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Hotels Step Up Green Initiatives

It seems we’ve hit on a developing trend with sustainability in the hospitality industry.

A recent article in Travel Weekly focuses on the hospitality industry’s embrace of sustainability, including soap and bottled amenities recycling. Clean the World is mentioned in this story.

The article also highlights several Clean the World hospitality partners, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Las Vegas Sands (The Venetian and The Palazzo), Caesars Entertainment, and Mandarin Oriental.

It’s always nice to be part of a positive trend. Even better to be at the front leading the parade.

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Battling Diarrheal Diseases in India

On a recent trip to her native country, India, Clean the World’s Paramita Das shared the gift of soap.

Having traveled around the globe for a family wedding, Das took time to visit some of the communities in India where soap is considered a great commodity, but is often hard to come by for children and families.

According to UNICEF and the World Health Organization (2009), India tops the list of countries in the total number of annual child deaths from diarrheal diseases, such as cholera and dysentery.

These fatal diseases — the top two killers of children younger than 5 worldwide — may be prevented by as much as 60 percent through regular hand washing with bar soap. Here are the sobering figures from that study:

Top 10 Nations – Diarrheal Deaths (Source: WHO, UNICEF, 2009)
Country – Total Number of Annual Child Deaths
1. India – 386,600
2. Nigeria – 151,700
3. Democratic Republic of the Congo – 89,900
4. Afghanistan – 82,100
5. Ethiopia – 73,700
6. Pakistan – 53,300
7. Bangladesh – 50,800
8. China – 40,000
9. Uganda – 29,300
10. Kenya – 27,400

If you’d like to join our global hygiene revolution, please make an online donation to the Clean the World Foundation. Thanks for helping Clean the World. Soap saves lives.

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Clean Relief for Kentucky Tornado Victims

Clean the World, through the generosity of its hotel partners, recently donated soaps and hygiene supplies to victims of tornadoes that ravaged Kentucky in early March.

A series of tornadoes on March 2 damaged several Kentucky communities, destroying homes, churches, and schools and generally uprooting life for thousands of people throughout region.

After filling out an online donation request form, church leaders at Plum Creek Christian Church in Butler, Ky., put the wheels in motion for rapid and necessary disaster relief. Clean the World packaged and shipped roughly 5,400 bars of soap, 200 tote bags, and 50 “family size” bottles of body wash to help bring comfort to people who lost their homes in the storm. The church has helped set up mobile grocery stores in the area for people in need of food, clothing, and hygiene supplies. The items are available free of charge to tornado victims.

Clean the World’s Bethanne Doud, director of the Meeting Planner Recycle Program, was instrumental in guiding this relief donation to Plum Creek Christian Church. Doud was there to help distribute the hygiene items to people in need.

Jared Perkins, pastor at Plum Creek Christian Church, is administering to the needs of his extended congregation by distributing soaps and bottled amenities as needed to cleanse the body and lift the spirits of families in crisis. Roughly 150 families will receive hygiene relief through this effort.

“We’re grateful for the generosity of Clean the World and its hospitality partners in providing hygiene supplies for the tornado victims in our community,” says Pastor Perkins. “When your world is turned topsy-turvy by a tornado, and you’re unsure of where you’ll go next, the simple basics of a bar of soap, shampoo, and a nice shower can really go a long way toward bringing physical and mental recovery.”

It is not uncommon for Clean the World to contribute hygiene supplies following a natural disaster, at home or abroad. Nearly one year ago, Clean the World helped deliver relief supplies to natural disaster victims a world away in Japan following an earthquake and tsunami.

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“Super Soap” Video Released

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that may be true. But what kind of value can you place on a video of Clean the World’s efforts to save lives with soap?

This is no ordinary video. It’s one produced, narrated, and starring one of our hotel partners who recently experienced a soap distribution trip to Honduras.

You’ve read about Kat Coiner-Collier in our last newsletter, and on our blog, but this story is in her own words. In fact, we liked the video so much, we’ve placed it on our Clean the World home page. But we’ll let you be the judge as to whether or not Kat is passionate about her work and where this video will reside in your heart and mind.

Kat is director of housekeeping at Aloft Charlotte Uptown @ TheEpiCentre in North Carolina, a Starwood Hotel property. But her alter ego is “Super Soap”, a hygiene superhero who wowed the children of Honduras during her visit there with Clean the World.

Watch and share this video. It’s well worth your while. And it gets to the hear of the matter about how you can help Clean the World and change history by saving lives with soap, just like “Super Soap” did.


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Las Vegas ROC Opening Event – Photos

In case you missed it — and we’re not sure how you would — Clean the World formally opened its Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center on Feb. 29 in the presence of many valuable partners and supporters.

Here are the photos from that fun and successful event. We’re expecting big things from our Las Vegas operations, which receives soaps and bottled amenities from all participating properties in the Western and Pacific regions of the United States.

If the grand opening event was any indication, we’re off to a flying start! Thanks, again, to Caesars Foundation and all of our valuable Las Vegas hospitality partners for making this event possible.

Enjoy the photos by photographer Tonya Harvey, and thanks for helping Clean the World.

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