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A Spotlight on Marriott Early Adopters…

Clean the World’s success within the hospitality industry was no doubt as a result of a few, key meetings and interactions. These interactions involved individuals at hotels that quickly understood our mission and impact and became the “early adopters” of our recycling program. Without these individuals, we would not be where we are today.

Our very first Marriott property was the Marriot Orlando Airport found here: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcoap-orlando-airport-marriott.  Because our dear friends Glenn and Roy understood the impact that Clean the World could make in Central Florida and beyond, they brought us to a larger meeting of Marriott properties held by Ron at his beautiful property, the Marriott World Center- http://www.marriottworldcenter.com/.  This first presentation and acceptance launched a string of Marriott properties becoming Clean the World recycling partners in Central Florida. Other notable properties such as the Renaissance Sea World and the Residence Inn Sea World quickly came on board.

And we are pleased to announce that the latest Central Florida Marriott property to become a Clean the World Recycling Partner is the Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes. Found here: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Orlando/Default.htm, the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes is a stunning sister property to another beautiful Clean the World partner, J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes.

And beyond Central Florida, more Marriott properties continue to join the ranks of Clean the World Recycling Partners:

Our first stop on our tour is the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Nestled in the beautiful snow covered Rocky Mountains in Avon, Colorado, The Ritz-Carlton is rightfully listed as one of the top 500 Best Hotels for 2010, as determined by Travel & Leisure. That is an understatement to say the least. Beyond the obvious attraction of natural scenic beauty, The Ritz-Carlton boasts 180 guest rooms, 40 suites, exclusive access to the Red Sky Golf Club, and a 21,000 square foot spa. This beautiful location will bring out the adventurer in all who stay there. On your next trip west be sure to stop and spend a couple nights with our friends at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Book your reservation at: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/BachelorGulch/Default.htm.

Back in the sunshine state on the gorgeous gulf coast we have three new partners to share with you.

First up is the Residence Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/piecw-residence-inn-st-petersburg-clearwater/.  Just a short drive from the western shore of Old Tampa Bay, The Residence Inn is a must stay for any traveler heading to the Tampa/St. Pete area. Aside from all of the traditional lodging comforts, The Residence Inn has some unexpected services like complimentary grocery shopping and daily housekeeping. You’ll enjoy a beautifully redecorated suite with a full kitchen, a living area big enough for entertaining and a sleeping area with plush new beds and comforters. If you’re heading to the Clearwater/St. Pete area, whether for a Buccaneers’ game, or just a day at the beach don’t forget to stop and stay at this beautiful Marriot Property.

Our next stop in the Clearwater/St. Pete area is the Courtyard St. Petersburg/Clearwater. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tpapg-courtyard-st-petersburg-clearwater/. The Courtyard St. Petersburg Clearwater is located just 1 mile from the Carillon Business Park and St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport. It is a short drive from both Ft. DeSoto and Caladesi Island and is a great place for business or leisure travelers alike. If you love to shop, take a short drive into Tampa and indulge yourself at the International Plaza or Westshore Mall. Please be sure to book your next trip to the bay at The Courtyard St. Petersburg/Clearwater.

Finally, a true gem of the hospitality industry. Known as the showplace of the waterfront, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is the only luxury St. Petersburg, Florida hotel on the West Coast. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tpasr-renaissance-vinoy-resort-and-golf-club/. With the combination of a private marina, 18-hole golf course and 12-court tennis complex. Ideally situated on the water and just minutes from St. Pete beach, the Vinoy hotel in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida is a fine example of 1920’s Mediterranean Revival architecture that has earned it a National Register of Historic Places designation. If you have a taste for the finer things in life be sure to stay at The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club the next time you venture to the Gulf.

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PRESS RELEASE: SONOMA SOAP COMPANY AND CLEAN THE WORLD CO-BRAND SOAP PRODUCTS TO SAVE LIVES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Orlando, FL — Friday, March 5, 2010— Sonoma Soap Company is adding something to their all-natural line of Sonoma Soap Products. Starting in April 2010 the Sonoma brand will carry the Clean the World logo on its packaging. The co-branded natural bar soaps are part of a unique marketing effort with the non-profit, Clean the World. In addition to the awareness generated by the new packaging, Sonoma will donate a portion of the proceeds of each co-branded bar purchased to help in their mission of saving lives and recycling soap.

“We are proud of this alliance with Clean the World to generate funds and awareness to help save lives and the environment. Through our partnership, Sonoma Soap Company, along with our consumers, can play a role in the fight against illness and death caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease in countries across the globe. Now when you go with Sonoma Soap Company products, you can make good things happen,” said Peter Caparis of Sonoma Soap Company.

Soap Saves Lives
According the World Health Organization, 3.5 million children die from treatable illnesses, including pneumonia and diarrheal disease each year. That is the equivalent of 9,000 children daily. Up to 65% of these deaths could be prevented by simple hand-washing with soap and water. Details of these studies are available at http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/

Recycling Soap
Each day millions of pounds of soap, shampoo, conditioner and other personal care items are discarded by the hospitality industry as part of their normal housekeeping practices. Clean the World collects these items, sanitizes them and distributes them to people in need around the world. In the 2009, Clean the World has recycled more than 4 million bars of soap and 200,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner, simultaneously eliminating over 380 tons of waste.

Sonoma Green Products
The Sonoma Soap Company’s commitment to the planet is clear: All of their personal care products contain at least 99% natural ingredients, they adhere to green chemistry principles and all product packaging is recyclable.

“The Sonoma brand is a great match for Clean the World. Their commitment to environmental issues and social responsibility makes Sonoma a perfect partner for us.” said Shawn Seipler, executive director and co-founder of Clean the World . “This is a great way to get the word out about our cause and help us reach more people in need.”

About Clean the World, Inc.
An Orlando-based charitable organization, Clean the World, Inc. is committed to the prevention of illness and death caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease in countries across the globe. In an effort to prevent these needless deaths from occurring, Clean the World collects discarded soap and shampoo from hotels to be recycled and distributes these soap products along with appropriate educational materials to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished people worldwide. In 2009, Clean the World collected, recycled and distributed over 230 tons of soap and other bathroom amenities to impoverished people worldwide. With the donations of these discarded soap and shampoo products, Clean the World is a step closer to reaching their goal of preventing the millions of lives lost each year — and they’re doing it one bar of soap at a time. Clean the World Foundation, Inc is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

About Sonoma Soap Company
Sonoma Soap Company, makers of all-natural body care products, recently introduced shampoos, conditioners, liquid soaps, bar soaps, bath and shower gels and body lotions, which, like the artisans before them, capture the essence and organic goodness of California’s wine country.

Every Sonoma Soap Company product is made from a traditional Sonoma blend of certified organic ingredients including lavender, citrus, wildflowers, cedarwood, oatmeal, maple and more. The products are between 99% and 99.7% natural, 100% vegetarian and paraben and phthalate free. The colors and fragrances are 100% pure, with nothing added to alter the lovely natural aromas. Using high-quality natural ingredients results in effective yet gentle cleansing, deep hydration and restorative nourishment for the hair and skin.

Each Sonoma Soap Company variety, including First Crush, Lavender Reserve and Citrus Medley, evokes an authentic Sonoma Valley experience. Products are available at independent health food stores throughout the country. For more information, please visit http://www.sonomasoapcompany.com/ or write to info@sonomasoapcompany.com.

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