Bagan Soap Recycling
AKP Project Since 2017
AKP brings hygiene awareness to communities in Bagan through soap recycling
Bagan attracts millions of visitors each year who come to see the stunning ancient temples that are scattered throughout the city. However, after staying a few days, what happens when these millions of visitors check out of their hotel leaving behind the gently used soap that was provided to them in their room? Well, unfortunately, it almost always ends up in the garbage.
Starting in 2017, AKP partnered with a local NGO that is dedicated to giving the soap a second life by making sure that used soap from hotels is recycled. The recycled soap addresses not one but two issues, the environmental waste from the soap and the lack of hygiene awareness in Myanmar. AKP has supported the project by using its vast network to encourage more and more hotels to donate their used soap and supports the work of a full-time hygiene ambassador, Ma Cho (Aunt Cho), to coordinate soap recycling activities, conduct hygiene awareness programs in remote communities, and distribute the recycled soap to locals.
Visit this Project
During your visit to Bagan, visit the soap recycling facility and meet Ma Cho who is dedicated recycling soap and bringing hygiene awareness to communities in Bagan. She will walk guests through the process of recycling soap. With advanced notice, guests are welcome to volunteer and make bars of soap themselves to be donated to a local community.
A&K can include a visit to the Bagan Soap Recycling Project on a Tailor Made Journey to Myanmar. Contact our offices in Australia, the UK or the USA for assistance in creating an itinerary just for you.