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Unilever Donates Soap by the Truckload

A couple times every day, a UPS truck backs up to the loading dock at our Orlando warehouse and unloads dozens of bins containing discarded soap from hotels. We run the bars through our sterilization and recycling process. After the cycle is complete, we end up with boxes full of new soap bars that are shipped around the world.

Thanks to a gift from Unilever, there was one afternoon recently when Clean the World’s Operations team received 100 times more soap than they would on a typical day. The sweet-smelling donation came our way courtesy of a formulation change at a Unilever soap manufacturing plant. An ingredient modification caused the soap to be out of spec for the company’s needs – but perfect in every other way.

“A manager at the plant was leaving to join the Peace Corps, but she had one great idea for us before she left,” said Jessica Sobel, North America Sustainability Manager for Unilever. “Within our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, we want to help improve people’s health & well-being. Globally, we are teaching consumers across Asia, Africa, and Latin America the importance of washing hands with soap to reduce the incidence of life-threatening diseases. This manager suggested that we use this soap and allow the U.S. business to contribute to our global handwashing mission. Her idea of donating the soap to Clean the World was the perfect solution.”

The surplus soap came to Clean the World in large, brick-like chunks. We immediately started grinding the big yellow pieces and forming them into bars on our production line. It didn’t take long for the recycled Unilever soap to start making a difference.

One of the photos at the bottom of this post shows a little boy holding a bag full of soap bars. The bars were formed from the Unilever donation. That boy in Quito, Ecuador received those bars just two weeks ago.

Currently our volunteers are preparing more than 40 thousand hygiene kits, which will be distributed to Filipinos displaced by Typhoon Haiyan.

Those are just two examples of how one company’s donation can benefit so many people. With the surplus from Unilever’s manufacturing plant, Clean the World can save even more lives with soap.


Typhoon Relief: Volunteers Needed in Orlando and Las Vegas

In the Philippines, there will be a huge demand for personal hygiene items throughout the Typhoon Haiyan recovery process. With the support of Las Vegas Sands Corp., Clean the World is preparing to send 40,000 hygiene kits as soon as we can get them assembled and delivered to Children International.

We need volunteers in our Orlando and Las Vegas facilities to help put together the kits. Volunteer hours have been extended at both locations until further notice:

Volunteer Hours


Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to Noon
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Las Vegas:
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please contact us for more information or to volunteer:
407-574-8353 Ext 114 – Orlando
702-221-8777 – Las Vegas


Las Vegas Sands Steps Up to Sponsor Hygiene Kits for Typhoon Relief

On Monday we asked our hospitality partners for corporate donations to fund the assembly and shipping of ONE Project Disaster Relief hygiene kits to the Philippines. Less than three hours later, Las Vegas Sands contacted us to offer $80,000, which will pay for 40,000 hygiene kits!

That means 40,000 people will receive a resealable plastic bag containing soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste and washcloths.

“We commend Clean the World on mobilizing this critical aid to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, and we’re proud to support this incredibly important work to provide much-needed hygiene kits for the relief effort,” said Mr. Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer, Las Vegas Sands Corporation. “Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this terrible disaster as well as anyone who has family and friends in the region.”

Relief efforts such as this are so important for the long-term recovery of areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Regular washing is essential to avoid contracting diarrhea and other ailments. With so much of the infrastructure destroyed by the storm, a regular supply of soap and other hygiene products will be important for months to come.

Clean the World partners with experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have established distribution channels in the Philippines. These partners ensure the supplies get where they need to be when they need to be there.

Please join Las Vegas Sands in this ongoing humanitarian effort. Every $2 we receive buys another hygiene kit. Or for $5,400, your company, organization or family can send a shipping container of 108,000 soap bars to the Philippines.

Please click here to donate.

Calling All Volunteers!

As donations continue to come in, we will need additional volunteers in our Orlando and Las Vegas warehouses. Bring your group to Clean the World for a morning or afternoon session. Right now we need all the help we can get to prepare and ship personal hygiene supplies to the Philippines. Because soap really does save lives.

Please contact us at volunteers@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com if you want more information on volunteer opportunities.


Press Release: Sysco Guest Supply Partnership

Sysco Guest Supply Saves Lives Through Donation to Clean the World

Operational Assistance Significantly Reduce Shipping Costs for Hotel Partners

ORLANDO, Fla. — (Nov. 18, 2013) – Through a combination of in-kind and operational donations, Sysco Guest Supply is powering Clean the World’s Global Hygiene Revolution to save more lives by distributing hygiene products.
Clean the World’s simple mission is to recycle hotel soap and save lives. The organization has partnered with more than 2,000 lodging properties to put life-saving hygiene products in the hands of those who need them most. About 2 million children under the age of 5 die every year due to hygiene-related illnesses. Hand washing with soap is a low-cost intervention that can reduce those deaths by almost 50 percent. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 14 million bars of soap around the world.

Sysco Guest Supply, a recognized leader in the lodging and hospitality supply industry, transports and consolidates used soap and bottled amenities from many of Clean the World’s hotel partners. In addition to logistical assistance, they will manufacture new bars of soap for Clean the World. Those bars will be made using unused surplus that otherwise would be discarded from the Sysco Guest Supply production line.

“The cost of shipping used soap from hotels to our North American Recycling Operational Centers is one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced from the beginning,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and executive director of Clean the World. “By transporting used soap through their existing truck routes and 10 North American distribution centers, Sysco Guest Supply allows us to focus more of our budget on soap distribution and hygiene education. The cost reduction will make it possible for even more hotels to join the Global Hygiene Revolution.”

About Clean the World Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the world. Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from nearly 2,000 hospitality partners to children and families in countries suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 14 million bars of soap in nearly 70 countries. Through the “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to the homeless and families in transition throughout North America. More information: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld

About Sysco Guest Supply

Founded in 1979, Sysco Guest Supply, a lodging industry leader, provides personal care amenities, bath and bed linens, housekeeping and janitorial supplies, room accessories, small appliances, furniture, fixtures, and equipment, to more than 20,000 chain and independent properties in 88 countries. Its global manufacturing and distribution capabilities allow the organization to deliver more than 30,000 quality products. More information: www.guestsupply.com

John Terry
Clean the World

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