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Sheraton Suites at the Orlando International Airport became a participating partner of CTWF today bringing the total number of hotels donating discarded soap and shampoo to nine.
We had a great meeting today with the assistant general manager of Hawthorn Suites at Orlando International Airport, Mercedes Ithier-Rivera. At around 10 am five members of CTWF barged into the hotel with her Participating Partner plaque in hand and Mercedes was there to welcome us with open arms.
Bobby, our videographer, captured some wonderful footage of the plaque presentation and words of appreciation from both Mercedes and Shawn Seipler, our executive director. Mercedes gave us a tour of the facilities as we discussed the guest and environmental benefits our services provide.
Hawthorn Suites is one the first hotels to join the partnership program and is 100 percent on board with our soap and shampoo recycling efforts. It was a pleasure to finally meet Mercedes and we look forward to developing our partnership in the future.
Visit their website at www.hawthorn.com
According to CFHLA Cares, the charitable arm of CFHLA, there are nearly 3,000 transient students attending classes in Orange and Osceola Counties, some of whom live in temporary housing conditions such as motels and vehicles.
It was an incredible experience to pull up to the Buena Vista Palace Hotel parking lot full of CFHLA volunteers taking donations out of people’s cars and loading them into a large van. Along with a donation table full of donated items on display, there were two school busses packed with donated items from across both counties. To make the event even more memorable, everyone donating was greeted by the upbeat tunes of the Osceola High School Marching Band.
CTWF hopes to donate even more soap and shampoo to the CFHLA Cares collection drive in November.
CTWF is rapidly getting things together for the Central Florida Earth Day event, May 2nd at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. The event, which is geared toward an eco-friendly lifestyle, will feature over 285 vendors who cater to organic, vegan or earth-friendly products or services. There will be several guest speakers discussing a variety of eco-friendly topics including sustainable government practices, a central florida food network, green homebuilding, health and wellness, water conservation and others.
Along with the many vendors and sponsors, Central Florida Earth Day will feature numerous musicians and other entertainers. Performers include bands The Forefathers, Stranger Than Fiction and Token Gamblers.
As an event tree sponsor, CTWF will have a booth at Earth Day where we’ll have our recycled soap on display, feature a bubble playtime for children, and raise funds for our recycling efforts by selling raffle tickets. Prizes include gift certificates to vegan dining at Ethos, a one night stay at Nickelodeon Family Suites, $25 dollars off at Hilton Garden Inn, spa gift basket and more.
Come out for the day on May 2nd and drop by our booth to meet the team and learn more about our soap recycling efforts throughout Central Florida. If you don’t have time to make it to the event, please make a donation online so we can continue providing soap to help save lives.
For more information on earth day visit, www.cfearthday.org
A recycling breakthrough this week allowed the CTWF operations team to produce a smoother bar of recycled soap, similar to bars found at local grocery and drug stores. These more favorable looking bars will allow CTWF to explore donation opportunities within retail channels both domestically and abroad.
Here are some tips to consider when rebatching soap. Remember, everyone has their own preferences when it comes to rebatching soap, so be sure to experiment to your liking.
- Shred the soap before you begin to melt it down by using a grater or food processor.
- For soap that has aged over two weeks, try soaking the shavings in water overnight by placing in a pan and adding enough water to coat the shavings, then cover.
- For harder soaps, instead of soaking shavings in water, try milk or coconut milk to soften it more.
- The moister (softer) the base soap, the easier the rebatch will be.
- Be very patient while melting because if you heat the soap too hot and fast you can burn the soap without fully melting it.
- Try to not to stir too much or too vigorously as this can make too many bubbles and cause pockets.
- The final complete meltdown should look like a gel but is still pourable to a degree.
- When the soap smooths out you can stir in any essential oils, fragrances, oatmeal, etc. that you desire.
- Use a hand mixer to blend the soap before pouring into a mold.
- Pour into a mold as soon as it gels because if you wait too long it might foam and bring about air bubbles.
- Let it set up a couple of days, pop it from the molds and let it age a week or two.
Last night we attended the HSMAI Spring Fling at Blue Martini. It was mentioned that this event was their first after hours social in years and they did not disappoint. I had never been to Blue Martini before and discovered it to be a beautiful bar attached to the Mall at Millenia. There I met with several past colleagues who work at companies such as Nickelodeon Family Suites, McCormick & Schmick’s, Universal Studios and others.
Needless to say we had a great time and the networking was fabulous. The drinks were pretty good too! Everyone I spoke to was really interested in our soap recycling efforts and our mission to save lives by promoting handwashing and distributing soap to those in need. I have a feeling we made a great impression on the attendees, many of whom we hope to become partners within the not-so-distant future.
The Orlando chapter of HSMAI, which stands for Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, is Central Florida’s leading professional association for sales and marketing professionals involved in tourism, travel, and hospitality. We’d like to thank them for hosting such a wonderful event and we look forward to the next one.
Clean the World Foundation has now collected over 1,000 pounds of donated soap and shampoo from Orlando area hotels.
Our hotel partners include Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Select, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Marriott Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott.
We’d like to thank these partners for their donated soap and shampoo as we embark on a mission to save lives by recycling and distributing it to local homeless shelters and impoverished countries worldwide. These “early-adopters” are making a difference in people’s lives and we congratulate them on their commitment to our recycling efforts.
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