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Clean the World celebrates Earth Day

When and where it all began

Earth Day started out in California as an environmental movement full of peaceful rallies, on April 22, 1970. Today, Earth Day is celebrated by millions all around the world by practicing sustainability and making changes to their daily routine. Minor changes like grabbing a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic water bottle, minimizing your waste and supporting organizations dedicated to sustainability, like Clean the World.

Clean the World celebrates Earth Day every day. With hotel contribution, the goal is to eliminate hotel waste from landfills. The hospitality industry generates a great deal of solid waste and Clean the World works around the clock to ensure the diversion of hotel waste from landfills.

  • More than 2 million bars of partially used hotel soap are thrown away every day in the United States.
  • 1 bar of soap equals 180 handwashes

Making a Difference

In 2009, Clean the World developed a program to reduce hotel waste by recycling used hotel soap and bottled amenities. They are put into hygiene kits and distributed to vulnerable communities in over 127 countries including Uganda, Philippines, Mexico, Puerto Rico and many more.  

Making the mission possible

Today, over 8,000 hotels participate in Clean the World’s recycling program, with housekeepers around the world collecting hygiene amenities from over 1,100,000 hotel rooms daily, and contributing to the diversion of over 20 million pounds of hotel waste from landfills. We would like to thank our hotel partners for implementing green initiatives into their daily operations and choosing Clean the World as their partner in efforts to preserve our planet and making a global impact.

For the past seven years, Sysco Guest Supply has been an amazing partner, making the shipping process of our recycling bins, to and from our distribution centers, more efficient. Thank you for all of your support, you are the soil to our flourishing garden.

We would also like to give a huge thank you to our volunteers. With the help of our Soaper Heroes, we’ve sorted and repurposed over 435,500 pounds of recyclable bottled amenities and soap, distributing over 905,600 bars of soap, globally.  

Clean the World: by the numbers

  • Over 1.8 million pounds of plastic recycled
  • Over 5 million hygiene kits distributed
  • Over 49 million bars of soap distributed globally

How you can get involved!

There are many ways to get involved with Clean the World. For starters, as a hotel, you can join Clean the World’s Recycling Program, making a difference all around the world. You can also host a Clean the World Hygiene Kit Build, building events are a great way to make an impact in your community and practice Corporate Social Responsibility. Lastly, you can lend a helping hand by volunteering at one of our Recycling Operation Centers (ROCs). To sign up visit Clean the World Volunteers

Duke Energy helps Charlotte

This past December, Duke Energy practices corporate social responsibility by partnering with Clean the World and assembling 400 hygiene kits that were donated to the Harvest Center of Charlotte. According to a new report on housing and homelessness, “More people are homeless in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County this year, and those in homeless shelters and transitional home are staying longer.”

The Harvest Center of Charlotte works within the homeless community by providing food, clothing, shelter, bus passes, health care and much more.

“We have several neighbors who are “regulars” to us and often ask for hygiene kits to shave, clean up and brush teeth. Jerry is a military veteran who has a hard time walking around and these kits have been a great assistance to him. He was fascinated in the way that the soap is recycled and able to be reused.”

– Matthew S. Daniels, Director of Core Services & Volunteerism, Harvest Center of Charlotte

How you can get involved!

Corporate Social Responsibility is becoming a main focus for many companies, ensuring that they are conducting business in a way that is ethical. Hosting a hygiene kit building event with Clean the World is a unique way of making an impact in your local community that also strengthens team morale! To schedule a hygiene kit build, visit Clean the World.

Hello! California teams up with the Alpha Project to service San Diego

Lending a helping hand to San Diego's Homeless Community

This past November, Hello! Californiaa destination management company that provides outstanding guest services all around the nation, hosted a Clean the World Hygiene Kit Build, assembling a total of 200 hygiene kits! These kits were donated to the Alpha Project, a San Diego-based organization that services the local homeless. “The mission of the Alpha Project is to empower individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery and support services to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.

One man told us that he hadn’t taken a shower in 6 months. When we told him where he could take a shower and gave him a hygiene kit he was so happy.”

– Quanlo McSwain, Alpha Project Outreach Supervisor

How you can get involved!

Hosting a Clean the World Hygiene Kit Build is a unique experience that provides your team members with the resources to not only strengthen bonds, but to give back to the community as well. To schedule your very own hygiene kit build, visit Clean the World.

Hygiene Kits Provide Dignity to St. Petersburg

Homelessness is a growing epidemic all around the nation from cities like Las Vegas to St. Petersburg and many fellow residents are taking the initiative to make a difference in their community. “One of America’s greatest cities, St. Petersburg is an attractive destination for many, including homeless individuals. As a compassionate community, our city strives to serve the needs of our homeless neighbors while balancing the rights of all residents to have a safe, clean and attractive community for all to enjoy.”

On January 16, 2019, Pharma Services Group from Thermo Fisher Scientific hosted a hygiene kit build assembling 1,100 kits, via a give back team building activity through Wildly Different, a company whose mission is to provide outstanding team building experiences.

Pharma Services Group graciously donated the entire 1,100 hygiene kits to St. Petersburg Free Clinic, whose patients reside in unruly living conditions. St. Petersburg Free Clinic provides a number of benefits and services including shelter, food, to health and dental care.


“We have a transient client that was absolutely enthralled to receive the hygiene kit. It had been a considerable amount of time since they have had both a tooth brush and a razor. The hygiene kit was sincerely a blessing for this client.”

– Shaina Bent, Director of Food Programs

What's in a standard hygiene kit?

Clean the World Hygiene Kits contain essential items to help maintain daily hygiene. These kits include items such as a bar of recycled soap, repurposed bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion, a washcloth, a toothbrush, toothpaste along with a razor.

How you can get involved!

Hosting a Clean the World Hygiene Kit Build is a unique experience that provides your team members with the resources to not only strengthen bonds, but to give back to the community as well.

To schedule your very own hygiene kit build, visit Clean the World.


LexisNexis gives back in Nashville

Giving back to the Nashville Community

On January 30, 2019, LexisNexis, a company who’s been an outstanding partner with Clean the World for over two years now, hosted a hygiene kit build in Nashville, Tennessee at the Grand Opryland Hotel assembling 8,000 hygiene kits! These kits were distributed to four local charities in Nashville.

The Recipients

Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee received 6,350 hygiene kits, allowing them to stock the shelves of their pantry with hygiene necessities for the many individuals that utilize their services every week.

Shower the Peopleanother recipient charity selected by LexisNexis, received 1,000 Clean the World Hygiene Kits. Shower The People’s primary purpose is to show love by providing mobile shower facilities to homeless individuals in the community.

The Little Pantry That Could accepted 400 kits and distributed them through their Food Pantry, which is open every Saturday.

“One friend who is living outside expressed how happy he was to receive a kit with everything he needed in a convenient package.”

Stacy Downey, Executive Director of The Little Pantry That Could

The remaining 250 hygiene kits from the LexisNexis event were distributed to benefit NeedLink Nashville. NeedLink provides emergency financial assistance and has helped area residents in need for more than a century.

How you can get involved!

Hygiene kit builds are an amazing team building activity that not only gives back to your local community, but boost team morale as well! To schedule your Clean the World Hygiene Kit Building Event, visit Clean the World. 


Hygiene Help in New York’s Community

On October 22nd, Pro Unlimited hosted a hygiene kit build in Woodbury, New York. During the build, participants helped assemble 100 Clean the World Hygiene Kits! These kits were presented to Long Island Coalition for the Homeless. The individuals who received the hygiene kits were experiencing “Street Homelessness,” living in tents or even in the woods without shelter. Hygiene kits contain essential resources to aid in maintaining hygiene health.

Some of these recipients did not have access to these amenities in months, even years. One recipient, for example, has been experiencing “Street Homelessness” for over 20 years. In result, the hygiene kits made an impact not only on those who received the kits but to those distributing as well.

What's in a standard hygiene kit?

Clean the World hygiene kits include the following items: 1 bar of recycled soap, re-purposed bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion, a razor as well as toothpaste and a toothbrush, to maintain dental hygiene.

How you can get involved!

Team building exercises help bring a strong work relationship, and hygiene kit builds are a great way to boost team morale! To host your very own Clean the World Hygiene Kit Build, visit cleantheworld.org.

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