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MetWest Terra Property Named Top Holiday Hotel

Guest room at the Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa .
The Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa offers stunning bay views.

Talk about prestigious! A property managed by MetWest Terra was named by Jetsetter.com as one of the Best Christmas Holiday Hotels. According to “Jetsetter,” Hotels around the world offer specials for winter wanderers, but only a few go above and beyond to make holiday guests truly feel at home. They say the The Mansion at Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito, Calif., is one of those places.

The historic Casa Madrona is a boutique bayside retreat combining timeless luxury and impeccable detail in a beautifully appointed private setting. It has unmatched views of scenic Sausalito Harbor, including the vibrant sailboats en route to Richardson Bay, Angel Island and beyond.

MetWest Terra is a premier hotel management company that came on board with Clean the World last summer. The company’s team is made up of a diverse group of capital managers, real estate professionals, and lifetime hotel operators. Executives previously held senior positions with a variety of noteworthy hospitality companies including Kimpton Hotels, Morgans Hotel Group, Sofitel, Wyndham International, W Hotels, and Outrigger Lodging Services as well as financial institutions including Drexhal Burnham, Price Waterhouse, and Bear Stearns.

Thank you, MetWest Terra, for recycling discarded hygiene products from Casa Madrona and your other exclusive properties.

Clean the World Asia Collects From 20,000+ Rooms

Housekeeper training at the W Taipei.
Housekeeper training at the W Taipei.

When we started calling our mission the “global hygiene revolution” a few years ago, it referred to Clean the World’s goal of providing hygiene products and education all around the world. Now “global” also refers to the ever-growing footprint of hotel partners contributing soap and bottled amenities.

Clean the World Asia really came into its own in 2014. Our fully equipped recycling operations center in Hong Kong recycles soap from hotels in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, and Taipei, Taiwan. After a soft launch in 2013 with a few select partners, Clean the World Asia added 14 new hotels last year. We now collect from 20,000 rooms in the region, with partners including Disenyland Resort, Peninsula Hong Kong, MGM Macau, and Galaxy Entertainment Group.

Jolene Han is the managing director of our Asia operation. She and her team implemented recycling programs and provided housekeeper training at all 14 new partners last year. They collected more than 30 tons of used soap and manufactured 150,000 recycled soap bars.

Outbound donations included more than 40,000 bars of recycled soap and 5,000 ONE Project hygiene kits in Hong Kong and Macau. Clean the World Asia also donated 45,000 bars of recycled soap and 15,000 hygiene kits in the Philippines.

Through a new volunteer program, students have helped process more than 4,000 pounds of soap.

Impressively, all the processing and recycling for Clean the World Asia takes place in a relatively small space compared to our facilities in the United States. The Orlando and Las Vegas operations centers are located in urban areas. However, neither city has the population density of Hong Kong, where high-rise industrial and warehouse spaces are the norm.

Our of necessity, the Hong Kong team operates extremely efficiently and makes careful use of every square foot available. They have a great system in place and are well positioned for additional growth this year.

HRIL Implements Amenity Recycling at Managed Properties

Guest room at HRIL's Hyatt Place New Orleans / Convention Center.
Guest room at HRIL’s Hyatt Place New Orleans / Convention Center.

Edward B. Boettner and Pres Kabacoff founded HRI Properties in 1982. The founders were dedicated to the pursuit of revitalizing cities by creating diverse, vibrant and sustainable communities. Through its subsidiaries, HRI has completed 61 large-scale projects including apartments, hotels, and 1.2 million square feet of office and retail space.

After utilizing third party hotel managers for several years, HRI Properties created HRI Lodging (HRIL) in 2000 to achieve the operating standards and financial performance they expected as hotel owners themselves. One of their newest standards is to recycle discarded hygiene products through Clean the World.

Today, HRIL manages properties for multiple owners across the United States and has developed more than $1 billion in hotel projects. The executive team has an average of 25 years of hospitality experience, having operated more than 70 hotels with major brands in first-tier markets.

HRIL currently operates hotels in Alabama, Arizona, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming.

Hotel Evolution Balances Innovation, Common Sense

hotelevolutionIn a dynamic industry with ever-changing tools and technologies, Hotel Evolution is a management company on the cutting-edge when it comes to applying the right resources. For this Norcross, Ga.-based hotel group, that includes implementing Clean the World soap and amenity recycling at 100 percent of its hotels.

With a portfolio that includes Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, and Holiday Inn properties, Hotel Evolution provides a unique perspective. They have a goal of guest appreciation – not simply satisfaction. Although rudimentary in its simplicity, the concept of guest appreciation is an effort for the company to show their gratitude to guests by paying attention to the smallest details and comforts.

That is a philosophy we appreciate and strive for. It’s great to have the Hotel Evolution properties contributing their discarded soap and amenities to help us save lives around the world.

Imperial Investments Implements Recycling Program

imperialinvestmentsFounded in 1980, Imperial Investments Group is a company dedicated to hospitality, service – and recycling with Clean the World. Brands in their portfolio include, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Sheraton, Comfort Inn, Super 8, and Relax Inn. IIG’s hotels are located throughout the Southeastern United States.

Two of the company’s hotels were awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in recognition of consistently receiving the highest praises from guests. TripAdvisor recognized the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Southlake and Hampton Inn Spartanburg as two of the very best in the business.

Congratulations to Imperial Investments – and thank you for joining our mission!

2014 Was an Amazing Year for Clean the World

One word sums up the feeling at Clean the World as we celebrated the holidays: Grateful.

We are so grateful for the hotels, volunteers, corporate partners, and supporters that fuel our mission to save lives with soap. Thank you to everyone who was part of the global hygiene revolution in 2014. Twelve months ago, we never could have imagined what an amazing year it would be.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Las Vegas Sands Donation

sands-cares-logoLas Vegas Sands Corp. has a long history of supporting our mission. They took it to a new level in 2014 by donating $1 million – the largest corporate donation in Clean the World’s history. Their generous contribution made it possible for us to add a new soap recycling production line in our Las Vegas regional operations center. The new machinery can sanitize and recycle enough discarded soap to produce nearly 20,000 three-ounce bars of soap a day.

The Sands donation also sponsored 100,000 ONE Project hygiene kits for distribution through the American Red Cross to local and national disaster victims. The kits were assembled by 2,000 volunteers during a mass community effort at the Venetian Ballroom.

Clean the World Asia

In May, Clean the World rolled out the red carpet at a new recycling operations center in Hong Kong. This new, expanded facility is outfitted with a complete production line to turn discarded hotel soap into clean new bars. Soap from hotel partners in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore flows into the Hong Kong facility. The $1 million donation from Las Vegas Sands also helped fund this new production line and our expanded footprint in Asia.

First Florida Benefit Corporation

In July, Clean the World created the first benefit corporation under Florida’s new benefit corporation law. The law allows for a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Bi-Partisan Event on Capitol Hill

In September, we proved there are no political boundaries when it comes to the battle against hygiene-related illnesses. Legislators from both sides of the aisle joined Clean the World in the U.S. Capitol to promote hand washing and proper hygiene leading up to Global Handwashing Day on Oct. 15. To kick off the event in the Capitol’s historic Lyndon Baines Johnson Room, Clean the World founder Shawn Seipler was joined by the senators from Nevada, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP Sen. Dean Heller.

Company to Watch

In October, Clean the World was honored by GrowFL as one of the 2014 Florida Companies to Watch. The program celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in the Sunshine State. Companies to Watch was developed as a unique way to recognize and honor companies that demonstrate high performance with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching.”

Clean the World Launches First Major Website Redesign

It’s not always easy to part with things that have been part of your life for a long time. A favorite pair of sneakers. Your first car.

Your first website.

We launched the original Clean the World website in 2009, and it served us well for more than five years. Thousands of hotel partners and volunteers learned about our programs on that site.

However, it remained essentially unchanged for more than five years. Sure, we made some cosmetic changes here and there, and added a few pages. But the core site never changed. Website technology has evolved a lot since 2009, and it was time for us to catch up.

So we launched CleanTheWorld.org 2.0 at the end of December. And we couldn’t be more proud.

The new site has sections designed specifically for the different types of supporters who visit us online:

  • Hotels
  • Corporate sponsors
  • Volunteers
  • Those interested in hygiene-kit events
  • Sponsors
  • Soap donors
  • People who want to join us on a distribution trip

Please spend a few minutes looking around the site. We hope you learn something new about the many opportunities we have for people to get involved with the global hygiene revolution.

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