Cleaning Up

Dave Killion — June 17, 2011

Market participants are forced by competition to constantly be on the lookout for ways to operate more efficiently. They are aided in that process by entrepreneurs, and this combination of incentives drives a great deal of environmental preservation. Take this happy example

“That bar of soap you used once or twice during your last hotel stay might now be helping poor children fight disease.

Derreck Kayongo and his Atlanta-based Global Soap Project collect used hotel soap from across the United States. Instead of ending up in landfills, the soaps are cleaned and reprocessed for shipment to impoverished nations such as Haiti, Uganda, Kenya and Swaziland.”

The hotels lower their waste disposal costs, the Global Soap Project gets a low cost supply of materials, and environmental degradation is slowed even further. Win-win-win. All without any state intervention, coercion, or sacrifice. That’s how libertarian ecology works.

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