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Distribution Makes a World of Difference

You’ve often heard and read about Clean the World’s accomplishment of distributing more than 9 million bars of soap and more than 6.2 million bottled amenities in the United States, Canada and in more than 45 other countries.

But where do the soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels ultimately go? You may be surprised to learn the answer.

Clean the World successfully works with more than 1,200 hotel partners to collect and recycle hotel soaps for distribution to children and families in need. What you may not know is that Clean the World also encourages and receives a substantial number of donations from schools, church groups, corporations, community organizations, and individuals with a shared goal of helping others stop the spread of preventable disease with soap.

And many of these items go to domestic homeless shelters, rescue missions, women’s shelters and children’s charities that have expressed a need and desire for hygiene items to comfort those in their care. [Note: If you know of an organization in need of hygiene supplies, please click here to request relief help from Clean the World.]

Since its founding in February 2009, Clean the World has distributed 1,042,917 lbs. of soap and 581,754 lbs. of shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to people in need.
In addition to soaps and standard hotel bottled amenities, Clean the World also shipped 48,000 bottles of hand sanitizing foams and gels to communities in Haiti to help stop the spread of disease.

More recently, Clean the World delivered 2,500 hygiene kits to communities in the Dominican Republic through an organization called FUNDHUBA, a D.R.-based non-profit that works in rural areas promoting hygiene issues. The kits, which contain soaps and bottled amenities, are wrapped in reusable PeopleTowels that were donated specifically for distribution to children and families overseas. Another 4,000 kits will be shipped to Haiti this week, with plans to send thousands more to Honduras and, possibly, Guatemala and Nicaragua in the near future.

Earlier this year, Clean the World formed a special partnership with Harvest Time International. Each week Harvest Time picks up a semi-truck of sanitized bottled amenities and re-distributes them to domestic homeless shelters and other non-profits across the Caribbean and Latin America.

Clean the World has also been involved in major worldwide relief efforts. More than 2 million bars of soap have been distributed in Haiti, most of it through a series of soap distribution trips following the Jan. 2010 earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak. But Haiti is not the only beneficiary of such generosity on the part of our partners and supporters. Through a series of additional distribution partnerships, Clean the World delivered hygiene kits, soaps, bottled amenities and bottled water to victims of the tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., and earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, Pakistan and the Philippines.

In the United States and Canada, Clean the World frequently donates soaps and hygiene-related items to The Salvation Army, Las Vegas Rescue Mission, New Missions, Fresh Start Ministries, Opportunity House, Bronx Neighborhood Cluster Program and many more deserving organizations that have requested hygiene items from Clean the World.

This Christmas season, as we did last year, we will work with our friends at Project Shoebox and many other church groups across the United States to deliver much needed hygiene products in shoeboxes for those hurting right here at home.

You can help, too. If you know of any organizations that can benefit from receiving soaps and bottled amenities from Clean the World, please visit our website and let us know. We are the leaders of a global hygiene revolution, but we will not overlook those who are struggling in our own backyard. Soap saves lives, and it all starts with passion and a willingness to help others. Thanks for helping Clean the World.

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Marietta Corp. – Platinum Sponsor for Our Gala

Marietta Corporation, a leading hotel amenities provider to the hospitality industry worldwide, stepped up in a big way by becoming a Platinum Sponsor for the Inaugural Clean the World Gala. The event is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 5, at The Peabody Orlando.

Marietta joins an impressive list of corporate sponsors who are proudly displaying their continuing support for Clean the World by sponsoring the Gala. Click here for a list of our corporate sponsors.

“We’re pleased and proud to be a Platinum Sponsor for the Inaugural Clean the World Gala,” says Donald W. Sturdivant, CEO at Marietta Corp. “The hospitality industry is embracing the concept of sustainabillity and socially responsible programs to limit the amount of hotel waste and leverage our resources to help improve hygiene conditions for people in need. Clean the World is a leader in this effort, and we’re happy to partner with them in advancing a global hygiene revolution.”

Marietta’s sponsorship at the $10,000 level provides a timely boost to the Gala, which is now less than three weeks away. The Gala is a celebration of the hospitality industry’s embrace of Clean the World’s sustainable and socially responsible programs, and it should a fun night for all involved.

The Inaugural Clean the World Gala features cultural dancing and live entertainment representing several countries who receive soaps from Clean the World. Fine dining, live musical entertainment, heartwarming stories and images, and an opportunity to meet celebrities from Hollywood, the music industry, the NBA and NFL promise to make this a spectacular evening in Orlando.

Have you reserved your spot at that party? Tickets and table sponsorships are going fast. Join us for a night of fine food, fun and fundraising. Register online to attend our Inaugural Clean the World Gala. We’ll see you there!

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Clean the World Offers Carbon Neutral Deliveries with UPS

Clean the World is working with UPS to ensure that all deliveries of soaps and bottled amenities from Clean the World will be recognized as “carbon neutral” and eligible to earn carbon offset credits to help protect our planet.

UPS offers carbon neutral shipping to Clean the World and its participating hospitality partners. As part of this innovative program, all collection bins and packages shipped via UPS will be specially marked with the UPS carbon neutral shipment logo. The special logo is a symbol of Clean the World’s commitment to reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) impact from shipping, and the desire of our more than 1,200 hospitality partners throughout North America to promote sustainability and social responsibility.

UPS purchases certified carbon (CO2) offsets to help balance out the emissions produced by the transportation of shipments, including soaps and bottled amenities, as they are distributed around the world. UPS has supported projects that include reforestation, landfill gas destruction, wastewater treatment, and methane destruction.

“Consistent with our commitment to sustainability and protecting our planet, carbon neutral shipping through UPS is an exciting, new and valuable component to our hospitality partnership program,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO at Clean the World. “We’re happy to take part in a socially responsibly shipping solution, and we encourage our hotel partners to do the same so we can save lives with soap while creating a cleaner world.”

Clean the World receives and ships large volumes of soaps and bottled amenities each day, so this carbon neutral program with UPS should be an excellent fit. Since February 2009 Clean the World has distributed more than 9 million bars of soap and more than 500,000 lbs. of bottled amenities in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries.

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