Up-cycling soap by local women

Every year 75 tons of soap is thrown away by hotels and villas in Bali, maybe used only once or twice. The ZeroWaste Soap program collects, sanitizes, and reprocesses these used soaps into new soaps. It also offers training and employment for women from the local village of Sawangan, who produce the soaps. The up-cycled soaps are distributed to those in need.

kg soap collected

soaps distributed


1) Collection of used hotel soaps

2) Deconstruction of the used soaps

3) Hygienic sanitation

4) Creation of new soaps

5) Packaging the upcycled soaps

6) Redistribution to those in need

How does the ZeroWaste Soap program work?

  • R.O.L.E. Foundation monthly collects the used soaps  from hotels and resorts in Bali. The participant makes sure the soaps are ready for transport.
  • The soaps are being weighted first and then reprocessed at the ZeroWaste Center in Nusa Dua by local women from the surrounding Sawangan area. The monthly fee paid by the participants enables the employment of these women.
  • After proper packaging, the soaps are then being redistributed to those in need.
  • The participating hotels and resorts receive a monthly report, which gives detailed information about the monthly results of the program and the contribution of the participant
  • The participant receives a monthly invoice by email.

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As a business in the Bali’s hospitality industry, you can join the ZeroWaste Soap program and reduce your waste. Monthly partnership fee starts with: $35 USD (Rp. 500k).


Participating companies

“We are very thrilled to join this program that reduces the soap waste going to the landfill and at the same time contribute to those who in need.”

Hemal Jain (Alila Villas Uluwatu)