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Las Vegas Ribbon Cutting Event: Feb. 29

Clean the World is opening its Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center (ROC) in style, and you are invited.

Hotel partners in the Western region are encouraged to join us  on “leap day” — Feb. 29, 2012 in Las Vegas for a ribbon-cutting event to “officially” open Clean the World’s Las Vegas ROC.

The ROC has been a work in progress since 2010 when Caesars Foundation (then, Harrah’s Foundation) awarded a $100,000 grant to Clean the World. Caesars followed up with a $150,000 donation in 2011 to help prepare the facility for soap recycling operations, which it is now doing for Las Vegas Strip hotel properties and numerous other properties in the Western region of North America.

The event will feature local Las Vegas dignitaries, including hospitality industry executives from Caesars Entertainment, Wynn/Encore, The Venetian, The Palazzo, Mandarin Oriental, and other Clean the World partners. City and state politicians, local business people and educators are also expected to attend the ribbon-cutting, which includes a tour of the facility and a donation of soaps to Las Vegas area schools.

“This has been a long time coming for Clean the World, and we couldn’t be more excited to open our doors and show what we can do in this community,” says Debi Kinney, Clean the World’s Western Regional Director. “We have tremendous partners already contributing to our mission and this event is a ‘thank you’ to them for their continued support.”

Here are the details for the Clean the World Las Vegas ROC Ribbon Cutting event:

When: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 — 10 a.m. – Noon (Pacific)

Where: 3111 S. Valley View Blvd., Suite L-115, Las Vegas, Nev.

Why: Because soap saves lives

RSVP: Debi Kinney (dkinney@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com) or call 702-875-2272 by Wednesday, Feb. 22 to reserve you place at the event

Should be a lot of fun and plenty of soap in Las Vegas on Feb. 29. We’ll see you there!


60,000 Soaps for Guatemala

With the Mayan calendar apparently predicting the end of the world in 2012, Clean the World has stepped up production to make this a clean and comfortable year for people close to where that prediction was made.

Several soap distribution trips are planned in the new year and preparations are already underway to bring lifesaving soap to people who need it most.

A February trip to Honduras has already been scheduled and all participants are secured. But two more Clean the World soap distribution trips to Guatemala — home of the famous Mayan ruins — are planned in March and April, and the soaps to be distributed have already left their destination bound for Central America.

During the first week of the new year Clean the World packaged more than 60,000 freshly pressed soap bars at its Orlando soap recycling facility for distribution to children and families in Guatemala.

The soaps are on their way and will be awaiting the arrival of Clean the World personnel and invited hotel partners in coming months. The soaps, which originated as soaps collected from Clean the World’s more than 1,200 hotel partners throughout North America, will be handed out to individuals in disadvantaged areas of that country. They are intended to provide hygiene relief and comfort for thousands of children and adults who struggle with hygiene issues due to lack of proper sanitation and access to soap.

If you’d like to participate in future soap distribution trips with Clean the World, please contact Rosanna Kingston at rkingston@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com.


Location Solvers Q&A: Positive Impact

Location Solvers is a corporate partner and long-time supporter of Clean the World. In its efforts to bring greater attention to travel deals and rich information about lodging and meeting planning options for savvy consumers, Location Solvers also has a passion for sustainability.

It is this passion that led them to help support Clean the World.

Michael Jahn, CMP, managing partner of Location Solvers, was gracious enough to answer a few questions about his company’s support of Clean the World, and the reasons he feels this partnership will grow in the future.

How did you first hear about Clean the World?
About four years ago, Location Solvers began asking, “how can we make a positive impact on the world through our operations?” We started looking for ways to preserve the Earth’s resources and give a portion of our revenues to charitable donations such as Save The Amazon Rainforest Organization (STARO) and Metropolitan Touring Company, which makes efforts to protect and preserve the Galapagos Islands. Over two years, the decision to give annually quickly evolved, and we started to look for an organization that directly contributes to the sustainability of the hospitality industry.

After some research of organizations working in the hospitality industry, we found a soap-recycling organization that was in its nascent stage and its aim was to sanitize used hotel soap and send it to refugee camps in Africa. This concept of recycling a common waste product like soap struck us as something that could change the hospitality industry, but we also wanted to find something that also connected to our communities here in the United States.

Not long after, we read about Clean the World in a hotel industry newsletter, which highlighted how Clean the World collected and recycled soaps from hotel partners and distributed those soaps to communities abroad as well as those in the United States. We were also impressed by Clean the World’s desire to employ people in need of work and support social programs. These goals to support local employment and to improve sanitation to communities in the U.S and abroad really resonated with Location Solvers’ commitment to be a positive global steward.

How can Location Solvers work with Clean the World to grow together with a common purpose?
Location Solvers has an extensive network of hotels and sales contacts across the United States, both brand-name and independent hotels, which are always looking for ways to be more environmentally and socially responsible. Many are looking to develop programs to “green” their operations and they want to connect with non-profit organizations that work in the hospitality industry. We continue to share the story about Clean the World and the experiences that other hotels and our clients have had with implementing the soap-recycling program. And we’ll always serve as a liaison between and our hotel contacts and Clean the World to jumpstart new hotel soap-recycling programs across the United States.

Many of our clients are interested in collaborating with Clean the World for soap drives during specific events. Our role is to provide our clients information about the hotels so they can select the best venue for their event. We sometimes work with hotels to initiate a recycled soap drive for their event or meeting. This means that both the hotel and clients get experience and exposure to Clean the Word’s model of sending discarded soap for sanitization. The more people understand the simple ways to reduce waste and improve livelihoods, the more apt they will be to participate in the future.

You’ve made generous donations to Clean the World. Why and for what reason?We feel that giving back to our community and caring for our Earth is important for every business and person on the planet. Location Solvers has made a commitment to give a significant portion of its revenues to Clean the World — we choose not to reveal the specific amount — to show our commitment in support of its operational costs and to grow as a long-term partner with Clean the World.

What do you hope to accomplish with these donations?
In giving our time, energy and a portion of our proceeds to Clean the World, we hope that there will be growing awareness of consumers, hoteliers, and the general public about the products we use and the waste it creates. Something as simple as soap can have a big impact, both in terms of recycling, but moreso in providing soap to those populations that have limited access to sanitation. We hope our donations and time will help build critical relationships and awareness to support communities in need.
What are some creative ways that followers of Location Solvers raise their awareness about sustainability and get involved with Clean the World’s mission?

Some of the ways that our clients and hotel colleagues talk about sustainability and Clean the World’s mission is by talking about waste. Trash removal and its costs are a big target for managers to consider when reviewing the Clean the World recycling program. Others look to discuss ways to connect their meetings or events to a greater purpose. Even if the meeting content is unrelated to the environment or international development, meeting planners and attendees still desire to be part of something big and connect themselves to a greater cause.

Hotel initiatives that include putting up sustainability statements in guest rooms may also feature Clean the World as part of that property’s social and environmental commitment. We’ve not yet seen this with our hotel affiliates, but it would be a great way to start designing a standard Clean the World statement to share with each of the participating hotels to put in all their guest rooms. There’s so much that can be done to help Clean the World.


Washington Post Highlights Clean the World

Clean the World was featured in the Jan. 8 Travel section of The Washington Post.

The article details the history of our hotel soap recycling organization and the adventures of travel reporter Andrea Sachs, who helped collect, recycle and distribute hotel soaps during a recent two-day visit to Orlando, Fla.

Here’s an excerpt:

Since moving into their current space in a marginal section of downtown Orlando, they’ve [Clean the World] upgraded their machinery. Now, one machine grinds the used soap down to pellets that resemble broken crayons. Then, with a quick change of parts, it mixes the ground-up soap with glycerine and water, shapes the goo into a long brick, then slices it with the precision of a master chef. The finished products, honeydew green in color and smelling of spring freshness, roll down the belt. The squares unceremoniously drop into cardboard boxes, ready for shipment to faraway lands.  — (“Clean the World: Hotel Soaps That Care”, The Washington Post, Jan. 8, 2012)

You can read the entire article here, which was posted online Jan. 6. The link may require free online registration at The Washington Post website, but the article is worth the effort.

Thanks to all who help make sharing our Clean the World story so much fun. We appreciate the support of our hospitality partners, friends and contibutors. The new year brings great opportunity for increased sustainability and highly advanced socially responsible programs, and Clean the World will lead the way.


LATHER Soap Sales Help Clean the World

In 1999, LATHER began as a small brand best known for its all-natural olive oil soaps.

Today, the company (which now offers products for body, face, hair, and home) introduces two new soaps, and announces a partnership with Clean the World, an Orlando, Fla.-based non-profit organization that helps collect, recycle and distribute soap to impoverished people around the globe.

New Orange Peel and Patchouli soaps ($8.00 each) will round out LATHER’s Olive Oil Soap collection, all made from organic olive oil and other natural ingredients.

Beginning January 1, 2012, for each bar of Olive Oil Soap sold, LATHER will make a donation to Clean the World, allowing five soap bars to be recycled, sanitized, and distributed.

Since 2009, Clean the World has collected, recycled and distributed more than 9.5 million soap bars to children and families in need in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries, with the goal of preventing millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses.

The full line of LATHER Olive Oil Soaps that will contribute to Clean the World include: Yuzu, Seven Seed Lemon & Rosemary, Rose Tangerine Lavender, Clove, Wild Mint, Lemongrass, Rosemary & Peppermint, Oatmeal Lavender, Honey Almond, Lavender Lime, Orange Peel, and Patchouli.
LATHER, which also creates amenity collections for hotels and resorts nationwide, has already donated nearly 200,000 bars of hotel soap to help advance Clean the World’s global hygiene revolution. The soaps filled 20 pallets that were received at Clean the World’s Las Vegas recycling operations center in November.

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