PRESS RELEASE: Fairmont St Andrews Supports Clean the World Initiative

Five-star hotel joins international recycling program and will donate soaps and bathroom amenities to organisations around the world

ST ANDREWS, Scotland – 23 January 2017 – Fairmont St Andrews has joined the Clean the World hospitality initiative, which will see the five-star Scottish resort donate its soaps and discarded hygiene products to be recycled for humanitarian organisations around the world.

st_andrewsThe initiative will form part of Fairmont St Andrews longstanding commitments to green tourism, in which hotel staff and guests are encouraged to help with the preservation of the local habitat, reduce waste and promote a sustainable future to benefit those in need.

After being collected from its 209 guest bedrooms and suites, the donated hygiene items will be hygienically recycled and distributed to homeless shelters, children’s shelters, women’s shelters, food banks, veterans groups and people struggling due to economic misfortune or natural disaster.

As well as delivering the Fairmont Sustainability Partnership, Fairmont St Andrews has introduced a sustained building management system which in its first year has delivered a reduction in paper and water usage, an increase in food recycling as well as an on-site green house and vegetable garden. LED lighting in all public areas and rooms has also been introduced, as have community tourism initiatives including beach cleaning and maintenance of the Fife Coastal Path.

Since launching eight years ago, Clean the World has distributed more than 38 million soap bars to 115 countries, more than 1.1 million hygiene kits, and diverted in excess of 5,000 tons of waste from landfills.

John Keating, general manager at Fairmont St Andrews comments on the partnership: “We strive at Fairmont St Andrews to reduce our use of energy, water and waste produced and consumed; I am proud of our sustainability teams, who were presented with a Silver Award from Scottish Green tourism in 2016, we hope for further recognition and a Gold Award this year. We are dedicated to raise awareness of Clean the World and giving back to those less fortunate. We are extremely pleased to support such a worthwhile cause and look forward to working with the charity.”

Pierre Daigneault, executive director and chief sustainability of Clean the World is excited by the initiative of Fairmont St Andrews to join his organisation’s soap recycling program. “I am proud to have such a landmark as the first Scottish hotel to join our soap recycle program,” said Daigneault. “By doing so, Fairmont St Andrews is setting the standard and will most likely be followed by many more Scottish hotels.”

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About Fairmont St Andrews
The five-star Fairmont St Andrews resort boasts two championship golf courses, The Torrance and The Kittocks, and has played host to a number of prestigious events, including the Scottish Youth National Championship and the Scottish Senior Open.

In addition to golf tournaments, Fairmont St Andrews has also hosted some of the world’s most important politicians and power brokers as a venue for both Northern Ireland peace talks and a G20 Summit.

Currently undergoing a multimillion pound renovation, the resort will benefit from a refreshed interior with a contemporary feel using materials that reflect the surrounding 520 acre area. The Atrium area features the magnificent lighting sculpture by renowned artist, George Singer, named Zephyr, which emulates shoals of fish in St Andrews Bay and the blowing reeds on the cliff tops. The resort also has a sumptuous spa complex which offers a range of treatments including locally-themed massages, facial and relaxation therapies and exclusive Ishga Skincare and Aromatherapy Associates treatments in 12 chic treatment rooms.

Accolades and awards for Fairmont St Andrews
• Best Hotel Resort 2016 – The Scottish Hospitality Awards
• Five-star AA Award – 2016
• AA Rosette Award – St Andrews Bar & Grill – 2016
• Best Large Hotel Winner – 2015 Scottish Golf Tourism Awards
• Kittocks Course – Golf Club & Course Experience of the Year 2013 – Golf Tourism Scotland
• Five-star Award for Best Resort Hotel UK 2013 – International Hotel Awards
• European Golf Resort of the Year 2012 by IAGTO
• The Torrance course 20th and The Kittock’s course 40th best modern courses of 2010 – Golfweek
• 22nd on international list, World’s 50 Best Golf Hotels – Golf Digest
• Resort Hotel of the Year 2008, 2010, 2011 – Golf Tourism Scotland
• 18th Best Golf Resort in the World – Conde Nast Traveller
• International Resort Hotel of the Year – Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards 2009
• Expedia award as top one per cent of hotels in the world
• Hosted G20 summit

About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 130 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. For more information or reservations, please visit www.fairmont.com.

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. The organization collects discarded soap and other hygiene products from more than 4,000 hotel and resort partners and operates recycling centers in North America, Asia, and Europe. Clean the World provides hygiene education and soap distribution to make hand washing a lifelong habit. Since 2009, more than 38 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 115 countries. More information: www.cleantheworld.org

New Clean the World Hotel Partners: November and December 2017

Everything we do at Clean the World starts with our amazing hotel partners. Here are the most recent additions to the Clean the World family:

• The Hotel Congress, Tucson, AZ
• Days Inn Austin/University/Downtown, Austin, TX
• Lucky Dragon Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
• Hilton Garden Inn Portland/Beaverton, Beaverton, OR
• Residence Inn Phoenix Mesa, Mesa, AZ
• BRE Timberwolf Property Owner LLC, Boca Raton, FL
• Hampton Inn Cleveland Airport-Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, OH
• Residence Inn Minneapolis St. Paul/Roseville, Roseville, MN
• Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, Princeton, NJ
• Residence Inn Portland North/Vancouver, Vancouver, WA
• Courtyard Portland Southeast, Clackamas, OR
• Residence Inn Breckenridge, Breckenridge, CO
• Courtyard Minneapolis St. Paul/Roseville, Roseville, MN
• Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ
• Comfort Suites Clay Road, Houston, Texas
• Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport, Portland, OR
• Sleep Inn & Suites Moundsville, Moundsville, WV
• Comfort Suites-Cordova, Cordova, Tennessee
• H_tel Keppler, Paris, _le de France
• Hampton Inn & Suites Lanett – West Point, Lanett, AL
• H_tel du Cap-Eden-Roc, ,
• Quality Inn & Suites – Edmonton International Airport, NISKU, Alberta
• Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Airport Avion Park Westshore, Tampa, Florida
• Hilton Garden Inn Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA
• Hotel Indigo Traverse City, Traverse City, Michigan
• River Bluff B&B, ,
• Hampton Inn Suffolk, Suffolk, VA
• Residence Inn Danbury, Danbury, CT
• John Jeffries House, Boston, MA
• The Envoy Hotel, Boston, MA
• Ocean View Hotel, Santa Monica, CA
• The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, Virginia Beach, VA
• Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, CA
• Hampton Inn Norcross, Norcross, GA
• Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
• Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Fredericton, New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
• Le Bristol Paris, Paris, Ile de France
• Hampton Inn Wichita Falls-Sikes Senter Mall, Wichita Falls, TX
• Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Los Angeles/Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA
• Hampton Inn Danbury, Danbury, CT
• The Stella Hotel, Bryan, Texas
• Hotel Exemple, Ste-Anne de Bellevue, Quebec
• Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center, Georgetown, TX
• Comfort Inn Traverse City, Traverse City, Michigan
• Hampton Inn & Suites Baltimore North/Timonium, MD, Timonium, MD
• Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento-Elk Grove Laguna I-5, Elk Grove, CA
• Hilton Miami Airport, Miami, FL
• Hampton Inn & Suites Springdale, Springdale, AR
• Capitol Plaza Hotel Topeka, Topeka, KS
• Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center, Atlanta, GA
• Radisson Quad City Plaza, Davenport, IA
• Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, ,
• Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Stamford, CT
• Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa, CA
• Holiday Inn Cincinnati-Eastgate, Cincinnati, OH
• Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport, Denver, CO
• Holiday Inn Portland Airport, Portland, OR
• Oklahoma City Renaissance Convention Center Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK
• Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs, Coral Springs, FL
• Capitol Plaza Jefferson City, Jefferson City, MO.
• Holiday Inn Springdale/Fayetteville Area, Springdale, AR
• Tucson Marriott University Park, Tucson, AZ
• Staybridge Suites Corona South, Corona, CA
• World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, St. Augustine, FL
• Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North, Albuquerque, NM
• Madison Marriott West, Middleton, WI
• Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, Charlotte, NC
• The Westin Southfield Detroit, ,
• Holiday Inn Springfield – I-44, Springfield, MO
• Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport, Houston, TX
• Holiday Inn University Plaza-Bowling Green, Bowling Green, KY
• SpringHill Suites Modesto, Modesto, CA
• Cedar Rapids Marriott, Cedar Rapids, IA
• Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO
• Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel, ,
• Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center, Long Beach, CA
• Holiday Inn Sacramento-Capitol Plaza, Sacramento, CA
• Ramada Reno Hotel & Casino, Reno, NV
• Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas-Mesquite, Mesquite, TX
• Atrium Hospitality, Alpharetta, GA
• Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida
• Hampton Inn & Suites Lake City, Lake City, FL
• Hampton Inn & Suites Largo, Largo, FL
• International Palms Resort & Conference Center Cocoa Beach, Cocoa Beach, FL
• Hyatt Regency North Dallas, Richardson, TX
• Element Hanover- Lebanon, Lebanon, NH
• Hampton Inn – Tampa Rocky Point, Tampa, FL
• Hyatt Place Fort Worth/Cityview, Fort Worth, TX
• Hilton Garden Inn Orlando International Drive North, Orlando, FL
• Hampton Inn Corinth, Corinth, MS

NEWS RELEASE: Palm Holdings Inc. Announces Soap Recycling Partnership With Clean the World


Hygiene Products to be Recycled for the Benefit of Disadvantaged People in North America and in Developing Regions Around the World

TORONTO, Canada — (Jan. 9, 2017) – Palm Holdings North America announced today it has entered into a partnership with Clean the World to collect and recycle hotel soap and bottled amenities that will help fight the spread of hygiene-related illnesses. Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to changing lives while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. The discarded items collected from Palm Holdings Hotel properties will be hygienically recycled and then distributed to people who are at risk of contracting preventable diseases. All Palm Holdings businesses are actively engaged in the community supporting both environmental and philanthropic causes.

“We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Clean the World and whose commitment to a long term sustainability strategy is clearly aligned with those of Palm Holdings” said Anish Taneja, Senior Vice President, Construction and Project Management, Palm Holdings.

”Our Company Culture is one which embraces inspiring all our Hotel associates and guests to support such innovative conservation initiatives and making a contribution to protect the planet and resources”

Since 2009, Clean the World’s global operation has contributed to a 30 percent reduction in pre-adolescent deaths from hygiene-related illnesses by providing soap and hygiene education to make hand washing a lifelong habit and encourage vigorous childhood development.

“It’s hard for most of us to imagine how important soap is to people who are struggling,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “The folks at Palm Holdings get it, and we are thrilled to have them join us at this level. By making a commitment to our sustainable, socially responsible program, Palm Holdings will turn trash into treasure and help change lives around the world.”

About Palm Holdings
Palm Holdings is an international hospitality and commercial development company specializing in acquiring, improving and managing hotels across North America and the United Kingdom. The family controlled company offers a wide range of business services including Palm Hospitality, an international hotel management and consultancy company; Palm Construction specializing in capital improvements, new developments and retrofits for hotels; as well as Palm Ventures, an equity services firm dedicated to acquiring and holding hospitality related real estate. Palm Holdings is one of the fastest growing hospitality firms with a portfolio spanning across three countries in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

For more information about Palm Holdings please contact Paul Sutton.

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. The organization collects discarded soap and other hygiene products from more than 4,000 hotel and resort partners and operates recycling centers in North America, Asia, and Europe. Clean the World provides hygiene education and microlending to make hand washing and local soap purchases a lifelong habit in developing regions. Through its hygiene kit program, Clean the World provides personal care items to relief organizations throughout North America. Since 2009, more than 36 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 100 countries.

Palm Holdings is pleased to announce the Clean the World program at the following hotels:

Canada:

Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo St. Jacobs

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax-Bedford

Travelodge Niagara Falls By The Falls

TownePlace Suites by Marriott London

Quality Suites London

U.S.A:

The Inn at Calypso Cay

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Naples

 

School Attendance Leaps 45% During Kenya Program

Handwashing demonstrationIn November, we wrapped up our inaugural nine-month Soap in Schools Program in Kenya, and we have the final results. Across the 12 schools, serving more than 4,000 children, we saw an overall reduction in hygiene-related illnesses (diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, and skin infections) of 56 percent. And school attendance increased 45 percent from when the program started at the beginning of 2016!

These numbers are huge for a few reasons. They show that our work achieved an impact in the first 90 days and that we were able to sustain that impact for the duration of the nine-month program. The outcome bodes well for our other Soap in Schools programs taking place or soon launching in other parts of the world. And it proves the power of soap and proper hand washing in making a significant impact on global health.

The results are a powerful indicator that we are on the right track with Clean the World’s mission. Thousands of kids are now healthier because of our work. They are going to school, getting an education, and will hopefully break the cycle of poverty that has plagued their families for generations. For many, this program might be a turning point in their lives — and for us, it shows just how impactful soap can be.

We’ve identified ways to carry this work forward through new partnerships in Kenya this year, so look for more details soon. We’ll also be sharing our first impact numbers from Tanzania soon as well. And as we move into 2017, we looking forward to launching outcome-based programs and partnerships in India, China, and beyond.

Thank you for being a partner in our life-changing mission and for everything you do to support us.