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Marriott Vacation Club Forms Life-Saving Partnership with Clean the World

Marriott Vacation Club, a global leader in vacation ownership and brand of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:VAC), announces a partnership with Clean the World Foundation, Inc., a leader in the global hygiene revolution. Clean the World recycles partially used bars of soap and bottled amenities from resorts in the United States and distributes the new soap and hygiene kits to communities that lack access to these essential items.

Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases which can be prevented by washing with 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 reduce the impact of disease and to promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.

“This is a great program that helps so many and we’re excited to be involved. To be able to repurpose an item that previously had been discarded to make such a difference to those in need is very rewarding,” said Lee Cunningham, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer –North America and the Caribbean, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. “Our associates and resorts are committed to causes within our communities and beyond, and to children in need. Clean the World has powerfully brought both of these values together with the best bottom line result – saving lives,” said Cunningham.

Currently, 31 of 43 Marriott Vacation Club resorts in the United States have contributed over 9,800 lbs. of soap and 6,100 lbs. of bottled amenities which have been recycled at Clean the World’s three recycling facilities in North America. As a result, more than 52,500 clean bars of soap and hygiene kits have been distributed to 55 countries, diverting 8 tons of waste from landfills across the country.

“Marriott Vacation Club, our first timeshare partner, is a prime example of the true commitment we witness among our partners with regards to sustainability and social responsibility,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World. “The Owners and guests who vacation in the timeshare villas can feel good knowing that their partially used amenities, which previously would have been discarded into landfills, are now being recycled and given to children and families in desperate need of hygiene products in the U.S. and worldwide.”

In 3 years, Clean the World has recycled and distributed over 10 million bars of soap to families in the U.S. and 55 other countries, while diverting over 1.4 million pounds of landfill waste.

About Clean the World Foundation Inc.
Clean the World Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, executes its mission of saving millions of lives around the globe by leading a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children worldwide – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). For more information visit: www.cleantheworld.org.

About Marriott Vacation Club
Marriott Vacation Club is a global leader in vacation ownership with over 416,000 Owners, a diverse portfolio of 54 resorts and more than 11,700 timeshare villas throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and Asia. For more information please visit www.marriottvacationclub.com or for nightly rentals visit www.marriott.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MarriottVacCluband find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marriottvacationclub.

Visit Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: VAC) for company information.


Mission Trip Delivers More Soap to Haiti

International Children Rescue Ministries (ICRM) recently returned from a mission trip to Haiti. Johnny Narcisse of ICRM said the two-month visit was a great success, and that soap from Clean the World was a welcome gift in the community his organization serves.

ICRM’s mission is to rescue kids from poverty, feed as many kids as possible, and provide them with a safe environment. They work toward that goal by building self-reliant communities through education.

Johnny sent us these pictures from the recent trip:


Beauty Queen Writes a Happy Ending to Story of Stolen Soap

As Miss Teen Florida International, Orlando’s Elizabeth Tran promotes a platform of helping Teens Go Green. Her efforts include an ongoing relationship with Clean the World as a volunteer, ambassador and soap-drive coordinator.

Unfortunately, those good intentions were soiled last month by a dirty scoundrel who stole about 900 new bars of soap collected for CTW.

Elizabeth conducted a soap drive during the Florida Perfect Model Search at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center. During the crowning at the event on June 10, she looked under a table where the donations had been stashed – and discovered that all the live-saving soap was missing.

After an exhaustive search of the ballroom area, it was clear the soap had not been moved or misplaced. It had been stolen.

Local media outlets including WOFL Fox 35 and WESH Channel 2 ran stories about the heist over the next week. That led to national coverage, and an outpouring of support from people who were shocked and outraged about the crime.

A follow-up drive to replace the stolen bars yielded about 2,000 pounds of soap – EIGHT TIMES the amount that was originally collected.

Elizabeth said Jaison Radcliff of Legacy Style was a huge help with the second soap drive. Fellow contestants Zoe May and Jennifer Reed also contributed.

It was heartening to see the community rally around Elizabeth, and turn a negative experience into something so positive.


New Report Focuses on Clean the World’s Social and Environmental Impact

A “Sustainability and Social Impact Report” from McConnell Marketing provides a powerful new way for us to share the Clean the World story with hospitality professionals, business and government leaders, and people involved with sustainability initiatives.

The report is packed with fascinating information about the effects of soap recycling. There are sections on Clean the World’s recycling operations, our social, environmental and economic impact, and a case study on the Caesar’s Foundation.

McConnell is a full-service hospitality marketing agency. The Ohio-based firm serves more than 100 clients, including St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton and InterContinental.

During a company retreat last summer, team members from McConnell agreed to embrace the concept of social responsibility with a non-profit organization.

“As soon as I learned about Clean the World and their mission, I wanted to find a way to help them achieve their goals,” said Mark McConnell, owner of McConnell Marketing. “Upon visiting their website and learning more about the organization and its mission, I knew they would be a perfect fit.”

Katie Williams, McConnell’s director of business development, visited Las Vegas to learn more about Clean the World. She was the first volunteer at the newly opened regional operations center in Las Vegas. McConnell’s Katie Hively then joined Williams for a follow-up meeting in Orlando.

“As the first-ever volunteer at Clean the World’s Las Vegas center, I was amazed at the efficiency and scope of the sterilization process,” said Williams. “After spending some time, and elbow grease, helping out, I left the center knowing one thing for sure: I wanted to help more”

After reviewing Clean the World’s operation and discussing our needs, McConnell committed to join in the global hygiene revolution and help us fulfill our mission. The “Sustainability and Social Impact Report” is a fantastic example of what McConnell can accomplish with their industry knowledge and contacts.

Some highlights from the report:

    – Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities, with more than 1,500 hospitality partners throughout North America.
    – In three years of operation, Clean the World has distributed more than 10 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States, Canada and more than 55 countries worldwide, while also fulfilling an environmental mission by diverting 700 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.
    – Based on U.S. market statistics, the combined hospitality segment produces close to 200 million metric tons of solid waste per year. As a ratio, the non-recycled solid waste produced is composed of 62 percent organic waste, 8.6 percent plastics, 6.8 percent metals and 22.6 percent other, including soap, glass, textile and paper.
    – Today, hotel guests notice and appreciate green initiatives and socially responsible efforts, and the result is high customer satisfaction and repeat business.


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