What Have We Done?

As we approach Thanksgiving, we arrive at another moment for Clean the World to reflect and give thanks for the incredible movement that has begun and the results it has driven. If I may ask yet another question: “What Have We Done?”

In 2009, we set out to solve a problem: How do we prevent partially used hotel soaps and bottled amenities from being discarded in landfills, and instead distribute these lifesaving hygiene products to those in desperate need all around the world? Little did we know that in solving this problem, together with the worldwide hospitality industry, we would lead a Global Hygiene Revolution!
The industry has responded in an incredible way. And we are thankful!

To date, millions of bars of soap have been collected and distributed by Clean the World and our more than 1,200 hotel partners across North America — more than 9 million bars of soap to be exact!

And in establishing our leadership in this field as the first and foremost recycler of hotel amenities, we have learned about individual hospitality industry efforts, such as Rosen Hotels in Orlando, Fla., with their in-house program that delivers recycled soap to Haiti.

Most recently, the Hilton Worldwide – Global Soap Project social enterprise has been formed to ensure that Hilton soaps are recycled and distributed to those in need on a regular basis. This is great news for the children and families who will receive recycled soaps. Our efforts created demand for these hygiene products, and success always invites imitation.

Clean the World has also collected and either recycled OR re-purposed and re-distributed more than 500 tons of plastic bottled amenities from North American hotels. And so many more hotels are making it a regular practice to partner with local shelters, missions, and food kitchens to make sure that all of those little bottles of shampoo and bath gel that still have product in them, are being used to the final drop.

Ladies and Gentlemen- We have started a Global Hygiene Revolution! And hotels across North America are now faced with a wonderful decision: to recycle their soap and bottled amenities after use or send them to landfills. Why is this a “wonderful” decision? Because as the tremendous, positive response continues, it will lead to more children receiving soap worldwide!

And the revolution is still in its infancy. We’ve only just begun. In 3 years, Clean the World’s soap distribution efforts (9 million bars) combined with others such as Global Soap (150,000 bars) have no doubt resulted in an incredible amount of recycled bars of soap delivered to children and families around the world. But in that same time that we have operated, more than one Billion bars of soap have landed in North American landfills. Yes, Billion with a “B”! And millions of pounds of plastic have unnecessarily arrived there as well.

We cannot stop what we have started! We must continue to adopt and implement soap and plastic bottle recycling programs. Some may say that these programs come at a cost and therefore cannot be implemented today. Indeed there is a cost to participate: from the time and talent it takes each housekeeper, every day to collect these items, to the $0.02 per day cost to operate Clean the World’s Hospitality Recycling Program OR the shipping and material cost to operate other programs.

If you cannot justify the expense today, please budget for it in the future. For such a small financial outlay, these programs are making an incredible impact! As one who has had the privilege and honor of personally delivering tens of thousands of bars of soap to children in tent cities in Haiti and in homeless shelters across the United States, the impact is being felt and is realized daily!

We call upon the global hospitality community to keep the movement strong! One way to do so is for all hoteliers, meeting professionals, and soap and bottle recyclers to continue to communicate the impact that we are all making. Communicating quantifiable results to the industry and public is a great way to do this. It is one of the most effective ways to create awareness and drive positive results from our collective customers. Clean the World will begin posting on the home page of our site the actual amount of diverted landfill waste (soap and bottled amenities), as well as the amount of recycled and distributed hygiene products.

And in December, in addition to regular Impact Statements provided to our hotel and meeting professional partners, we will provide our partners web tools to assist in effectively displaying and communicating the actual sustainable and socially responsible impact that they have made.

In 3 years, and with 1.7 million pounds of inbound product collection, Clean the World has processed and distributed more than 85% of the collected product with outbound trucks, pallets and boxes of product daily! On behalf of those receiving the soap and bottled amenities that we deliver, we applaud Clean the World hotel partners and all who are using some method to recycle these desperately needed hygiene products. And we offer special thanks to the more than 5,000 volunteers who have dedicated their time and talent to make Clean the World a success in such a short period of time.

Thank you to the Clean the World Hospitality Partners who have joined, and continued to join, our Global Hygiene Revolution: Walt Disney World Resorts, Central Florida Marriott Business Council, The Peabody Orlando/ Memphis, and Caesars Entertainment; Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Carlson Hotels, Best Western International, Marriott Vacation Club International, and Joie de Vivre Hotels; Mandarin Oriental, Larkspur Hotels,  Preferred Hotel Group, Lakeview Hotels and Resorts, and Bellstar Hotels and Resorts; Canalta Hotels, Concord Hospitality, Hersha Hospitality, Kana Hotel Group, and Kelco Management; Wynn/ Encore, Venetian/ Palazzo, The City of Laguna Beach, Calif., and the Las Vegas Strip; all of the Meeting Professionals, the 165 individual Marriott properties, the 100 individual Wyndham Worldwide properties, and the 100 individual Hilton Worldwide properties; Gilchrist & Soames, Marietta Corporation, and LATHER.

Now, look what you’ve done!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Shawn Seipler
CEO, Clean the World

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Westin Diplomat Collects 24,000 lbs. of Soap

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla., leads all U.S. -based Starwood Hotels and Resorts  properties in amenities contributions through the Clean the World soap collecting and recycling program.

In two full years, the resort has collected more than 24,000 pounds of soaps and bottled amenities (shampoos, conditioners, body washes, lotions and gels) – the most out of 126 Starwood hotels in the program. Starwood Hotels and Resorts became the first corporate partner in the Clean the World program on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

“The housekeeping team has been the driving force behind our success with this program,” says Michelle Gash, restaurant event manager and sustainability champion. “It’s amazing to watch their pride in helping people in need. We are glad to be partners with Clean the World and to be able to see our contribution going to help prevent disease and sickness in less fortunate countries.”

Orlando, Fla.-based Clean the World is the global leader in hotel amenities recycling, and serves as the industry standard with its ission to collect and deliver hygiene products to stop the spread of preventable diseases.

In less than three years, Clean the World has collected, recycled and distributed more than 9 million bars of soap and more than 600,000 pounds of bottled amenities in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries, including. This effort has helped divert more than 1.2 million pounds of hotel waste from polluting local landfills.

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 Foundation has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most — to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions, to lessen the impact of disease, and to promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.

“Something so simple can save so many lives,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder at Clean the World. “Westin Diplomat continues to be a tremendously generous and supportive partner, as have all of the Starwood properties, and they are helping us deliver on our promise to collect, recycle and distribute much-needed hygiene products to communities so desperately in need. We’re turning trash into treasure and saving lives in the process. That’s a powerful partnership.”

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Bob McAbee’s Story: ‘A Fresh Start’

Bob McAbee rededicated his life to helping others.

It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States, but we don’t need to have a holiday to be thankful for the people who help support Clean the World.

That includes the many fine people who work each day to ensure that our operations run smoothly so hygiene products may be recycled and distributed to people they may never meet.

One such person is our own Bob McAbee, facility director at Clean the World’s Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center.

Bob recently shared his very personal story – he calls it his “testimony” – with Sonya Padgett, a reporter from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Reading the story helps remind us all that no matter where we may be in life at this very moment, there is always something better ahead for us if we just work hard, rededicate our efforts and believe in the power to transform our lives by helping others.

Thanks for helping Clean the World. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pineapple Hospitality Donates 90,000 Bottled Amenities to Clean the World

Summary: Eco-friendly body washes, lotions and conditioners to be distributed domestically, bringing comfort and improved hygiene to children and families in homeless shelters, rescue centers and missions.

As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, with all of its traditional abundance, one Missouri-based company is giving from its bounty to help Clean the World.
Pineapple Hospitality, the premier distributor of “green” hotel products and marketing programs to the hospitality industry, has donated more than 90,000 bottles of eco-friendly body washes, lotions and conditioners to improve comfort and dignity for children and families in distressed situations throughout the United States. The donations will be received by Clean theWorld, an Orlando, Fla.-based organization that recycles and distributes hygiene products to people in need.

The decision to donate the products comes right before Thanksgiving Day, but will have lasting impact for recipients of the Pineapple Hospitality products during and after the holiday season.

“We’re all aware of the economic and social distress so many families are experiencing in our own country and around the world,” says Ray Burger, CEO and president at Pineapple Hospitality. “Clean the World, with its impressive record of sustainability and social outreach, provides an ideal vehicle for our company to share our beauty and hygiene resources with those who need them most.”

Clean the World, a social enterprise committed to saving lives and protecting our planet, works with more than 1,200 hospitality partners in North America to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases.

“Through the generosity of partners such as Pineapple Hospitality, we are able to advance our mission to improve the hygiene and living conditions of children and families all over the globe,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder at Clean the World. “Particularly in the United States, where we often take for granted our many gifts and privileges, we will be able to offer hygiene support and comfort that aligns with our goal to save lives with soap and bring dignity with simple gifts in troubling times.”

In less than three years Clean the World has collected, recycled and distributed more than 9 million bars of soap and more than 600,000 lbs. of bottled amenities in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries. This effort has helped divert more than 1.2 million lbs. of hotel waste from polluting local landfills.

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Soaps and Bottled Amenities in Great Demand

Clean the World continues on a frenetic pace with soap and bottled amenities distributions in the United States, Canada and countries around the world. And we are expecting these numbers to grow as we enter the holiday “giving” season where charitable donations are in steep demand.

Here’s what we’ve been able to accomplish with our global distribution partners and local organizations in just the past two weeks:
        Our friends at Sysco Guest Supply helped process nearly 200,000 bars of Clean the World soap for World Vision, which picked up 34 pallets of soap for global distribution (1,080 lbs. per pallet / Total: 35,640 lbs. of soap). An additional 22 pallets of soaps and bottled amenities will be picked up from our Las Vegas recycling operations center just prior to Thanksgiving Day.
        Children International picked up 20 pallets of soap for distribution to impoverished families in Guatemala.
        Harvest Time International picked up 12 pallets of bottled amenities for distribution in the United States and Latin America.
         Farzine Foundation for Africa is picking up five pallets of soap and bottled amenities for school children and people with disabilities in Sierra Leone.
On the domestic front, Clean the World is working with a number of organizations to provide comfort and better hygiene during the holidays. Past and upcoming distributions include:
          Seminole Families in Transition (Florida) hosted an event in which Clean the World distributed 320 hygiene kits (soaps, bottled amenities) to homeless students and families .
          Kids Closet picked up 2,500 hygiene supplies for school-aged children in the Orlando, Fla.-area.
          The Salvation Army of Central Florida will host its annual Thanksgiving meal for people in need, which will feature the distribution of 5,980 hygiene kits for those in need.
Keep in mind, this is just some of what we are doing in the next few days and weeks. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about our domestic and foreign distributions of soaps and bottled amenities. We want you with us as we fulfill our mission to advance a global hygiene revolution to stop the spread of diseases and save lives with soap.
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Beauty Queen Teen Helps Clean the World

Thanks to Elizabeth Tran, Miss Teen Florida International 2012, for attending our Inaugural Clean the World Gala and for volunteering to recycle soap at our Orlando facility during our “Soapy Saturday” event. We appreciate your passion and support. Thanks for helping Clean the World.

Elizabeth Tran, Miss Teen Florida International 2012

Gala host Tom Sorrells and Elizabeth Tran

Miss Teen Florida International 2012 volunteers at Clean the World
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Carlson Establishes Partnership with Clean the World

Guest room soaps and bottled amenities will  be collected, sanitized and recycled for worldwide distribution to stop the spread of preventable diseases

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company,  today announced an agreement between Carlson Hotels and Clean the World Global LLC, a social enterprise committed to saving lives and protecting our planet, to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases.
Clean the World presently works with 19 Carlson affiliated hotels that have contributed more than 8,060 lbs. of soap (nearly 43,000 soap bars). The donated soap provides 8,600 children with enough soap for an entire month.
The agreement, part of Carlson’s Responsible Business program, encompasses 607 hotels in North America and represents a significant new corporate partnership for Clean the World, which presently has hospitality partnerships in place with more than 1,200 hotel properties throughout North America.
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 to lessen the impact of disease and promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.

“We have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to lessen the burden of children and families around the world who are struggling with proper hygiene,” says Beathe-Jeanette Lunde, executive vice president, People Development, Safety and Security, and Responsible Business, Carlson. “By partnering with Clean the World to collect our soaps and bottled amenities, we truly have a chance to leverage our resources to improve hygiene and sanitation in disadvantaged communities. It’s the responsible thing to do.”

Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities, and in just two years of operation has distributed more than 9 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries worldwide. While doing so, the organization has also fulfilled a valuable environmental mission by diverting an estimated 600 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the U.S. and Canada.
“Carlson has signaled its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility by joining our global hygiene revolution,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World. “This corporate partnership will allow individual Carlson   hotel brands and properties in North America to rally around our mission to save lives with soap, and guests can be confident that their amenities, once collected, are part of a lifesaving effort to stop the spread of preventable diseases.”

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Inaugural Gala – A Night to Remember



Clean the World’s Shawn Seipler and ACI’s Nancy Bock.

After much planning, preparation and promotion the Inaugural Clean the World Gala finally arrived Nov. 5 at The Peabody Orlando, and by all accounts, it was worth the wait.

Gala sponsors, such as The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), Marietta Corporation, Caesars Entertainment, The Walt Disney World Resorts, LATHER and countless others helped make the event an evening of fun for all involved.

“We were so excited to offer this Gala as a ‘thank you’ to our incredibly generous hospitality partners,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder at Clean the World. “Throughout the evening, as always, we never lost sight of our mission — to recycle soap and save lives. The children and families who receive our soaps and bottled amenities in more than 45 countries are the real stars of this event.”

Seipler and co-founder Paul Till took turns poking fun at one another as they told their entrepreneurial story that led to the formation of Clean the World. It’s still a work in progress, but it is being accomplished with passion, planning and a good dose of humor.

Clean the World celebrity spokesperson Mariana Klaveno was one of the presenters at the event, and recording artist Jean Beauvoir performed “I Keep Holding On (A Song for Haiti).” The host, WKMG-TV6 (CBS-Orlando) chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells, was pleased with the way the whole night came together.

“Orlando is filled with big fundraising events, Galas and other good causes,” Sorrells says. “Clean the World really took a bold step forward and pulled off a terrific first-time event that truly was a celebration. I can only imagine what it will be like in years to come.”

An estimated 400 guests attended the Gala, which was promoted as a celebration of the hospitality industry’s embrace of soap and bottled amenities recycling. BIZBASH has the details.

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Laguna Beach, Calif. Becomes First to Partner Citywide with Clean the World

Summary: Guest room soaps and bottled amenities (shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels) from 22 lodging establishments in Laguna Beach, Calif., will be recycled for worldwide distribution to stop the spread of preventable diseases.

Now 22 hotels and lodging properties in Laguna Beach, Calif., know that recycling soap to save lives is something they can all agreed to do.

The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau (LBVCB) announced today that all of the hospitality industry lodging properties with 20 rooms or more in this picturesque, coastal Orange County city have partnered with Clean the World Global LLC, a social enterprise committed to saving lives and protecting our planet. Hospitality partners here will collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases.

Laguna Beach has 18 hotel and lodging properties with 20 rooms or more and four properties with less than 20 rooms that have joined the Clean the World hospitality partnership program. Properties include: Aliso Creek Inn; Art Hotel Laguna Beach; Best Western Laguna Brisas Spa Hotel; Capri Laguna on the Beach; Casa Laguna Inn and Spa; Carriage House; Crescent Bay Inn; Holiday Inn Laguna Beach; Hotel Laguna; Inn at Laguna Beach; La Casa del Camino; Laguna Beach Inn; Laguna Cliffs Inn; Laguna Riviera; Montage Laguna Beach; Pacific Edge Hotel; The Retreat; Seacliff Laguna Inn; Sunset Cove Villas; Surf & Sand Resort and Spa; The Tides Laguna Beach; and Travelodge Laguna Beach. The total number of properties represent more than 1,200 guest rooms in Laguna Beach.

Clean the World has hospitality partnerships with more than 1,200 hotel properties throughout North America, including 143 partners in California. Clean the World’s California hospitality partners have contributed 70,329 lbs. of soap and 67,844 lbs. of bottled amenities since the organization’s founding in 2009. That equates to 375,088 bars (3 oz. apiece), which is enough to provide 75,018 children with enough soap for an entire month.

The announcement by the LBVCB symbolizes Laguna Beach’s ongoing commitment to environmental stability, the reduction of hotel waste in local landfills, and the benefits of recycling an abundance of hotel soaps and bottled amenities (shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels) as hygiene products to benefit children and families in need.

Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities, and in just two years of operation has distributed more than 9 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries worldwide, while also fulfilling a valuable environmental mission by diverting an estimated 600 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.

“We’re impressed by the efforts of Clean the World and wanted to show our support in a unique way by becoming the first city-wide program to embrace its lifesaving mission,” says Judy Bijlani, CEO and President of the Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau. “Our seaside village is an inviting retreat for art lovers, environmentalists and beach enthusiasts, and the idea of recycling soaps and protecting our planet is something we wholeheartedly support.”

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 to lessen the impact of disease and promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.

“Laguna Beach is Southern California’s premiere seaside destination, and a city deserving of praise for its promotion of sustainability and social responsibility,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World. “Our hotel partners in Laguna Beach should be applauded for their collaboration on this unique partnership and its distinction of being our first municipality to embrace Clean the World’s mission to recycle soap and save lives. I hope the efforts of the LBVCB will inspire other communities, municipalities and cities to do the same.”

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Sysco Guest Supply Processes Soap for Clean the World

Thank goodness for solid partnerships. Sysco Guest Supply stepped up to help Clean the World process soaps to fulfill a World Vision delivery of soaps that will be distributed worldwide.

Guest Supply generously provided multiple shifts of workers at its New Jersey soap processing facility to press more than 29,000 lbs. of soap provided by Clean the World’s hotel partners into 309,600 soap bars (1.5 oz. per bar). The soap bars were boxed, palletized and placed on World Vision trucks for distribution to communities in need in more than 45 countries.

“Our team is pleased and proud to know that the Clean the World bars they helped produce are destined to save lives,” says Bob Stegman, vice president of manufacturing at Sysco Guest Supply.

Since Clean the World’s founding in 2009, Guest Supply has donated more than 35,000 lbs. of soap, bottled amenities, cleaning products, tissue paper and paper towels to Clean the World’s soap recycling efforts.

“We are blessed to have such generous and supportive partnerships,” says Shawn Seipler, co-founder and CEO at Clean the World. “We’re grateful for Guest Supply’s generosity, and we are humbled to hear of the excitement and passion its employees have for working with our soaps. When you realize that the work you do has meaning beyond a paycheck, it really makes life more rewarding, and we sincerely appreciate the efforts of each individual who helps us advance our mission to save lives with soap.”

Guest Supply’s commitment to Clean the World continues into the future. The company will press another 20,000 lbs. of soap on behalf of Clean the World in the next week.

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