Concord Hospitality Helps Clean the World

Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company has partnered with Orlando, Fla.-based social enterprise Clean the World Global LLC to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases.
Concord Hospitality represents 82 properties throughout North America. Some of the top performing properties include The Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel and Marriott West Des Moines, which have contributed 824 lbs. of soaps and bottled amenities to Clean the World. These contributions will provide 785 children with enough soap for a full month. Participating Concord properties have contributed 3,352 lbs. of soaps and bottled amenities since joining the Clean the World program in June 2011.

Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases that can be prevented by washing with bar soap. Clean the World has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions.

Marriott West Des Moines

 “Recognizing the remarkable demand for soaps worldwide, and the tremendous good they can provide, Concord Hospitality is pleased to partner with Clean the World,” says Mark Laport, president and CEO of Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company. “Our hotels have earned a reputation for sustainability and social responsibility in many areas, and by joining with Clean the World we can better serve global communities with the support and enthusiasm of our loyal hotel guests. It’s a win-win situation for all involved.”

Clean the World has partnered with more than 1,100 hotel properties in North America to provide soaps and bottled amenities to people in need. While doing so, the organization has also fulfilled a valuable environmental mission by diverting an estimated 1.2 million lbs. (600 tons) of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.

“This partnership underscores Concord’s commitment to a cleaner world,” says Paul Till, president and co-founder of Clean the World. “Each individual property within the Concord family has an opportunity to participate in our global hygiene revolution. We look forward to seeing these properties, and the hard-working employees who represent them, recognize the positive impact they are having on the lives of children and families around the globe.”

TD Bank Grants $15,000 to “Serve and Learn” Program

Students in Orange County, Florida (home of Orlando and Clean the World headquarters) are preparing to do a lot of soap recycling this year.

Thanks to a generous grant by TD Bank an estimated 600 students throughout the region will participate in a program with Clean the World to help bring soap and hygiene education resources to children in the United States, Canada, Haiti and more than 40 countries.

TD Bank recently awarded $15,000 to Clean the World to help fund the “Serve and Learn Program,” a service-learning project aimed at middle and high school students in public and private schools and organized youth groups. Participating students will volunteer for community service at Clean the World’s downtown Orlando recycling operations center (ROC) and will help prepare soaps for recycling and distribution to domestic communities and foreign countries in desperate need of hygiene supplies and education.

The goal of the Clean the World Serve and Learn Program is to integrate meaningful community service to enrich the learning experience for students, while also teaching civic responsibility and helping to strengthen the local community.
“TD Bank really stepped up for us with this effort, and we are very grateful for this generous grant,” says Rosanna Kingston, volunteer and special projects coordinator at Clean the World. “The students will learn first-hand about how to improve personal hygiene, the process by which we sanitize and recycle hotel soaps, and the importance of sustainability and socially responsible stewardship. It should be a really awesome program.”

Each year Clean the World hosts roughly 400 youth volunteers from schools, church groups and organizations at the Orlando ROC for interactive volunteering and hygiene education. Students come to the facility to help participate in the soap recycling process and learn more about how everyone can help stop the spread of preventable diseases, such as pneumonia and diarrheal diseases, by regular hand washing with bar soap.

The Serve and Learn Program will be formally introduced by Clean the World through school visits, social media and community events during the 2011-2012 school year.