while tons of soaps are thrown away each year in the landfills by manufacturers and hotels, causing not only waste but also environmental damage?

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This is how and why Eco-Soap Bank was born. To rescue quality handwashing soaps from hotels and manufacturers that would otherwise end up in landfills and to employ women from the developing world to transform these leftover soaps into clean soap bars.

Three billion people worldwide do not have access to handwashing facilities with soap. – UNICEF

This is finally making soaps available and affordable for many communities so they can be handwashing with soap on a daily basis.

Since they started in 2014, Eco-Soap Bank has already recycled 730 tons of hand-washing soap that would have otherwise gone to waste.


You Can Help By Supporting the Soap Brands That Support the Eco-Soap Bank

As customers, we don’t think of how much soap is being thrown away daily. From manufacturing errors to packaging misregulations, this is a reality we need to face: good soap ends up being completely wasted.

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But what if we knew the companies we are buying from (and therefore supporting) are actually taking responsibility for their waste and avoiding participating in an environmental and human catastrophe?

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What if instead of buying our regular hand-washing soap bars based on how good they smell, we were to buy them based on the fact these brands donate their leftover products to people in need?

Many sustainable companies are making Eco-Soap Bank’s mission a reality, and you can view that list here for brands you can support for Global Handwashing Day and always.

Make an Impact This Global Handwashing Day

Since we do have the privilege to use hand-washing soap every day, let’s make sure to support companies that understand doing business comes with responsibility and the chance to create a bigger impact.

Your handwashing soap can keep you healthy and also support people all around the world.

To learn more about Eco-Soap Bank, visit https://ecosoapbank.org/

Main Image Source: https://ecosoapbank.org/


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Yasmine Grignard

Yasmine Grignard is a conscious marketing consultant supporting businesses to make a positive impact in the world. She helps business owners find their purpose and craft authentic communication strategies.


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