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Soapbox and Clean the World Foundation Reach Partnership Milestone To Donate 57 Million Handwashes

In Honor of World Hand Hygiene Day, Clean the World Foundation Celebrates Soapbox as Largest One-for-One Partner

Press Release – Georgetown, D.C. (May 4, 2018) – Clean the World Foundation, a leader in Global Health, is celebrating partner Soapbox on World Hand Hygiene Day. Every purchase of Soapbox’s personal care products, including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, liquid hand soap and bar soap, provides a bar of soap to someone in need around the world. As the largest current retail giveback partner, Soapbox’s donation of 320,000 soap bars to Clean the World Foundation has translated into more than 57 million handwashes to keep children and families healthy.

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Recycled Hygiene Products Will Save Lives Around the World

ORLANDO, Fla. — (March 22, 2018) – Discarded soap and bottled amenities left behind by guests at the Witness Group properties now have a second life thanks to a recycling program from Clean the World, a leader in Global Health, that helps fight the spread of preventable diseases. The Witness Group (TWG), recently launched the recycling program at its 28 properties, including 2,581 rooms.

Used soap and plastic amenity bottles from all TWG properties are shipped to a Clean the World Recycling Operations Center, where they are sanitized and repurposed. Clean the World’s simple mission is to recycle hotel soap and save lives. The organization has partnered with more than 5,000 hotels and resorts to put life-saving hygiene products in the hands of those who need them most.

Vijay Phatak, SVP of Operations at TWG says “The foundation of our hospitality industry depends on teamwork and helping each other to achieve common goal for the hotel. When we realized that we could take that teamwork to help a far greater goal to improve global health, it was an easy decision to partner with Clean the World who is known for recycling discarded soap and bottled amenities to convert in life-saving hygiene products for those in need. Every Witness Group associate does their part of the process with extreme pride and enthusiasm knowing that their simple action could help save lives around the world.”

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 44 million bars of soap in 127 countries.

“Sustainability is a major focus for hotels,” said Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World. “We estimate the North American lodging industry throws away more than a million bars of soap each day. By recycling soap and bottled amenities, TWG will divert an estimated 8,876 pounds from landfills. This equates to roughly 50,000 life-saving hygiene products each year that will go directly into the hands of children and their families in need.”

For more information about the Clean the World Hotel Recycling program, please visit: https://cleantheworld.org/get-involved/hotel-recycling-program/


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. Clean the World operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, and Punta Cana and leads a “Global Hygiene Revolution” to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 5,000 hotel and resort partners. The organization benefits children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, more than 44 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in over 127 countries. Clean the World has served over 10 million individuals through its soap distribution and hygiene education programs. In addition, Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information: CleantheWorld.org.

FOR CLEAN THE WORLD:
Sandie Beauchamp
sbeauchamp@cleantheworld.org
(407) 574-8353

About The Witness Group
The Witness Group is a best-in-class hospitality and mixed-use real estate company with three unique, integrated solutions for Investment, Management, and Construction. TWG currently operates 28 hotels, with an additional 10+ various stages of planning or construction. It is the organization’s belief that success begins with a commitment to performing at our B.E.S.T. – Balance, Empowerment, Service, and Transparency. The Witness Group strives to be a community partner, both locally and globally.

To learn more about The Witness Group, please visit:
www.thewitnessgroup.com

Saluting All Our Fabulous Hotel Room Attendants

This is International Housekeepers Week!

IHW is held every year during the second full week of September and sponsored by IEHA. It is dedicated to recognizing the efforts of hard-working custodial staff members. Cleaning employees have one of the toughest jobs in a building – and one of the most important. They are the true heroes of any building operation. Buildings that aren’t properly cleaned can lead to illness and productivity loss for the people who visit, eat, live, work and play there.

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Soap Collection is Off to an Amazing Start at The Plaza Hotel

When The Plaza Hotel in New York City opened in 1907, it was impressively described as the greatest hotel in the world. More than 100 years later – The Plaza is still know for impressive achievements.

The iconic hotel recently joined Clean the World’s amenity recycling program. Within a week, the housekeeping staff had already filled the first set of bins with discarded soap and bottled amenities. Plaza management is recognizing the staff for their efforts – and we offer our congratulations as well.

You are off to an amazing start, Plaza! Thanks for supporting the Global Hygiene Revolution.

Clean the World Welcomes Springwood Hospitality to the Global Hygiene Revolution

Springwood Hospitality is a growing, Pennsylvania-based hotel development and management company – and one of the latest to join Clean the World’s Hospitality Partner Program. The Springwood team focuses on three simple words that describe the company’s philosophy: Caring, competent and committed. Team members across all the properties work together as one unit to serve that business approach and raise the bar even higher.

We look forward to working with properties in Hershey and York as they begin shipping discarded soap and bottled amenities to our Orlando recycling center. Welcome aboard!

Clean the World launches new Veteran Hygiene Kits and a social media contest to honor heroes

ORLANDO, Fla. – (Mar 31, 2017) – Clean the World is launching new Veteran Hygiene Kits to save the lives of our heroes. These life-saving Hygiene Kits include hygiene products from our global mission, along with important protective items, too.

The kits feature resealable plastic bags, two bars of repurposed soap, bottles of repurposed shampoo, conditioner and body wash, toothbrushes and toothpaste, wash cloths, shaving cream, socks, earplugs, mouthwash, Neosporin, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, deodorant, sunscreen, an eye mask, and inspirational note cards. It’s because of the dedication to country and its people, Clean the World is proud to present its Veteran-themed Hygiene Kit.

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There is an indefinite need for veterans to receive these necessary hygiene products. According to The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night. Unfortunately, the extreme shortage of everyday essentials such as soap, leaves these veterans at risk for health-related diseases. Our hygiene kits are meant to prevent such diseases, lift their spirits, and ease the burden of homelessness.

In honor of the Veteran Hygiene Kit release, Clean the World is hosting a social media photo contest. The first-place winner will receive 100 Veteran Hygiene Kits to donate to a local charity of their choice. The month-long photo contest will begin on April 1 and run until April 30, 2017. For more information on the contest and how to get involved, visit Clean the World’s social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can also download the official contest PDF Calendar by Clicking Here

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

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Clean the World proudly celebrates Women’s Month.

Joan Toth
by Pam Rosenburg

A woman that influenced my life and made me learn what hard work was is Joan Toth. She was an Associate Publisher of Convenience Store News in 1992 when I met her. I was her Assistant in NYC. She expected nothing less than the best from me. She terrified me at the beginning because she was so demanding. She was a woman who knew what she wanted. And what she wanted was to run that company one day and she worked her butt off. There was no doubt that would happen. She deserved it and more. She worked endless hours, traveled to so many trade shows and conferences and client meetings. She trained her employees to be the best. I got the chance of a lifetime when a co-worker could not travel due to pregnancy and I had to fill in and fly to New Orleans to a huge convention. Of course, there was a huge problem prior to the show. Joan was not there yet but I was and I had to fix it. It was not easy but I did it. Not only did I fix the problem but I truly impressed Joan and I got a huge promotion and everything that she taught me to come out at that show. She knew she could throw anything at me from that point forward. We worked together there for 7 years. (FYI – she did end up running that company.)

When she left the publishing world she started a company called the Network of Executive Women, a 501 (c)3 educational organization with over 10,000 members representing 750 companies in the retail and consumer goods and services industry, including grocery, chain drug, mass retail, convenience store/petroleum, club, wholesalers, manufacturers, service providers associations and trade media. The mission of the organization was to advance women, grow business and transform the industry’s workplace through the power of the community. I saw the organization go from an idea to the 10,000+ members. By the way, her company was doing so well and they were so busy and needed extra help and she reached out to me to come and work for her again which I happily did for another few years.

After 15 years she chose to move on and she just started working for a company called Simpactful as a Senior Consultant. Simpactful is a CPG/Retail Consulting Firm made up of industry experts from top corporations. They specialize in areas of Diversity and Inclusion, Commercial Strategy, Revenue Management, Organizational Development. I am sure she will work her magic here as well.

We still remain in contact after all of these years. Without her, I am not sure where I would be in the workplace. She definitely helped shape me to be the woman I am in the workplace. She may have worked me hard but she was also the most caring person in the world to Eric and I. I am so grateful to have been put in her path in this life.


Jane Goodall
by Steffani Fields

My female role model is the British primatologist and anthropologist, Jane Goodall. As an animal-lover and a student of anthropology, I have always been interested in the relationship between apes and humans and often curious as to how we became so different over time. After studying and working with apes during college, I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Goodall as a researcher with the Jane Goodall Institute. I admire her for so many reasons, but mostly for her ability to live and study independently in Tanzania for over 30 years, proving to the world not only how intelligent and sensitive chimpanzees are, but mostly how closely related we are to them as humans. I also especially admire her for standing up for the rights and improving the lives of creatures who can’t necessarily do so for themselves. Although we work with humans at CTWF, I feel we have a similar mission in our efforts to improve the lives of children and families without access to the basic human rights of hygiene education and proper sanitation facilities. Below are a few very meaningful quotes from Jane Goodall:

Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.

The greatest danger to our future is apathy.

Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.

Concord Hospitality and Clean the World deliver half of a million bars of soap to families in need.

We are pleased to recognize our partner Concord Hospitality for their amazing contribution to the Clean the World Hotel Recycling program.  Concord was one of the first management companies to adopt our program for all of their properties.  Since 2010, Concord Hospitality properties combined have collected 104,952 lbs. of soap.  Through our partnership, we have distributed 559,744 bars of life-saving soap to children and families in need worldwide. They’ve also diverted 173,717 or 87 tons of waste from hitting landfills. 

“Our partnership with Clean the World started shortly after the organization was founded. I received a call from a gentleman who wanted to tell me about a new non-profit that would take our hotels’ used soap and bottled amenities to sanitize and redistribute to kids who are dying of diarrheal diseases. After the conversation, I was delighted to think that our waste could ultimately save lives. I walked down to our CEO’s office – he too loved the idea and said it’s important that we get buy-in from our owners, so I then walked down to our COO’s office – he wrote a letter to all owners noting our desire to have all hotels participate in the program,” says Debra Punke, Senior Vice President of Human Capital & Communications. 

“Just a few months later, we were almost 100% implemented, and today we remain strong in our participation. IN addition to our daily efforts, we have attended three mission trips, distributing more than 45,000 bars of soap in total between Guatemala and Guadalajara. Today we look back, and we have diverted nearly 90 tons of waste, created one-half a million bars of soap and saved an estimated 100,000 lives. Concord was one of the first hotel companies to embrace the Clean the World program; we are proud to have set the path for so many other hotel companies and brands to follow! We are raving fans of this organization and the people who serve it. Our associates know that their efforts do make a difference – #soapsaveslives.”

Thank you to Concord Hospitality and their team. It’s through their dedication and tremendous partnership that we can support our mission of recycling soap and saving lives. 

Celebrating Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness

Monday, June 12th, 2017 marked one year since 49 innocent lives were lost during the Pulse Nightclub tragedy in Orlando. Within that year, so much happened here in the community of Orlando and all throughout the world. People chose love over hate and united with their neighbors rather than let fear overcome their lives. This day, which marks a horrific event in history, evolved into Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness. Not just on this day, but each and every day, we’re encouraged to compliment a stranger, spend time getting to know someone better, volunteer at a local organization, or take part in any action that sparks a wave of love and kindness in our communities.

Clean the World celebrated Orlando United Day with a hygiene kit build at our recycling center. Over 75 volunteers made it out on a rainy Monday evening to assemble 4,900 hygiene kits for local organizations benefitting Orlando’s LGBTQ community. Our volunteer center was filled with people of all ages and backgrounds with the common goal of working together to better our community. We danced to music as we packed the soap bars, bottled amenities, and inspirational notes into the hygiene kit bags. We were inspired by the words from representatives of the recipient charities that came to participate in the kit build as they shared with our volunteer group all the wonderful work their organizations do here in Orlando, and more specifically how every one of these hygiene kits would be going directly to individuals in need of a helping hand—or a little love and kindness.

Thank you to everyone who financially supported Clean the World’s Orlando United Day Hygiene Kit Build, those who took time out of their day to assemble kits with us, and those who shared our posts on social media to help spread awareness—this event was made possible because of your support! Whether you’re in Orlando or on the opposite side of the world, be sure to spread positivity in your community and reach out to those in need. We’re all #OrlandoUnited.

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As a global social enterprise, Clean the World is committed to being a leader in both environmental sustainability as well as global health.  This means being actively involved in global multilateral and multi-stakeholder groups and discussions to help maximize our impact – including global commitments like the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The SDGs are a slate of 17 global objectives announced by the United Nations in 2015 designed to improve the state of the world through collaborations among countries and organizations (see http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/).  At Clean the World Foundation, we’re taking an active role in working towards achieving these commitments.  In particular, our work around the world addresses eight specific goals:

Goal 1: No Poverty

Chronic health issues, particularly illnesses linked to water, sanitation, and hygiene, disproportionately affect the 20% of the world’s population living in extreme poverty (less than $1.25 US dollars per day). Fortunately, handwashing with soap is one of the most effective ways to improve health for adults and children alike. Clean the World Foundation is addressing this goal by operating ongoing handwashing behavior change programs designed to improve health sustainably and long-term. When people are healthier, they are able to work more regularly and increase their economic participation, improving incomes and decreasing poverty over time.

Goal 3: Good Health & Well Being

Poor maternal health and high rates of childhood morbidity continue to plague many developing nations. The SDGs call for efforts that reduce childhood morbidity by 70% by 2030. In addition, neglected illnesses, such as Trachoma, continue to pose a tremendous burden for underserved communities, and the SDGs call for an end to these illnesses by 2030 as well. Fortunately, the most effective way to reach these targets is with programs and partnerships that ensure ongoing access to hygiene supplies and education. We’re taking an active role in leading efforts to meet this goal through our slate of global programs and partnerships.

Goal 4: Quality Education

One of the primary reasons for chronic absenteeism is hygiene-related illnesses, which can cause children to miss so much school they ultimately drop out and fail to receive an education, only perpetuating chronic poverty. Clean the World Foundation supports this goal by operating our outcome-based Soap in Schools programs in high-risk communities globally. This program provides ongoing access to hygiene supplies and education to students, instilling proper handwashing as a lifelong routine and improving attendance rates so that children can stay in school and receive the education they need to ultimately break the cycles of poverty that have plagued their communities for generations.

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Globally, women and girls are disproportionately disadvantaged in economic and educational opportunities. We’re working to address these issues through our microlending programs, which provide small-scale soap-making jobs to women in high-risk areas. These women are able to further the mission of providing soap and hygiene education to communities in need, while also earning a sustainable income to support themselves and their families. In addition, we’re also proud to provide hygiene kits specifically designed for women, ensuring they have the specific hygiene items they need to stay healthy. Finally, our programs and partnerships in schools help ensure girls are able to receive the hygiene supplies they need to stay in school and receive the same quality education as their peers.

Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation

This goal calls for equitable and universal access to water, sanitation, and hygiene for all by 2030. This is the primary goal addressed by Clean the World Foundation and is perhaps the most important goal of all. In fact, many experts agree that without progress towards this goal, the other goals and targets cannot be achieved. Our global efforts to provide ongoing, sustainable access to hygiene supplies and education directly furthers this target. In addition, our global partnerships with organizations providing sustainable access to water and sanitation create comprehensive efforts that lead to sustainable progress and positive health outcomes around the world.

Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

When people are healthier, they are able to work more regularly and improve their household incomes considerably. Clean the World Foundation programs improve health for people and communities globally, leading to improved economic participation and overall economic growth. In addition, our microloan program provides sustainable jobs in developing communities around the world while also furthering our impact by ensuring there are constant supplies of hygiene items for all people at all times.

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Clean the World is addressing this goal directly through our worldwide soap and amenity recycling programs, an innovation we pioneered in 2009. This sustainability effort, which recycles and repurposes consumable items that would otherwise be discarded in landfills, leads to significant reductions in waste streams. We’re proud to work with thousands of hotels and other partners spanning multiple industries across hundreds of communities around the world.

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Our approach relies on collaboration across multiple sectors and industries throughout the social enterprise, directly supporting this goal’s target of significantly embracing multi-stakeholder partnerships. Within Clean the World Foundation, we rely on various partnerships to help us maximize the efficiency of our operations, allowing us to achieve our impact goals without duplicating program efforts or wasting donor funds. In addition, we also participate in global groups that help oversee the strategies and plans for addressing the goals. We’re proud to be actively involved in relationships with the World Health Organization, various UN agencies, and many more.

Great progress has been made in recent years towards ensuring a more sustainable future for our planet and its citizens. But much work remains. The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide the framework for making considerable progress and Clean the World is proud to be actively engaged in working to make them a success. From helping eradicate neglected illnesses and hygiene-related deaths, to improving environmental sustainability efforts, we’ll continue to lead the charge to improve the lives of millions of people around the world.

Of course, we can’t do this alone. We’re grateful for the tremendous support we receive from partners and donors globally to make our work possible. Every contribution allows us to get that much closer to achieving important goals like these. Together, we truly are making a difference, one bar of soap at a time.

On Wednesday, May 17th, Clean the World visited our final Soap in Schools program of the 2016-2017 school year. This was a great event at Memorial Middle School in Orlando, Florida.  We went with the intentions of educating but left with the gift of a beautiful lesson.

Many of our families were so excited to be involved with our program that they couldn’t help but sing our “Top and Bottoms” song with us.  We also handed out 200 hygiene kits, giving family members basic amenities needed to keep them healthy.  The event was more than the assignments at hand; setting up stations that sparked curiosity, teaching proper hygiene techniques, and providing resources to those that may not have been fortunate enough to acquire them on their own.   These students and their families really showed us how much our program has impacted them.

As many of our students grow and move onto high school, we are pleased to see that their time with Clean the World truly left an imprint on them, and we hope that they will continue to sing proudly for the full twenty seconds while they wash their hands.

As part of our Soap in School program, we are planning three summer camps.  We look forward to educating children on the importance of hand washing.  With proper hygiene education, we can keep them safe and healthy as they prepare for another exciting school year.

Orlando United Day

A Day of Love and Kindness

Almost a year has passed since that night that has forever changed and shaped the Orlando community. On June 12, 2016, 49 lives were taken during the Pulse nightclub tragedy and the community of Orlando answered to this act of hate and violence with love and togetherness. We showed the world that we are a loving community that disapproves of and rejects violence. A community that has grown, prevailed together, and thus come out stronger.

The City of Orlando and Orange County, in collaboration with Pulse, have designated June 12, 2017, as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.” This will be a day-long schedule of remembrances to honor the 49 victims and their families. Some of the events include prayer ceremonies with different speakers, special live performances at Lake Eola, and midnight ceremonies at Pulse.

Clean the World will honor this date by hosting a hygiene kit build at its Landstreet recycling center. Volunteers are joining us from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm to build 4,900 hygiene kits in representation of the 49 victims. The hygiene kits will be donated to different charities across Orlando in support of the LBGTQ community. Let’s all honor and cherish the memory of those who lost their lives. Together we can continue the unity that followed the tragedy because we are #OrlandoUnited.

Visit https://oneorlandoalliance.org to know more about “A Day of Love and Kindness” and all the events that you can be part of on this day. It is a day to spread the love. So, pick an event, give back to the community, and share love and kindness.

 

Excited. Grateful. Inspired. That is how you made us feel.

From April 24, 2017, to April 30, 2017, Clean the World embarked on the adventure of raising money for our Soap in Schools program in India and the reception was outstanding! The goal of our campaign was to raise $2,500 dollars to bring hygiene education and soap to more than 5,000 students in 12 schools in Kolkata, India.

In Kolkata, more than 1.5 million people live in slums with little to no access to adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene. Poor hygiene conditions result in hygiene related diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia which are the top killers of children globally. Clean the World Foundation is committed to its mission and wants to eradicate these horrible diseases. Improving health requires not only access to soap and hygiene education, but also a holistic approach that integrates soap into a healthy water, sanitation, and a hygiene program.

For Clean the World, our followers were our most important asset. We received an overwhelming amount of love and support throughout the campaign, and for this, we are truly thankful. In just one week, we were able to spread awareness about our global health program and raise $3,000 to aid in launching Clean the World Foundation’s nine-month long Soap in Schools India program later this summer.

The first couple of days of the campaign were very exciting. Little did we know, that on the last day we would receive a kind donation that would help us surpass our initial goal by $500. In addition to the generous donations from our amazing supporters, our valued partner Lonza contributed $2,000 to our campaign. Ernesto Lippert, Global Vice President of Marketing and Technology at Lonza, stated that the company is always looking for a channel that supports social efforts to improve the lives of less fortunate communities. Indeed, their generous donation will go a long way to helping us reduce hygiene related diseases and school absences in Kolkata, India.

“When we saw that through a relatively small contribution Lonza could make such a big impact in schools in India, it was clear that we could not only help achieve Clean the World’s goal but also help many children by doing something so close to Lonza’s heart,” said Ernesto Lippert. Lonza has proven that they are driven to make the world a healthier place one person at a time, and for this we thank you!

Clean the World Foundation is very grateful for all the people that we call our friends and supporters. We want to thank everyone that took the time to go through our website, watch our video, share our cause, and participate. Every donation counts and every dollar will go to bringing health and hygiene to children and their families. Your support is making a difference in the lives of the students we serve. More than 5,000 children will be sick less often allowing them to spend more time in the classroom creating a brighter future, thanks to you!

 

PRESS RELEASE: Clean the World Launches Hygiene Kits for Veterans

Clean the World launches new Veteran Hygiene Kits and a social media contest to honor heroes

ORLANDO, Fla. – (May 18, 2017) – Today, Clean the World, a leader in global health, launches new Veteran Hygiene Kits to improve the lives of our heroes. These life-saving hygiene kits are specialized for veterans and include basic hygiene products as well as important protective items, too.

The kits feature resealable bags, two bars of new soap, bottles of repurposed shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razor and shaving cream, comb, socks, deodorant, and inspirational note cards. It’s because of the dedication to country and its people, Clean the World is proud to present its Veteran-themed Hygiene Kit.

“Many of our veterans lack the basic hygiene amenities needed to keep them safe and healthy. It is our duty to support these veterans,” said Shawn Seipler, Founder and CEO for Clean the World. “Putting these specialized kits in the hands of our veterans is a great way to honor and thank them for their service.”

There is an indefinite need for veterans to receive these necessary hygiene products. According to The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night. Unfortunately, the extreme shortage of everyday essentials, such as soap, leaves these veterans at risk for health-related diseases. Clean the World’s Hygiene Kits are meant to prevent such diseases, lift their spirits, and ease the burden of homelessness.

In honor of the Veteran Hygiene Kit release, Clean the World is hosting a social media photo contest. The first-place winner will receive 100 Veteran Hygiene Kits to donate to a local charity of their choice. The photo contest will begin on May 22, 2017 and run until May 31, 2017. For more information on the contest and how to get involved, visit Clean the World’s social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can also download the official contest Word Calendar here: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/veterans-hygiene-kit-campaign/

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 5,000 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 40 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 115 countries. More information: www.cleantheworld.org

Partnering with Children International to save even more lives in Zambia

Clean the World partners with Children International to save even more lives in Zambia

Children International works to save and improve the lives of children living in poverty by providing health, education, empowerment, and employment. In 2016, Clean the World partnered with Children International to deliver soap and hygiene education to vulnerable, impoverished children in Zambia.

The Partnership

The partnership between Clean the World and Children International focuses on the health aspect of their mission, which is where the two organizations align nicely.

Clean the World saw the value in partnering with Children International as a way to reach an even greater number of children with soap and hygiene education.

In certain regions in Zambia, poor hygiene practices are a major problem resulting in outbreaks of diseases such as respiratory tract infections, diarrhea, worm infestations, and eye infections. Bacteria in these communities spread quickly through the entire populations and affect all members of the family. Through this collaboration, Field Offices and Health Personnel have carried out health talks with a focus on hygiene education and sanitation. Along with these vital health talks, Health Personnel has provided hand washing demonstrations, and hand washing promotion campaigns that are matched with access to our Clean the World bars of soap.  The availability of the soap bars promotes good hygiene throughout these communities and even good hygiene practices at home.

The Results

Through this collaboration last year, we shipped over 232,000 bars of soap to Lusaka, Zambia. We were able to provide nearly 45,000 individuals with bars of soap. Out of this population, 8,138 were 3 to 11 years old and 7,157 were 12 to 18 years old. This type of partnership is exactly how Clean the World wants to complement and extend its own initiatives.

Soap in Schools Program Launches in Las Vegas, NV

Clean the World is thrilled to announce the launch of our Soap in Schools program in Las Vegas thanks to our sponsor Sands Cares. Our Soap in Schools program began in January of 2016 and currently runs domestically in Orlando, Florida and internationally in Kenya and Tanzania. In the coming months of 2017, Soap in Schools will launch in India and Haiti, too. We will be teaching handwashing education to hundreds of students each month across a network of eight locations throughout the greater Las Vegas area.

At Soap in Schools, we share our mission of recycling soap and saving lives and teach families and children the importance of handwashing. During the program, we also distribute our hygiene kits to the families in need, and play and interactive games with the children to keep them engaged and interested in learning about their germs and how to maintain better hygiene! Some of the activities our Orlando program include are: a black light activity where students can spot the germs on their hands “The Germ Detector,” a handwashing station where they learn a jingle and sing along while they scrub their germs away, and a fun trivia game.

During the Soap in Schools program, watching the children’s faces light up and get involved with us is truly amazing. We always hope to leave a positive, lasting impact on their lives and can’t wait to bring this program to Las Vegas.  Clean the World is humbled to have the opportunity to teach students and families the importance of hygiene and hand washing. We are excited to grow our program as it’s making a life changing impact in all areas of the world.

So watch out Las Vegas—some more happy, healthy children are going to be a part of our global hygiene revolution!

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Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

Clean the World Volunteers at He Got Up: Helping the Homeless

Clean the World Volunteers at He Got Up: Helping the Homeless

On a sunny Sunday, April 5th Clean the World helped Orlando shine a little bit brighter by volunteering at an event called “He Got Up.” He Got Up is hosted by the Orlando Serve Foundation and is a day of celebration and service to help the Orlando homeless community. In attendance were local non-profits, government leaders, faith-based organizations, a resource fair, stadium concession stands, educational institutions, and barbers—all free of charge for the Orlando community.

The hundreds of volunteers who helped run this moving event were ready to serve those in need, including our Clean the World family. As the free transportation buses pulled up to Camping World Stadium filled with hopeful attendees, we were eager to help. Our role at He Got Up was to provide hot showers and distribute hygiene kits to individuals and families in need. Upon taking their shower, they were given a bag filled with a towel, washcloth, hand towel, body wash, and lotion. Women also had the opportunity to blow dry their hair, paint their nails, and receive necessary feminine products after their shower. Clean the World’s hygiene kits were given out at the event filled with soap, repurposed shampoo, conditioner, and lotion, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a razor, a washcloth, and an inspirational notecard.

“I love when we get out of the office and participate in a community outreach like He Got Up.  It was a fun time with my co-workers and very humbling to work so closely with our underserved community” says Marti Mosley, Clean the World’s Executive Administrative Assistant.

To hear these families and individuals’ stories, backgrounds, and grateful words was extremely eye-opening. They come from all walks of life. He Got Up was a time for Orlando to come together and brighten their day. A shower is a very personal activity, that’s why we wanted to make everyone feel welcomed and comfortable. Good hygiene and a simple shower can make a huge difference. A woman of 40 years old told us that “this shower made me feel like a millionaire.” And a man named Jonathan said that he’s been “looking forward to this shower all week.” Another woman told us that she doesn’t remember the last time she looked at herself in the mirror.

These daily routines that can be easily taken advantage of made their week. Clean the World is grateful we’re able to provide hygiene and take part in changing people’s lives. It’s important for those who struggle to know that people are there for them and want to provide the means to help them get on their feet. And that’s exactly what we aimed to do volunteering at He Got Up.

“I feel so good. It’s a sunny, beautiful day. Thank you. I have lunch, a shower, and new shoes.” –Samuel, age 60.

This event is so rewarding and we were honored to be a part of it. He Got Up is in its second year, and we believe that our presence will make an even bigger impact than the year before. We want to Clean the World, but sometimes that movement starts in our own backyard.

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Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

Help Bring Hygiene Education to India: Find Out How

Help Bring Hygiene Education to India: Find Out How

Clean the World’s Soap in Schools program will be launching in India, but we can’t make this possible without your support. Our Soap in Schools program began in January of 2016. We visit schools and share our mission to children and families on the importance of hand washing. Our domestic program currently runs in Orlando and Las Vegas, and our international Soap in Schools program finished up in Kenya and is now in Tanzania. We want to broaden our international programs and know that there’s a need for our Soap in Schools program in India.

Below are frequently asked questions to give you an idea about the Soap in Schools program and the impact we plan to make in India:

How many children miss school, and why is this an issue?

  • Proper hygiene education and access to soap is the most effective way to prevent common respiratory and diarrheal diseases which cause absenteeism in school children. When students have proper hygiene education and access to soap, they are sick less often and spend more time in the classroom.
  • According to a study by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 54 percent of students miss school due to illness in a single month, and 34 percent of students are unaware of the health benefits of washing their hands.

Why is it important to bring Soap in Schools to India?

  • Habitat International conducted a study that showed over 1/3 of the population of Calcutta – more than 1.5 million people – live in slums with little to no access to adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene. In one slum, 3/4 of the primary school children who live in Calcutta suffered from one or more morbidities due to poor personal hygiene, most commonly diarrheal diseases (NCBI/NIH)
  • The Bihar State is one of the poorest regions in all of Asia.
  • In India, 50 percent of malnutrition is associated with repeated diarrhea or intestinal worm infections from unsafe water or poor sanitation or hygiene (WHO).
  • Poor hygiene causes respiratory and diarrheal diseases and impacts nutrition.

Does Clean the World have positive results from other international Soap in Schools programs?

  • Yes, we do. In 2016 we launched the Soap in Schools Program in Kenya where there was a big need for hygiene education. Students frequently missed school and sometimes dropped out altogether due to chronic hygiene-related illnesses. After nine months of our hygiene education curriculum, we saw a 56 percent reduction in hygiene-related illnesses and a 45 percent increase in school attendance. The same program was implemented in Tanzania, where we saw a 49 percent reduction in hygiene-related illnesses and a 41 percent increase in school attendance.

How many schools, and how many children will be served in India?

  • The Soap in Schools Program in India will be implemented in 12 schools and will serve 5,000 students.

Where exactly would my donation be going?

  • Donations will help cover the cost of essential program items like the soap and other handwashing supplies, as well as educational materials which will be used to provide hygiene education to school-aged children.
  • $25 allows us to train a teacher on how to instruct proper handwashing
  • $50 allows us to serve a whole classroom for an entire month
  • $100 allows us to conduct an impact assessment of an entire school

Click Here to Donate to Bring Soap in Schools to India


Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

Soap in Schools program is Saving Lives in Tanzania

Clean the World’s Soap in Schools is Saving Lives in Tanzania

Clean the World’s Soap in Schools program in Tanzania launched in September 2016. During Soap in Schools, we teach proper handwashing techniques and distribute soap every two to three weeks to over 5,000 elementary school children. These children and their families in Tanzania need our Soap in Schools program because they live in areas with widespread, life-threatening hygiene-related illnesses.

Seeing Positive Results:

We’re excited to announce the results of our six-month impact assessment in Tanzania. Because of our Soap in Schools program, instances of diarrheal disease and pneumonia are down 49 percent, and school attendance is up 42 percent across the entire population.

Our program has proven that children and their families are healthier, going to school more, and on their way of breaking the cycle of poverty that has plagued their communities for generations. The positive impact Soap in Schools is making globally is something to celebrate. These results are getting closer to those we saw from our Kenya Soap in Schools program – and the amazing results are a reminder that our collective efforts really do make a huge, lifesaving impact.

Soap Saves Lives:

Because of the difference, our international Soap in Schools program is making in Kenya and Tanzania, we’ll soon be launching Soap in Schools in India and Haiti in the coming months. By this September, roughly 25,000 children will be participating in our Soap in Schools programs around the world each month.

We truly are improving health and saving lives, one bar of soap at a time.

 


Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

Travel industry cleans up its act

Five million bars of soap get thrown away every day in hotels across the world, says Shawn Siepler, CEO of Clean the World. Here’s what he did about it.

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Richard Quest explores the Importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

An in-depth look at Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Clean the World as Richard Quest explores the ways the travel industry is giving back by doing good — and what benefits it has for the companies themselves.


Travel Gives Back

Keeping the business traveler happy is not just about good service. Travel companies are realizing they do well by doing good.

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Travel industry cleans up its act

Five million bars of soap get thrown away every day in hotels across the world, says Shawn Siepler, CEO of Clean the World. Here’s what he did about it.

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Brand reputation matters

Richard Quest explores the ways the travel industry is giving back by doing good — and what benefits it has for the companies themselves.

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Featured photo by Annastasia Charles.

Travel+Leisure: This Is What Happens to Half-used Hotel Room Soap

Unless you plan on holding up in a hotel room for an extended period of time, it’s safe to say that complimentary bar of soap won’t get used up. But where does that soap go after the hotel guests are gone?

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Featured photography by Tim Amirzadeh.

Meet Your Customer Service Rep: Donya McSwain

You might’ve spoken with them already, but for those who haven’t had the chance to meet the wonderful individuals that make up Clean the World’s stellar Customer Service team, here’s your chance! We will be spotlighting a team member each month to help you get to know the face on the opposite end of the phone (or computer).

Donya McSwain is an Account Manager for our Customer Service team at Clean the World. She’s known for her hard work ethic, ability to make anyone smile, and delicious macaroni and cheese at company potlucks and cookouts.

How Clean the World’s Mission Gives Her Meaning

Donya McSwainDonya has been a soap hero with Clean the World for a little over a year. She heard about our organization through a friend who worked here, and Clean the World’s mission to recycle soap and save lives is what most inspired her to be a part of the team. Our mission hits especially close to home for Donya because we save the lives of millions of children—and her three beautiful kids are her pride and joy.

Her most humbling memory working at Clean the World was during the chaos of Hurricane Matthew. Donya explains that, “As an internal Clean the World family, we packaged boxes of soap and separated soap. We all brought our kids and families and came together as a team to get tons of soap out to those in desperate need. We worked around the clock and some even stayed overnight.” Donya says that “It’s the mission that drew me here, and it’s what’s keeping me here. To save lives and keep families together is absolutely everything to me.”

A Day in the Life of Donya

Though no day has ever proven alike, Donya wears many hats as the account manager. She’s responsible for making sure bins get delivered and soap gets picked up, and oversees return labels, processing cancelations, changing partner statuses, and implementing properties. Having a relatively small customer service team means working diligently hard, but Donya says, “My favorite part about working at Clean the World are the people internally and externally. I enjoy my customers as much as I enjoy my coworkers. I look forward to coming to work every day.”

Donya is best-described as a people-person who loves to smile and laugh, and make sure everyone around her is taken care of whether that be clients or just friends and family. Her background in customer-service helps in her everyday life as she explains that “Everything in life involves customer service.” She has a passion for massage therapy, something she developed from her mother, and even traces that passion back to having a desire to help others and make them feel good.

Moving Forward

 “I want everyone to know about Clean the World. I want everyone to know the impact it’s having on children and families—not just in other countries but in the United States. I want Clean the World to be a household name.”

Next time you speak with Donya, please let her know how she can help you—because her kind and selfless personality is sure to do just that!

 


Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

Clean the World Announces Upcoming International Distribution Trips for 2017

Clean the World Foundation is excited to announce we will be traveling to Guatemala, Zambia, and the Philippines in the coming months of 2017 for our International Soap Distribution trips. We’re looking for guests to join us this year to help educate the local communities on the importance of hand washing.

As Clean the World strives to become the leader in global health, our International Distribution trips and the help of our guests who join us on the trips means the world to us. We’ve conducted more than 15 International Soap Distribution trips, and are anticipating the impact we can make for our next.

Groups of five to 15 individuals will spend five to seven days in a country where they will have the opportunity to deliver 10,000 to 20,000 bars of soap and provide proper hygiene education to those in need. Through our fun and interactive skits that teach proper handwashing techniques, you’ll have the opportunity to change the lives of others and experience our global hygiene revolution.

The travel dates are as follows:

Zambia: June 11-17, 2017

Guatemala: July 31-August 5 and September 25-30, 2017

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For further information on pricing, contact info@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com

If you’re unable to attend a trip this year but would still like to support Clean the World Foundation here are some great ways you can stay involved:

  1. Our greatest need is financial support. Did you know, for every $1 donated to Clean the World Foundation we are able to supply a family of five with hygiene necessities for a month? Become a sustaining member with a monthly donation to help us improve lives and our planet.

Website: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/forms/donation-form/

  1. Word of mouth is extremely powerful. Help spread the word about the importance of hygiene education and our hygiene programs. Give a presentation to your club, community center or neighbors. You can make a difference as an individual who believes in our mission to recycle soap and save lives.

Website: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/foundation/

  1. Invite someone who might want to go on a future trip or get involved with Clean the World.
  2. Help us bring awareness of Clean the World Foundation to the hospitality industry. Invite the industry to visit our website and see how they can participate.

Website: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/get-involved/hotel-recycling-program/

  1. Host a fundraiser! We encourage supporters to help raise funds that will allow us to sustain our community and international hygiene programs.
  2. Volunteer at our Orlando and Las Vegas facilities. For schedule and more information please email volunteers@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com

Website: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/

 


Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

“Clean Goes Green”: Clean the World Celebrates Earth Month This April and Every Day

Who said loving the earth had to last only one day? Clean the World celebrates planet Earth every day through our global hygiene revolution, but in light of Earth Day on April 22, we’re especially highlighting why our impact on it is so important— so we’re celebrating sustainability and green initiatives the entire month of April.

To put just how important it is to recycle into perspective; According to the Economist, the United States alone chucks away 11.4 billion dollars worth of recyclable containers and packaging annually. As an organization who’s passionate about sustainability and making an environmental change, we encourage you to take a stand. Taking care of earth starts with a small notion, and you can make a difference by just recycling in your own home or at work, or even by volunteering at one of our warehouses to help Clean the World recycle bars of soap and bottled amenities.

How Clean the World is Making a Change:

Five million bars of soap each day are tossed into landfills worldwide, just from the hospitality industry alone. To combat this, Clean the World diverts an astonishing 14.8 million pounds of waste from landfills through recycling bottled amenities such as shampoo, conditioner, and soap from more than one million hotel rooms daily, and we wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of our Soap Heroes!

An Ode to One of Our Soap Heroes:

Thank you to our partner, Guest Supply who makes our mission of recycling soap and saving lives possible. Since 2013, Guest Supply has helped Clean the World manage inventory from their six locations across the United States. They help us collect soaps and bins from over half of the hotels we recycle from, and over 800,000 hotel rooms. To continue making a difference, Clean the World is currently working on recycling not only the bottles of these products, but the liquid inside as well.

How You Can Get Involved:

Join in on our Earth Month movement. Use the hashtags #CleantheWorld and #CleanGoesGreen in your social media posts for a chance to be featured on our page. Help spread the word about why it’s important to go green, reduce, reuse and recycle to make our earth just a little more beautiful each day.

For information on volunteer opportunities with Clean the World, please email: volunteers@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com

 


Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

Clean the World Global Headquarters in Orlando has moved

Clean the World is excited to announce that we’ve moved locations!

Clean the World has relocated to:

2544 E. Landstreet Rd, Suite 600, Orlando, FL 32824

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This is our new global headquarters, recycling operational center (ROC) and volunteer center. All soap and bottled amenity shipments, product donations, company correspondence, mail, payments, and volunteers should come to our new global headquarters and new shipping/receiving location at 2544 E. Landstreet Rd, Suite 600, Orlando, FL 32824.

VOLUNTEERS: Please make sure to call (407) 574-8353 and make a volunteer appointment with us. We’re looking forward to the new opportunities and memories that will be made in our new-and-improved location. We can’t wait to have our soap heroes join us!

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Clean the World Partners with The Beauty Initiative to Help Women Feel Confident & Beautiful

The Beauty InitiativeIn December 2016, Clean the World partnered with The Beauty Initiative to provide hygiene products to women across the state of Florida. The Beauty Initiative is a non-profit organization that’s mission is to provide free sanitary products to women who are homeless or who experience financial hardships.

Our bars of soap and bottled amenities helped ease the brunt of poverty to these young women. Often times, these women don’t have the means to purchase the necessary hygiene products during their menstruation that helps them feel healthy and clean, but through this amazing collaboration, we were able to help them feel as beautiful and healthy as every woman deserves to.

The Beauty Initiative was able to pack an astounding 343 bags of hygienic items that included our Clean the World soaps. At their most recent event, that number nearly doubled to 700 bags distributed to women across the state of Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. The bags were not only given to women on the streets, but also to a shelter for runaway teens, veterans, and another shelter for domestic violence victims.

These life-changing bags were given to the Broward County Sherriff’s Office and Police Homeless Task Force. The officers kept the bags handy while they were on patrol. They kindly distributed them when they identified someone who could benefit from the feminine hygiene items and beauty products.

The Beauty Initiative not only provides the physical tools for success to women but also the emotional means as well. They hold interactive workshops that promote and teach self-love, self-worth, etiquette, and wellness—along with other beauty techniques women enjoy. Women everywhere deserve to feel confident. At Clean the World, we value that even just a bar of soap can make women feel just that and make a difference in their lives. We donated 500 soaps to The Beauty Initiative and love what the organization stands for. March 8th is International Women’s Day. Make sure to celebrate, empower, and cherish being a woman or the women in your life, because even a small notion goes a long way and can make a difference.

 


Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

Las Vegas Students Working Hard to Make a Difference

Cheyenne HSClean the World is eternally grateful for the volunteers who help us achieve our goals of recycling soap and saving lives. Among these amazing volunteers are a group of students from Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Clean the World team members work hand-in-hand with young adults in Cheyenne’s Postsecondary Opportunities for Students in Transition (POST) program to increase the students’ occupational, social, and behavioral skills and help them become more productive in their everyday lives. While volunteering in the Clean the World warehouse, they sort bottled amenities collected from hotel partners in and around Las Vegas — so we always appreciate their hands-on support.

Kirk Howser is the POST special education teacher at Cheyenne. Howser oversees this entry-level individualized education program for disabled young adults ages 18 to 22 years old. The POST program helps his students demonstrate independence and competence in areas of employment, socialization, and independent living skills. Their class discussions often teach the students the importance of hygiene products, and why it’s necessary to provide them to those in need.

“Clean the World has opened up new teaching opportunities for our students who have disabilities” Howser said. “Our students do not usually get the opportunity to give back to those in need. It’s usually the other way around. For me personally, I’m happy that I get to share the wonderful feeling of giving back with my students … to see them smile knowing that they are helping someone is really special.”

Howser and his students make a lot of great memories during their volunteer sessions at Clean the World. However, one of their favorites was taking a class picture in front of the Christmas tree. For Howser, giving back is always special, but he says it took on even more significance during the holiday season when the group combined memorable moments with learning and laughter.

We truly appreciate the dedication and passion of the POST students during their weekly visits. Clean the World always welcomes young adults who want to make a difference and increase the impact of our mission. We value our part in helping these young adults develop workplace experience, independence, and communication skills. Their selflessness never goes unnoticed.


Researched and written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

Middle School Students Learn the Importance of Hand Washing

IMG_7987_medium IMG_7990_mediumOn February 15, Clean the World employees volunteered at Memorial Middle School in Orlando for our monthly Soap in Schools program. We had the wonderful opportunity to teach students the importance of hand washing, while also keeping them engaged and creating an environment where they have fun learning about germs and hygiene!

To begin the exciting event, students played a trivia game lead by Clean the World’s Lisa Hullinger, who gave them the dirty details about how far a sneeze travels. She also schooled the kids about which everyday item carries more germs — a cellphone or a toilet seat (spoiler alert, it’s a cellphone!), and how it’s crucial for them to wash their hands with soap rather than just use hand sanitizer. While some students couldn’t be stumped by these facts, many were shocked to know how many germs they are exposed to on a daily basis.

The crowd favorite of the afternoon was the black light activity, or as our intern Gabrielle Lintz renamed it, the “Germ Detector.” After students played the trivia game, they were eager to see what the black light would be used for. They saw their germs light up and come to life under the light, and were then strongly motivated to wash their hands.

At the hand-washing station, soap heroes Madison Wilson, Jorge Souto, and Cairra Martin of Clean the World sang a jingle to teach the students how to effectively wash their hands and remove the germs they spotted under the black light. For 20 seconds, the students successfully scrubbed away the germs and sang along to the hand-washing song that Clean the World teaches at every Soap in Schools event.

Clean the World is humbled to have the opportunity to teach students and families the importance of hygiene and hand washing. Seeing the children’s faces light up and get involved with us is truly amazing. We always hope to leave a positive, lasting impact on their lives. At the end of the event we gave each family a hygiene kit to take home, as a thank you for participating and taking the time to learn how they can improve their hygiene practices.

Clean the World’s Soap in Schools program began in January of 2016. Once a month we visit a different middle school after-school program to share our mission and teach families and students about the importance of hand washing.


Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

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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For further information contact:
Triggerfish Communications
0207 233 9700

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.

NEWS RELEASE: Former Orlando Predators Head Coach Rob Keefe Joins Clean the World as Manager of Products and Business Development


4-Time Arena Football League Champion Will Focus His Energy, Passion, and Winning Spirit on Addressing Hygiene Needs in Communities Nationwide

 

ORLANDO, Fla. — (Dec. 1, 2016) – After leading the Orlando Predators to back-to-back Arena Football League South Division championships during his three seasons as head coach, Rob Keefe is tackling a new challenge. Clean the World announced today that Keefe has joined the team to develop innovative new programs as the manager of products and business development.

Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to saving lives around the world with recycled hotel soap while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. Here in the United States, the organization distributes hygiene kits to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, families in transition, and victims of natural disasters. Companies, schools, and other groups assemble the kits at events that improve teamwork and focus attention on their communities. Keefe will bring his unique brand of high-energy motivation to the mission by creating and implementing programs that make it easy to host these events and provide personal hygiene items to those in need.

“Rob is a dynamic, engaging individual who has a knack for bringing out the best in those around him,” said Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler. “We are blessed to have him leading our effort to promote more awareness of the hygiene kit program in universities, high schools, and with other groups across the United States. With Rob calling the plays, we can change hundreds of thousands more lives every year.”

Keefe started receiving job offers from other teams after the Predators announced in October that it was suspending team operations. Opportunities in broadcasting and business have been on the table as well. However, none of those grabbed him the way Clean the World did. According to Keefe, all the other options paled in comparison to taking what he learned from a lifetime on the field and applying it to improving the lives of people who are struggling.

“Other teams called, but the Clean the World mission called to me in a different way,” Keefe said. “Being clean and having a positive self-image is directly connected to dignity and success. People aren’t at the top of their game when they can’t take care of basic personal hygiene needs. I feel strongly that at this stage in life, my purpose is to give disadvantaged people the hope and boost they need to move forward. Developing these community-based programs will not only benefit those in need, but it will help me become the person I want to be.”

For information on how your organization can host a hygiene kit event, contact Clean the World at (407) 574-8353, or email info@ctw2.wpstagecoach.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 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.

CONTACT:
John Terry
Clean the World
jterry@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com
407-405-7479

Welcoming Hundreds of New Recycling Partners to the Clean the World Family

We regularly spotlight new hotel partners in the Clean the World newsletter. However, we have an unprecedented number of hotels joining since Hilton announced that all 750 properties across its All Suites brands will recycle discarded soap and amenity bottles through Clean the World. We want to make sure all our fans, followers, and supporters get a chance to see the parters that have come on board. So please check out this list from just the past few weeks:

• Hampton Inn Haverhill, Haverhill, MA
• Embassy Suites Anaheim – North, Anaheim, CA
• Embassy Suites Anaheim – South, Garden Grove, CA
• Homewood Suites Savannah, Savannah, GA
• Homewood Suites Seattle Convention Center Pike Stree, Seattle, WA
• Homewood Suites Seattle/Tukwila, Tukwila, WA
• Homewood Suites Seattle-Issaquah, Issaquah, WA
• Homewood Suites Shreveport, Shreveport, LA
• Homewood Suites Shreveport / Bossier City, Bossier City, LA
• Homewood Suites Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD
• Homewood Suites Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD
• Homewood Suites Slidell, Slidell, LA
• Homewood Suites Somerset, Somerset, NJ
• Homewood Suites Southington, Southington, CT
• Homewood Suites St. Cloud, Saint Cloud, MN
• Homewood Suites St. Louis Riverport – Airport West, Maryland Heights, MO
• Homewood Suites St. Louis-Chesterfield, Chesterfield, MO
• Homewood Suites St. Louis-Galleria, Richmond Heights, MO
• Homewood Suites Sudbury, Ontario, Ca, Sudbury, ON
• Embassy Suites Anaheim/Orange, Orange, CA
• Embassy Suites Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
• Embassy Suites Arcadia-Pasadena Area, Arcadia, CA
• Embassy Suites Atlanta @ Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA
• Embassy Suites Atlanta/Kennesaw-Town Center, Kennesaw, GA
• Embassy Suites Atlanta-Alpharetta, Alpharetta, GA
• Embassy Suites Atlanta-Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
• Embassy Suites Atlanta-Galleria, Atlanta, GA
• Embassy Suites Atlanta-Perimeter Center, Atlanta, GA
• Embassy Suites Austin-Arboretum, Austin, TX
• Embassy Suites Austin-Central, Austin, TX
• Embassy Suites Baltimore – North/Hunt Valley, Hunt Valley, MD
• Embassy Suites Baltimore-at BWI Airport, Linthicum, MD
• Embassy Suites Baltimore-Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
• Embassy Suites Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA
• Embassy Suites Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
• Embassy Suites Bloomington, Bloomington, MN
• Embassy Suites Boston – at Logan Airport, Boston, MA
• Embassy Suites Boston/Waltham, Waltham, MA
• Embassy Suites Boston-Marlborough, Marlborough, MA
• Embassy Suites Brea-North Orange County, Brea, CA
• Embassy Suites Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
• Embassy Suites Charleston-Historic Charleston, Charleston, SC
• Embassy Suites Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem, NC
• Hilton Garden Inn Homewood Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore, MD
• Home 2 Suites Wausheksa Brookfield, Wausheka/ Brookfield, WI
• Home2 Suites Albany Airport/Wolf Rd, Albany, NY
• Home2 Suites Albuquerque / Downtown – University, Albuquerque, NM
• Home2 Suites Alexandria, Alexandria, LA
• Home2 Suites Amarillo, Amarillo, TX
• Home2 Suites Anchorage/Midtown, Anchorage, AK
• Home2 Suites Arundel Mills BWI Airport, Hanover, MD
• Home2 Suites Atlanta Downtown, Atlanta, GA
• Home2 Suites Atlanta South/McDonough, McDonough, GA
• Home2 Suites Augusta, Augusta, GA
• Home2 Suites Austin North/Near the Domain, Austin, TX
• Home2 Suites Baltimore Downtown, Baltimore, MD
• Home2 Suites Baltimore/Aberdeen, Aberdeen, MD
• Homewood Suites Syracuse/Liverpool, Liverpool, NY
• Homewood Suites Syracuse-Carrier Circle, East Syracuse, NY
• Homewood Suites Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL
• Homewood Suites Tampa/Brandon, Tampa, FL
• Homewood Suites Tampa-Port Richey, Port Richey, FL
• Homewood Suites TechRidge Parmer @ I-35, Austin, TX
• Homewood Suites Toledo/Maumee, Maumee, OH
• Homewood Suites Toronto – Oakville, Oakville, ON
• Homewood Suites Toronto Airport Corporate Centre, On, Toronto, ON
• Home2 Suites Baltimore/White Marsh, White Marsh, MD
• Home2 Suites Bellingham Airport, Bellingham, WA
• Home2 Suites Biloxi North/D’Iberville, D’Iberville, MS
• Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago, Chicago, IL
• Home2 Suites by Hilton HuntsvilleResearch Park Area, AL, Huntsville, AL
• Home2 Suites by Hilton Louisville, Louisville, KY
• Home2 Suites by Hilton Perrysburg/Toledo, Perrysburg/Toledo, OH
• Home2 Suites by Hilton West Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta
• Home2 Suites Canton, Canton, OH
• Home2 Suites Cartersville, Cartersville, GA
• Home2 Suites Salt Lake City/Layton, Layton, UT
• Home2 Suites Salt Lake City/South Jordan, South Jordan, UT
• Home2 Suites Salt Lake City/West Valley City, West Valley City, UT
• Home2 Suites Salt Lake City-East, Salt Lake City, UT
• Home2 Suites Salt Lake City-Murray, Murray, UT
• Homewood Suites Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
• Homewood Suites Boise, Boise, ID
• Homewood Suites Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs, FL
• Homewood Suites Boston/Billerica, Billerica, MA
• Homewood Suites Boston/Brookline, Brookline, MA
• Homewood Suites Boston/Cambridge-Arlington, Arlington, MA
• Homewood Suites Boston/Canton, Canton, MA
• Homewood Suites Boston-Peabody, Peabody, MA
• Homewood Suites Boulder, Boulder, CO
• Homewood Suites Bozeman, Bozeman, MT
• Homewood Suites Bridgewater/Branchburg, Branchburg, NJ
• Homewood Suites Brighton, Brighton, MI
• Homewood Suites Brownsville, Brownsville, TX
• Homewood Suites Buffalo/Amherst, Buffalo, NY
• Homewood Suites Buffalo-Airport, Cheektowaga, NY
• Homewood Suites Burlington, Ontario, Ca, Burlington, ON
• Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas-Arlington, Arlington, TX
• Homewood Suites Washington DC Convention Center, Washington, DC
• Homewood Suites Washington DC NoMa Union Sta, Washington, DC
• Homewood Suites Washington, D.C. Down, Washington, DC
• Homewood Suites Washington-Dulles Int’l. Airport, Herndon, VA
• Homewood Suites Waterloo/St. Jacobs, Ontario, Ca, Waterloo, ON
• Homewood Suites West Des Moines/SW-Mall Area, West Des Moines, IA
• Homewood Suites Davenport, Davenport, IA
• Homewood Suites Davidson, Davidson, NC
• Homewood Suites Dayton South/Dayton Mall, Miamisburg, OH
• Homewood Suites Dayton/Fairborn, Fairborn, OH
• Homewood Suites Daytona Beach Speedway-Airport, Daytona Beach, FL
• Homewood Suites Decatur/Forsyth, Forsyth, IL
• Homewood Suites Del Mar, San Diego, CA
• Homewood Suites Denton, Denton, TX
• Homewood Suites Denver Tech Center, Englewood, CO
• Homewood Suites Denver West/Lakewood, Lakewood, CO
• Homewood Suites Denver-International Airport, Denver, CO
• Homewood Suites Denver-Littleton, Littleton, CO
• Homewood Suites Detroit/Troy, Troy, MI
• Homewood Suites Dover, Dover, NH
• Homewood Suites Dover (Rockaway), Dover, NJ
• Embassy Suites Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
• Embassy Suites Charlotte – Concord/Golf Resort &, Concord, NC
• Embassy Suites Chicago – North Shore/Deerfield, Deerfield, IL
• Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL
• Embassy Suites Chicago-Naperville, Naperville, IL
• Embassy Suites Chicago-Schaumburg/Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL
• Embassy Suites Cincinnati-Rivercenter/Covingto, Covington, KY
• Embassy Suites Cleveland – Downtown, Cleveland, OH
• Embassy Suites Cleveland-Beachwood, Beachwood, OH
• Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside, Independence, OH
• Embassy Suites Columbia-Greystone, Columbia, SC
• Embassy Suites Columbus, Columbus, OH
• Homewood Suites DuBois, Du Bois, PA
• Homewood Suites Dulles-North/Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
• Homewood Suites Durango, Durango, CO
• Homewood Suites Durham-Chapel Hill/I-40, Durham, NC
• Homewood Suites East Rutherford/Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ
• Homewood Suites Eatontown, Eatontown, NJ
• Embassy Suites Dallas-DFW Intl Airport South, Irving, TX
• Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco/Hotel, Convention Cent, Frisco, TX
• Embassy Suites Dallas-Love Field, Dallas, TX
• Embassy Suites Dallas-Market Center, Dallas, TX
• Embassy Suites Dallas-Near the Galleria, Dallas, TX
• Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach – Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, FL
• Embassy Suites Denver – Tech Center, Centennial, CO
• Embassy Suites Denver-Downtown/Convention Center, Denver, CO
• Homewood Suites Edgewater (NYC Area), Edgewater, NJ
• Homewood Suites El Paso-Airport, El Paso, TX
• Homewood Suites Erie, Erie, PA
• Homewood Suites Fairfield, Fairfield, CA
• Homewood Suites Lubbock, Lubbock, TX
• Homewood Suites Lynnwood Seattle Everett, Lynnwood, WA
• Homewood Suites Macon-North, Macon, GA
• Homewood Suites Mahwah, Mahwah, NJ
• Homewood Suites Manchester/Airport, Manchester, NH
• Homewood Suites Markham, Ontario, Ca, Markham, ON
• Homewood Suites McAllen, McAllen, TX
• Homewood Suites Medford, Medford, OR
• Homewood Suites Melville, Plainview, NY
• Homewood Suites Memphis/Germantown, Germantown, TN
• Homewood Suites Memphis-Hacks Cross, Memphis, TN
• Homewood Suites Memphis-Poplar, Memphis, TN
• Homewood Suites Miami Dolphin Mall, Sweetwater, FL
• Homewood Suites Miami Downtown/Brickell, Miami, FL
• Homewood Suites Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon, Miami, FL
• Homewood Suites Miami-Airport/West, Miami, FL
• Homewood Suites Minneapolis/St. Louis Park at West, Saint Louis Park, MN
• Embassy Suites Los Angeles – Int’l Airport/North, Los Angeles, CA
• Embassy Suites Los Angeles – Int’l Airport/South, El Segundo, CA
• Embassy Suites Los Angeles-Glendale, Glendale, CA
• Embassy Suites Louisville, Louisville, KY
• Embassy Suites Louisville-Downtown, Louisville, KY
• Embassy Suites Lubbock, Lubbock, TX
• Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach – Hotel & Resort, Oxnard, CA
• Embassy Suites McAllen Convention Center, McAllen, TX
• Embassy Suites Memphis, Memphis, TN
• Embassy Suites Miami- International Airport, Miami, FL
• Embassy Suites Milpitas-Silicon Valley, Milpitas, CA
• Homewood Suites by Hilton Henderson South Las Vegas, ,
• Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston – Woodlands, ,
• Homewood Suites by Hilton Irving-DFW Airport, ,
• Homewood Suites by Hilton Lansdale, ,
• Homewood Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City-Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK
• Homewood Suites By Hilton Phoenix Tempe ASU Area, Tempe, AZ
• Homewood Suites by Hilton West Palm Beach, ,
• Homewood Suites Calgary-Airport, Calgary, AB
• Embassy Suites Orlando-International Drive South/Co, Orlando, FL
• Embassy Suites Orlando-Int’l. Dr/Jamaican Crt, Orlando, FL
• Embassy Suites Orlando-North, Altamonte Springs, FL
• Embassy Suites Palm Desert, Palm Desert, CA
• Embassy Suites Palmdale, Palmdale, CA
• Embassy Suites Parsippany, Parsippany, NJ
• Embassy Suites Philadelphia – Valley Forge, Wayne, PA
• Embassy Suites Philadelphia-Airport, Philadelphia, PA
• Embassy Suites Philadelphia-Center City, Philadelphia, PA
• Embassy Suites Phoenix – North, Phoenix, AZ
• Homewood Suites Toronto Vaughan, Ontario, Ca, Vaughan, ON
• Homewood Suites Trophy Club Fort Worth North, Trophy Club, TX
• Homewood Suites Tucson/St. Philip’s Plaza University, Tucson, AZ
• Homewood Suites Tulsa-South, Broken Arrow, OK
• Homewood Suites Vancouver/Portland, Vancouver, WA
• Homewood Suites Victoria, Victoria, TX
• Homewood Suites Virginia Beach/Norfolk Airport, Virginia Beach, VA
• Homewood Suites Waco, Waco, TX
• Homewood Suites Wallingford/Meriden, Wallingford, CT
• Homewood Suites Warwick, Warwick, RI
• Embassy Suites Convention Center Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
• Embassy Suites Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
• Embassy Suites Crystal City-National Arpt, Arlington, VA
• Embassy Suites Dallas-DFW Airport North Outdoor Wo, Grapevine, TX
• Embassy Suites Denver-Int’l Airport, Denver, CO
• Embassy Suites Laredo, Laredo, TX
• Embassy Suites Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
• Embassy Suites Lexington, Lexington, KY
• Embassy Suites Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
• Embassy Suites Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
• Embassy Suites Lompoc-Central Coast, Lompoc, CA
• Embassy Suites Milwaukee Brookfield, Brookfield, WI
• Embassy Suites Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, MN
• Embassy Suites Minneapolis-North, Brooklyn Center, MN
• Embassy Suites Monterey Bay-Seaside, Seaside, CA
• Embassy Suites Montgomery Hotel & Conference Center, Montgomery, AL
• Embassy Suites Montreal, Montreal, QC
• Embassy Suites Murfreesboro – Hotel & Conference Ce, Murfreesboro, TN
• Embassy Suites Nashville – at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
• Embassy Suites Nashville-Airport, Nashville, TN
• Embassy Suites Nashville-South/Cool Springs, Franklin, TN
• Embassy Suites New Orleans-Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
• Embassy Suites Newark – Wilmington/South, Newark, DE
• Embassy Suites Newark Airport, Elizabeth, NJ
• Embassy Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview, Ontario, Ca, Niagara Falls, ON
• Embassy Suites North Charleston – Airport/Hotel & C, North Charleston, SC
• Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa & Conv, Rogers, AR
• Embassy Suites Oklahoma City-Will Rogers Arpt, Oklahoma City, OK
• Embassy Suites Omaha – Downtown/Old Market, Omaha, NE
• Embassy Suites Ontario – Airport, Ontario, CA
• Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista Resort, Orlando, FL
• Embassy Suites Orlando/Lake Buena Vista-South, Kissimmee, FL
• Embassy Suites Orlando-Airport, Orlando, FL
• Embassy Suites Orlando-Downtown, Orlando, FL
• Homewood Suites Minneapolis/St. Paul-New Brighton, New Brighton, MN
• Homewood Suites Minneapolis-Mall of America, Bloomington, MN
• Homewood Suites Mississauga, Ontario, Ca, Mississauga, ON
• Homewood Suites Moab, Moab, UT
• Homewood Suites Mobile Airport-University Area, Mobile, AL
• Homewood Suites Mobile-East Bay/Daphne, Daphne, AL
• Homewood Suites Mobile-East Bay/Daphne, Daphne, AL
• Homewood Suites Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Ca, Mt. Tremblant, QC
• Homewood Suites West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL
• Homewood Suites Wichita @ The Waterfront, Wichita, KS
• Homewood Suites Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA
• Homewood Suites Winnipeg Airport-Polo Park, Mani, Winnipeg, MB
• Homewood Suites Yuma, Yuma, AZ
• Home2 Suites Memphis-Southaven, Southaven, MS
• Home2 Suites Midland, Midland, TX
• Home2 Suites Milton, Ontario, Ca, Milton, ON
• Home2 Suites Milwaukee Airport, Milwaukee, WI
• Home2 Suites Minneapolis Bloomington, Bloomington, MN
• Home2 Suites Nashville Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
• Home2 Suites Nashville-Airport, Nashville, TN
• Home2 Suites New York Long Island City/Manhattan, Long Island City, NY
• Home2 Suites Oklahoma City Quail Springs, Oklahoma City, OK
• Home2 Suites Oklahoma City South, Oklahoma City, OK
• Home2 Suites Orlando/International Drive South, Orlando, FL
• Home2 Suites Oxford, Oxford, AL
• Home2 Suites Parc Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
• Home2 Suites Philadelphia- Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA
• Home2 Suites Pittsburgh Cranberry, Cranberry Township, PA
• Home2 Suites Pittsburgh/McCandless, Pittsburgh, PA
• Home2 Suites Rahway, Rahway, NJ
• Home2 Suites Rochester Henrietta, Rochester, NY
• Home2 Suites Roseville Minneapolis, Roseville, MN
• Homewood Suites Lafayette-Airport, Lafayette, LA
• Homewood Suites Lafayette-Rossville Exit, Lafayette, IN
• Homewood Suites Lake Buena Vista-Orlando, Orlando, FL
• Homewood Suites Lake Mary, Lake Mary, FL
• Homewood Suites Lancaster, Lancaster, CA
• Homewood Suites Lancaster, Lancaster, PA
• Homewood Suites Lansdale, Lansdale, PA
• Homewood Suites Laredo at the Mall del Norte, Laredo, TX
• Homewood Suites Las Vegas Airport, Las Vegas, NV
• Homewood Suites Lawton, Lawton, OK
• Homewood Suites Leesburg, Leesburg, VA
• Homewood Suites Lexington, Lexington, KY
• Homewood Suites Lexington/Hamburg, Lexington, KY
• Homewood Suites Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire, IL
• Homewood Suites Little Rock Downtown, Little Rock, AR
• Homewood Suites Montgomery, Montgomery, AL
• Homewood Suites Munster, Munster, IN
• Homewood Suites Nashville Franklin Cool Springs, Franklin, TN
• Homewood Suites Nashville Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
• Homewood Suites Nashville-Airport, Nashville, TN
• Homewood Suites Nashville-Brentwood, Brentwood, TN
• Homewood Suites Nashville-Downtown, Nashville, TN
• Homewood Suites New Orleans-Downtown (French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
• Homewood Suites New York/Midtown Manhattan Times Square, New York, NY
• Homewood Suites Newark, Newark, CA
• Homewood Suites Newark/Cranford, Cranford, NJ
• Homewood Suites Newark-Wilmington South Area, Newark, DE
• Homewood Suites Newburgh/Stewart Airport, New Windsor, NY
• Homewood Suites Newport Middletown, Middletown, RI
• Homewood Suites North Charleston/Airport, North Charleston, SC
• Homewood Suites North Houston/Spring, Spring, TX
• Homewood Suites Oakland-Waterfront, Oakland, CA
• Homewood Suites Ocala at Heath Brook, Ocala, FL
• Homewood Suites Odessa, Odessa, TX
• Homewood Suites Oklahoma City – Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK
• Homewood Suites Oklahoma City West, Oklahoma City, OK
• Homewood Suites Olmsted Village (Near Pinehur, Pinehurst, NC
• Homewood Suites Omaha/Downtown, Omaha, NE
• Home2 Suites San Angelo, San Angelo, TX
• Home2 Suites San Antonio Airport, San Antonio, TX
• Home2 Suites San Antonio Downtown – Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
• Home2 Suites Saratoga Malta, Malta, NY
• Home2 Suites Seattle Airport, Tukwila, WA
• Home2 Suites Sioux Falls/ Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD
• Home2 Suites St. Louis/Forest Park, St Louis, MO
• Home2 Suites Stillwater, Stillwater, OK
• Home2 Suites Tallahassee State Capitol, Tallahassee, FL
• Home2 Suites Tulsa Hills, Tulsa, OK
• Home2 Suites Tuscaloosa Downtown University Boule, Tuscaloosa, AL
• Home2 Suites Waco, Waco, TX
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• Homewood Suites Carlsbad-North San Diego County, Carlsbad, CA
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• Homewood Suites Chattanooga-Hamilton Place, Chattanooga, TN
• Homewood Suites Chesapeake/Greenbrier, Chesapeake, VA
• Homewood Suites Chester, Chester, VA
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• Home2 Suites Jackson/Ridgeland, Ridgeland, MS
• Home2 Suites Jacksonville, N, Jacksonville, NC
• Home2 Suites Knoxville West, Knoxville, TN
• Home2 Suites Lake City, Lake City, FL
• Home2 Suites Lehi/Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, UT
• Home2 Suites Lexington Park Patuxent River NAS, Lexington Park, MD
• Home2 Suites Lexington University / Medical Cente, Lexington, KY
• Home2 Suites Little Rock West, Little Rock, AR
• Home2 Suites Louisville East/Hurstbourne, Louisville, KY
• Home2 Suites Lubbock, Lubbock, TX
• Home2 Suites Denver/Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch, CO
• Home2 Suites Dover, Dover, DE
• Home2 Suites Downingtown Exton Route 30, Downingtown, PA
• Home2 Suites Durham Chapel Hill, Durham, NC
• Home2 Suites Edmond, Edmond, OK
• Home2 Suites Erie, Erie, PA
• Home2 Suites Fargo, Fargo, ND
• Home2 Suites Farmington/Bloomfield, Farmington, NM
• Home2 Suites Fayetteville, Fayetteville, NC
• Home2 Suites Florence, Florence, SC
• Home2 Suites Florida City, Florida City, FL
• Home2 Suites Fort Smith, Fort Smith, AR
• Home2 Suites Fort St. John, British Columbia, Ca, Fort St. John, BC
• Homewood Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL
• Homewood Suites Chicago-Downtown, Chicago, IL
• Home2 Suites Gainesville, Gainesville, FL
• Homewood Suites Falls Church – I-495 @ Rt. 50, Falls Church, VA
• Homewood Suites Farmington, Farmington, CT
• Homewood Suites Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR
• Homewood Suites Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN
• Homewood Suites Fort Worth at Fossil Creek, Fort Worth, TX
• Homewood Suites Fort Worth West at Cityview, Fort Worth, TX
• Homewood Suites Fort Worth-Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX
• Homewood Suites Fresno, Fresno, CA
• Homewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airport and Cruise P, Dania Beach, FL
• Homewood Suites Ft. Smith, Fort Smith, AR
• Homewood Suites Ft. Worth-Bedford, Bedford, TX
• Homewood Suites Gainesville, Gainesville, FL
• Homewood Suites Gateway Hills Nashua, Nashua, NH
• Homewood Suites Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI
• Homewood Suites Greeley, Greeley, CO
• Homewood Suites Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
• Homewood Suites Greenville, Greenville, SC
• Homewood Suites Hagerstown, Hagerstown, MD
• Homewood Suites Halifax-Downtown, Nova Scotia, Ca, Halifax, NS
• Homewood Suites Hamilton, Hamilton, NJ
• Homewood Suites Chicago-Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL
• Homewood Suites Christiansburg, Christiansburg, VA
• Homewood Suites Cincinnati, Sharonville, OH
• Homewood Suites Cincinnati – Downtown, Cincinnati, OH
• Homewood Suites Cincinnati Mason, Mason, OH
• Homewood Suites Cincinnati/Milford, Milford, OH
• Homewood Suites Cincinnati/West Chester, West Chester, OH
• Homewood Suites Cincinnati-Airport South (Florence), Florence, KY
• Homewood Suites Cleveland/Beachwood, Beachwood, OH
• Homewood Suites Cleveland/Sheffield, Sheffield Village, OH
• Homewood Suites Cleveland-Solon, Solon, OH
• Homewood Suites Clifton Park, Clifton Park, NY
• Homewood Suites College Station, College Station, TX
• Homewood Suites Colorado Springs Airport, Colorado Springs, CO
• Homewood Suites Colorado Springs-North, Colorado Springs, CO
• Homewood Suites Columbia, Columbia, MD
• Homewood Suites Columbia, Columbia, SC
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• Homewood Suites Harrisburg-West, Mechanicsburg, PA
• Homewood Suites Hartford, Hartford, CT
• Homewood Suites Hartford South-Glastonbury, Glastonbury, CT
• Homewood Suites Hartford/Windsor Locks, Windsor Locks, CT
• Homewood Suites Henderson/South Las Vegas, Henderson, NV
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• Homewood Suites Houston Downtown, Houston, TX
• Homewood Suites Houston/Stafford, Stafford, TX
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• Homewood Suites Houston-Northwest/CY-FAIR, Houston, TX
• Homewood Suites Houston-Westchase, Houston, TX
• Homewood Suites Houston-Willowbrook Mall, Houston, TX
• Homewood Suites Columbus/Hilliard, Hilliard, OH
• Homewood Suites Columbus/OSU, Columbus, OH
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• Homewood Suites Columbus-Airport, Columbus, OH
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• Homewood Suites Corpus Christi, Corpus Cristi, TX
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• Homewood Suites Covington, Covington, LA
• Homewood Suites Dallas – Park Central Area, Dallas, TX
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• Homewood Suites Dallas/Allen, Allen, TX
• Homewood Suites Dallas/Arlington, Arlington, TX
• Homewood Suites Dallas/Irving/Las Colinas, Irving, TX
• Homewood Suites Dallas/Lewisville, Lewisville, TX
• Homewood Suites Dallas/Park Central Area, Dallas, TX
• Homewood Suites Dallas-Market Center, Dallas, TX
• Homewood Suites Houston-Woodlands (Shenandoah), The Woodlands, TX
• Homewood Suites Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
• Homewood Suites Huntsville/Village of Providence, Huntsville, AL
• Homewood Suites Indianapolis Carmel, Carmel, IN
• Homewood Suites Indianapolis-Airport/Plainfield, Plainfield, IN
• Homewood Suites Indianapolis-Downtown, Indianapolis, IN
• Homewood Suites Indianapolis-Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN
• Homewood Suites Irving/DFW Airport, Irving, TX
• Homewood Suites Ithaca, Ithaca, NY
• Homewood Suites Jackson, Jackson, WY
• Homewood Suites Jackson-Ridgeland, Ridgeland, MS
• Homewood Suites Jacksonville Deerwood Park, Jacksonville, FL
• Homewood Suites Jacksonville-Downtown/Southbank, Jacksonville, FL
• Homewood Suites Jacksonville-South/St. Johns Ctr, Jacksonville, FL
• Homewood Suites Joplin, Joplin, MO
• Homewood Suites Kalamazoo/Portage, Portage, MI
• Homewood Suites Kansas City/Overland Park, Overland Park, KS
• Homewood Suites Kansas City-Airport, Kansas City, MO
• Homewood Suites Knoxville-West at Turkey Creek, Knoxville, TN
• Homewood Suites La Quinta, La Quinta, CA
• Homewood Suites Lackland AFB/Sea World, San Antonio, TX
• Homewood Suites London, Ontario, Ca, London, ON
• Homewood Suites Longview, Longview, TX
• Homewood Suites Louisville-East, Louisville, KY
• Homewood Suites Anaheim Resort – Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
• Homewood Suites Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
• Homewood Suites Ankeny, Ankeny, IA
• Homewood Suites Atlanta Airport North, Atlanta, GA
• Homewood Suites Atlanta/Alpharetta, Alpharetta, GA
• Homewood Suites Atlanta/Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
• Homewood Suites Atlanta-Galleria/Cumberland, Atlanta, GA
• Homewood Suites Atlanta-Midtown, Atlanta, GA
• Homewood Suites Atlanta-Peachtree Corners, Norcross, GA
• Homewood Suites Atlantic City/Egg Harbor Township, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
• Homewood Suites Augusta, Augusta, GA
• Embassy Suites Phoenix-Biltmore, Phoenix, AZ
• Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ
• Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe, Tempe, AZ
• Embassy Suites Piscataway-Somerset, Piscataway, NJ
• Embassy Suites Pittsburgh – Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA
• Embassy Suites Pittsburgh-Intl Airport, Coraopolis, PA
• Embassy Suites Portland, Portland, ME
• Embassy Suites Portland/Hillsboro, Hillsboro, OR
• Embassy Suites Portland-Airport, Portland, OR
• Embassy Suites Portland-Downtown, Portland, OR
• Embassy Suites Raleigh – Durham/Research Triangle, Cary, NC
• Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport/Brier Creek, Raleigh, NC
• Embassy Suites Richmond-The Commerce Center, Richmond, VA
• Homewood Suites Augusta, Augusta, ME
• Homewood Suites Austin/Airport Area South, Austin, TX
• Homewood Suites Austin/Round Rock, Round Rock, TX
• Homewood Suites Austin-Northwest, Austin, TX
• Homewood Suites Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
• Homewood Suites Baltimore-BWI Airport, Linthicum, MD
• Homewood Suites Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA
• Homewood Suites Beaumont, Beaumont, TX
• Homewood Suites Bel Air, Bel Air, MD
• Homewood Suites Bentonville/Rogers, Rogers, AR
• Homewood Suites Billings, Billings, MT
• Homewood Suites Binghamton/Vestal, Vestal, NY
• Homewood Suites Birmingham South-Inverness, Birmingham, AL
• Homewood Suites Birmingham-SW/Riverchase-Galleria, Hoover, AL
• Embassy Suites Sacramento-Riverfront Promenade, Sacramento, CA
• Embassy Suites San Antonio – International Airport, San Antonio, TX
• Embassy Suites San Antonio – NW I-10, San Antonio, TX
• Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk-Downtown, San Antonio, TX
• Embassy Suites San Diego Bay-Downtown, San Diego, CA
• Embassy Suites San Francisco-Airport-Waterfront, Burlingame, CA
• Embassy Suites San Juan – Hotel & Casino, Puerto, Carolina – San Juan, PR
• Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA
• Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel, Spa & Conference C, San Marcos, TX
• Embassy Suites San Rafael – Marin County, San Rafael, CA
• Embassy Suites Santa Ana-Orange Co. Arpt N., Santa Ana, CA
• Embassy Suites Savannah, Savannah, GA
• Homewood Suites Orlando-Maitland, Maitland, FL
• Homewood Suites Orlando-Nearest Universal Studios, Orlando, FL
• Homewood Suites Orlando-UCF Area, Orlando, FL
• Homewood Suites Oxnard/Camarillo, Oxnard, CA
• Homewood Suites Palm Desert, Palm Desert, CA
• Homewood Suites Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA
• Homewood Suites Pensacola-Arpt (Cordova Mall), Pensacola, FL
• Homewood Suites Philadelphia/Great Valley, Malvern, PA
• Homewood Suites Philadelphia/Mt. Laurel, Mount Laurel, NJ
• Homewood Suites Philadelphia-City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
• Homewood Suites Phoenix Airport South, Phoenix, AZ
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• Homewood Suites Phoenix/Chandler, Chandler, AZ
• Homewood Suites Phoenix/Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
• Homewood Suites Phoenix-Biltmore, Phoenix, AZ
• Homewood Suites Pittsburgh-Southpointe, Canonsburg, PA
• Homewood Suites Plano, Plano, TX
• Homewood Suites Plano-Richardson, Plano, TX
• Homewood Suites Portland, Scarborough, ME
• Homewood Suites Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH
• Homewood Suites Princeton, Princeton, NJ
• Homewood Suites Queretaro, Queretaro,
• Homewood Suites Raleigh/Cary, Cary, NC
• Homewood Suites Reno, Reno, NV
• Homewood Suites Richland, Richland, WA
• Homewood Suites Richmond-Airport, Sandston, VA
• Homewood Suites Richmond-Downtown, Richmond, VA
• Homewood Suites Richmond-West End, Glen Allen, VA
• Homewood Suites Rochester Mayo Clinic Area/ Saint Ma, Rochester, MN
• Homewood Suites Rochester/Greece, Rochester, NY
• Homewood Suites Rochester/Henrietta, Rochester, NY
• Homewood Suites Rock Springs, Rock Springs, WY
• Homewood Suites Sacramento Airport-Natomas, Sacramento, CA
• Homewood Suites Sacramento/Roseville, Roseville, CA
• Homewood Suites Salt Lake City-Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT
• Homewood Suites Salt Lake City-Midvale/Sandy, Midvale, UT
• Homewood Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport/Research Tria, Durham, NC
• Homewood Suites Reading, Reading, PA
• Homewood Suites San Antonio Airport, San Antonio, TX
• Homewood Suites San Antonio North, ,
• Homewood Suites San Antonio-Downtown/Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX
• Homewood Suites San Antonio-North, San Antonio, TX
• Homewood Suites San Antonio-Northwest, San Antonio, TX
• Homewood Suites San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA
• Homewood Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayside, San Diego, CA
• Homewood Suites San Diego Mission Valley/Zoo, San Diego, CA
• Homewood Suites San Francisco Airport-North, Brisbane, CA
• Homewood Suites San Jose-Airport, San Jose, CA
• Homewood Suites Santa Fe-North, Santa Fe, NM
• Homewood Suites Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
• Abae Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida
• Comfort Inn & Suites Shawinigan, Shawinigan, QC
• Fairmont St. Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland
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• Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Falls Church, Falls Church, VA
• Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, ,
• Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC
• Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lake Placid, NY

Girl Scouts Learn About the Importance of Hand Hygiene on Global Handwashing Day

dscf9517On Saturday, Oct. 15, we observed Global Handwashing Day by hosting a group of Girl Scouts at our Orlando facility for activities that were both educational and life-changing. Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective way to prevent diseases.

Clean the World is packaging 3,000 hygiene kits for U.S. residents affected by Hurricane Matthew using items donated by United Airlines. The repurposed items come from the airline’s international premium cabin amenity kits and help us fill a critical need for at-risk people. The Girl Scouts were a huge help as they assembled hundreds of the kits during their visit.

Scouts who weren’t working on the hygiene kit assembly line helped prepare damaged and empty shampoo bottles for recycling.

The girls also took part in a hand washing activity, during which they learned the importance of washing for 20 seconds before eating, and after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing, or shaking hands. They rubbed glitter on their hands to represent germs, and took turns washing to get rid of the “glitter germs.”

The scouts drew pictures of their hands before and after hand washing, and worked on designs for a special Clean the World Girl Scout badge. And to encourage those whose lives were disrupted by the hurricane, the girls wrote greeting cards for affected people in Haiti, the Bahamas, and Southeastern U.S. coastal areas.

Las Vegas Sands Builds 35,000 Hygiene Kits at The Venetian

On Saturday, Oct. 1, we were on-site for the 2016 Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Kit Build with Clean the World, where more than 500 volunteers assembled 35,000 hygiene kits! There was plenty of music, excitement, and fun. But most importantly, this event gave us the opportunity to serve those in need in Las Vegas with soap and hygiene products.

It was our third annual hygiene kit build with Las Vegas Sands and Sands Cares. One of our Clean the World team members had an experience during the event that really sums up why we are so committed to this mission. During the lunch break, our employee sat across from a young lady who said she is in foster care. She went on to say how good it made her feel when she received one of our hygiene kits.

We hear stories like that over and over. The fact is that it is impossible to know how important and valuable it is to have a bar of soap or a bottle of shampoo until you suddenly find yourself without. It is humbling to know that what started as a small project in a one-car garage seven years ago has grown into a movement that changes so many lives.

Thank you to Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Sands Cares for their amazing and unwavering support. We also want to thank the fantastic partner organizations in Las Vegas that distribute our hygiene kits on the front lines:

  • Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
  • HELP of Southern Nevada
  • The Shade Tree
  • St. Jude’s Ranch
  • Las Vegas Rescue Mission
  • USO Las Vegas
  • Care Complex
  • WestCare Nevada

Shipments of Clean the World Soap Help Hurricane Matthew Victims

UPDATED ON WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19

Late last week, we announced that recycled soap had shipped from Clean the World facilities in Orlando and Las Vegas to the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew. Now we are pleased to follow up with news about where those shipments are:

Haiti: More than 191,000 bars of soap have been shipped to Haiti and are being distributed to the hardest-hit areas in the country’s southern region. This includes over 21,000 soap bars being handed out in partnership with Direct Relief and 167,000 with My Neighbor’s Children. We expect to deliver another full container of soap to Haiti this week. The next shipment may contain up to a quarter million bars of soap.
The Bahamas: More than 41,000 soap bars arrived in The Bahamas on Sunday and are being distributed to the affected areas in partnership with the Salvation Army and a network of other aid groups.
 United States: We expect to deliver at least 3,000 hygiene kits this week to some of the locally affected areas as well in to the northeast coast of Florida, and the Carolinas.

These hygiene items will make a big difference as governments and residents struggle with the aftermath of the storm, and as cholera begins to spread again in Haiti. We will continue to send additional shipments in the coming weeks to meet the ongoing demand.

Our volunteer support has been tremendous, and we’re deeply grateful to everyone who helped make the efforts such a huge success. Although the urgent need for volunteers is waning, we still need financial support to help fund the shipping and distribution of the soap.

As Hurricane Matthew lashed at southern Haiti on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Clean the World was already making plans to ramp up soap production and packing. Standing water and poor hygiene are a recipe for the spread of bacterial diseases. So based on our experience in the island nation and what we heard from the global hygiene community, we were relatively certain there would be a cholera outbreak after the storm passed.

Even as Central Florida residents prepared for Matthew to pass near or across the Sunshine State, local volunteers began streaming into our Orlando facility. Our goal was to ship 400,000 soap bars to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and coastal areas of the Southeastern United States.

A week later, on Thursday, Oct. 13, we passed our goal and were closing in on a half-million soap bars packed and ready for shipment. We closed the week at 550,000 bars packed.

We were amazed by how fast that happened. Big thanks to the nearly 600 Orlando-area volunteers who showed up that first week. We also want to recognize our Clean the World team members who kept the production line running, the forklift moving, and the volunteers busy during those long 16-hour days.

But we aren’t finished yet! Clean the World still needs your financial support and volunteer help. Watch this blog, our Facebook page, and e-mail updates for more information on volunteer opportunities and fundraising programs.

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Packed up and ready to depart Clean the World’s loading dock. This truckload of soap was destined for Port Tampa Bay, and then on to Haiti.
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Central Florida volunteers packed these 30,000 soap bars, which were bound for the Bahamas.
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Departing for Fort Lauderdale, and then the Bahamas.
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Once our truck arrived in Fort Lauderdale, the soap was loaded into a shipping container with other relief supplies before setting sail for the Bahamas.

 

Hilton Launches Major Expansion of Industry’s Largest Soap Recycling Program to Help Communities in Need


1,370 Hotels Will Now Participate, Including All 750 Properties in Its All Suites Brands

Program Has Already Donated More Than Four Million Bars of Soap

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hilton_hand_washingMcLEAN, Va. – Oct. 11, 2016 – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced that all 750 properties across its All Suites brands will recycle discarded soap and amenity bottles and donate them to reduce hygiene-related illnesses for communities in need. Marking the first time in the industry this is required as a brand standard, it is a major expansion of what is already the industry’s largest soap recycling program that will now include 1,370 hotels participating across Hilton’s portfolio.

Hilton’s All Suites brands include Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton. They comprise nearly 15 percent of Hilton’s current portfolio and 29 percent of its pipeline, and the new brand standard will nearly double the number of hotels participating in the soap-recycling program.

Through its partnerships with Clean the World and other organizations, Hilton’s hotels have already collected more than one million pounds of partially-used soap, which have been recycled into more than four million new bars of soap. This process has also prevented more than 570 tons of waste going to landfills. In addition to supplying the soap, these organizations educate people about the importance of hygiene and handwashing.

Hilton President & CEO Christopher J. Nassetta visited a hospital yesterday to deliver recycled soap while in Guayaquil, Ecuador for SAHIC (South American Hotel Investment & Tourism Conference).

“As part of our mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, we are strongly committed to helping communities around the world through our Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy, including our industry-leading soap recycling program,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton. “Nearly two million children die every year from preventable hygiene-related illnesses, and simple handwashing could cut these rates by nearly 50 percent.”

Through the program, hotels’ partially-used soaps and amenities are shipped to Clean the World’s collection and recycling centers. There they are processed, remanufactured into new soap bars and prepared for distribution to homeless shelters, community centers and medical facilities in impoverished communities around the world.

“Across our All Suites portfolio, we are extremely proud to become the first three major hospitality brands to make soap recycling a brand standard when it goes into effect later this year,” said Bill Duncan, global head, All Suites brands. “We look forward to this commitment making a significant impact on this incredibly important cause.”

“The success of Clean the World hinges on the support of great partners like Hilton,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO, Clean the World. “This major expansion of Hilton’s soap recycling program will contribute to saving the lives of thousands of children every year.”

The All Suites brands will also invite their followers on social media to spotlight the positive impact handwashing can have on global health. Surrounding Global Handwashing Day on October 15, photos, videos and posts can be shared with the hashtags #SuiteSuds and #GlobalHandwashingDay. For more information on Hilton’s All Suites brands, visit EmbassySuites.com, HomewoodSuites.com and Home2Suites.com.

In addition to its soap recycling program, Hilton leads many other sustainability initiatives, including not allowing microbeads in any of its amenities globally. For more information about Hilton’s Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy, visit cr.hiltonworldwide.com.

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About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,700 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with over 775,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. For 97 years, Hilton has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where Hilton HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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 handwashing 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 35 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 100 countries. More information: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld.

CONTACT:
Astrid Egerton-Vernon
Hilton
astrid.egerton-vernon@hilton.com
+1.917.488.9599

Kristen Wells
Hilton
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+1.571.421.6655

 

A Note From Pastor Julio Brutus, Caribbean Director for Clean the World

Dear friends:

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Jeremie is one of the worst-hit towns. (Photo: AFP)

It is with a great deal of sadness and a broken heart that I must inform you of the status of our beloved nation of Haiti. Adding to the pain of this misery-stricken country, Hurricane Matthew made landfall near Les Anglais, Haiti Tuesday, October 4 at 7 a.m. This storm is the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Haiti since Cleo in 1964.

As many of you are already aware, this country has yet to recover from the earthquake back in 2010, which left a death toll estimated to be between 100,000 and 160,000. Soon after the earthquake of 2010 there was a cholera outbreak that affected the entire island killing thousands.

Following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew at this very moment, the death toll continues to rise. There has been a loss of communication and severe power outage across the areas affected, but there are a number of media outlets that are currently reporting the death toll to be approximately 800 people. Some 50 people were reported killed in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone. The nearby city of Jeremie saw 80 percent of its buildings leveled. In Sud province, 30,000 homes were destroyed. Most of the deaths in Haiti were in towns and fishing villages around the southern coast, with many killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers.

It is imperative for us to pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, especially those directly affected by Hurricane Matthew. In the aftermath of this storm I leave you with this scripture:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” – Matthew 25:35

Pastor Julio Brutus
Caribbean Director
Clean the World

Meet Your Customer Service Rep: Selina Johnson

img_6270You might have spoken with them already, but for those who haven’t had the chance to meet the wonderful individuals who make up Clean the World’s stellar Customer Service team, here’s your chance! We are spotlighting a team member each month to help you get to know the face on the opposite end of the phone (or computer).

Selina Johnson is Clean the World’s Customer Service Supervisor. She joined our Clean the World family in early 2016 and has made every day sunnier for the staff at the Orlando recycling facility. Selina heard about Clean the World through a family member, and that’s when she knew she had to join the team and make her mark in this Global Hygiene Revolution.

Selina’s attitude toward our mission is not only optimistic but positively contagious throughout the entire office. She encourages everyone to be their best and remember the reason we’re all here.

“I want people to know that Customer Service really is passionate about what we do,” Selina said. “A lot of times, people don’t know that we work seven days a week sometimes, or after hours. We do a lot to try and make sure that we accommodate not just our partners but the goal of our mission.”

Selina spends her days (and sometimes evenings) making sure we meet our partners’ needs, whether that be sending out shipping labels, replenishing soap bins, or fulfilling orders for posters and support materials. And always with a great attitude! Selina’s passion for helping others stems from her history of teaching and training.

Before her start at Clean the World, Selina worked as a restaurant manager for eight years, an in-school suspension teacher, and an Orange County (Florida) corrections officer.

“At some point or another, I’ve always coached or developed or trained,” she said. “So even though they’re different careers and professions, I’ve always been able to teach. That’s my passion.”

Selina applies her passion by helping and teaching others every day at Clean the World, and even outside of work. Recently, she began tutoring people all over the world who are looking to improve their English speaking skills. She speaks with most of them via Skype and gets to know her students and share things about American culture while helping them to achieve fluency in conversational English. Selina said, “You learn so much about different cultures.”

Interestingly enough, after hearing about Clean the World and the great things we do locally and globally for health and hygiene, one of Selina’s students is planning a trip to Orlando in a couple of months and plans to take her family to our recycling center for a fun day of volunteering. This type of engagement is truly the beauty of a global mission that brings people from all walks of life together for a common cause: saving lives with soap.

Selina believes in Clean the World’s mission and will do whatever she can to make sure our partners are satisfied and feel good about the impact they make.

“It’s very rewarding because you know there’s a beautiful end result. You know these kids are getting soap,” Selina said.

So next time you exchange a happy hello with Selina about our hospitality program, be sure to let her know what you’re pleased with or express any concerns you might have – she’s happy to help!

Saluting All Our Fabulous Hotel Room Attendants

International Housekeepers Week is every year during the second full week of September and is sponsored by IEHA. It is dedicated to recognizing the efforts of hard-working custodial staff members. This year we invited some hotel partners to brag about their room attendants.

Elan Hotel in Los Angeles

The team does an amazing job. They pride themselves on being part of the Greystone family of hotels. Blanca Gonzalez (first photo below) has been onboard since 2006 and has learned all of the trades of the job. She is currently our housekeeping supervisor and oversees the housekeeping team when Carlos is not on property.

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Bristol Hotel in San Diego

The Bristol housekeeping team members have been with the company for over 10 years. Two women, Dora Mendoza and Rosie Hernandez, have been with the company for 16 years. Every day they work with a smile and are full of energy.

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King George Hotel in San Francisco

Dieu Ly, the housekeeping room attendant at the King George Hotel in San Francisco, has been with the property since 1995! Dieu moved to San Francisco from South Vietnam and has made it her home. Right now she is learning yoga and spends her time reading anything about Buddha and meditation. Dieu has been at the hotel so long because she considers her co-workers to be her second family.

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Empress Hotel in La Jolla, California

General Manager Joel Majors of the Empress says, “It is because of our great team that we continue to get the good ratings on the Internet and many satisfied return guests. They all deserve a shout-out!”

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The Inn at Union Square in San Francisco

Each of the attendants cares deeply about the Inn and stuck with us through the massive job of renovating the bathrooms. Some of them went to work at sister properties during the renovation. However, they all wanted to come back to see the Inn full of life with happy guests once again.

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Hygiene Kits: A Holiday Gift for Your Community

avro_hygiene_kit_eventFootball season just started. Kids are back in school. And you finally had your first pumpkin latte of the year. So that means the holidays will be here before you can say “Black Friday.” As you plan your company’s holiday party, consider doing something a little different and including a give-back element with Clean the World’s Hygiene Kit Program.

Along with the eggnog, karaoke, and gift exchange, you and your colleagues can assemble hygiene kits in your office or at a holiday party. Completed packages go to a shelter, food pantry, or other support organization in your local community.

Clean the World provides the hygiene items, zipper bags, instructions on how to assemble the kits, and tips for running a successful event – all for a small administrative fee to cover supplies and shipping expenses. Options include both our standard kit, and a brand new children’s kit with special items for the little ones.

During the cold and flu season, we repeatedly hear how important it is to wash our hands regularly.

Unfortunately, that is easier said than done for some of our most vulnerable neighbors. People who are homeless or going through a financial crisis don’t always have access to soap and other hygiene products. However, your organization can help offer hope and health by building and donating hygiene kits to those who are at risk for hygiene-related illnesses.

For more information on hosting a hygiene kit event at your holiday party – or anytime – please contact us at sales@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com.

Kenya Soap In Schools Update

In late August, Clean the World Foundation Managing Director Sam Stephens visited our Soap in Schools program locations in Kenya to see what kind of progress we made after six months of full-time operation.

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A “train the trainers” refresher course on handwashing for school teachers in Machakos, Kenya.

We’re working across a network of 12 schools serving over 4,000 elementary-aged children in rural villages throughout the country. Our baseline study showed nearly 70 percent of the children suffered from some hygiene-related illness in the 30 days leading up to our launch in February. We implemented ongoing hand washing education classes and soap distribution to the targeted schools to ensure the youth had regular access to soap and proper hand washing facilities. After 90 days, we saw more than a 50 percent reduction in hygiene-related illnesses among the same population.

At the six-month mark, we’re happy to announce we have continued that level of improvement. In fact, incidences of hygiene-related illnesses are down roughly 60 percent among all 4,000 kids! And as a result, school attendance is up more than 50 percent, as the kids are healthier and able to attend school more regularly. This reduction in illness is an enormous impact on their health as well as their futures.

We’ll wrap up the initial pilot program in November and look forward to providing an update then. In the meantime, be sure to watch for updates on social media for this and our other Soap In Schools programs!

Handing out soap to teachers for their classrooms in Machakos, Kenya.
Handing out soap to teachers for their classrooms in Machakos, Kenya.

Soap In Schools Part II: Launching in Tanzania

Clean the World's Sam Stephens speaking with a community leader in Jendele, Tanzania.
Clean the World’s Sam Stephens (left) speaking with a community leader in Jendele, Tanzania.

Thanks to generous support from the Starwood Foundation, we have replicated the Soap In Schools Program in Tanzania. As in Kenya, we’re focusing on a network of schools, conducting a baseline study to understand local hygiene needs, and implementing programming to improve health and school attendance.

In Tanzania, we conducted a baseline assessment across 15 schools serving nearly 5,000 elementary aged youth in two rural communities. The studies showed that, in the previous 30 days, over 80 percent of all kids had experienced a hygiene-related illness. And as a result, chronic school absenteeism – defined as students missing more than four days of school a month – was nearly 50 percent.

Through a partnership with local schools, we’ve launched an ongoing handwashing education program designed to instill proper handwashing as a regular routine in the communities. We will make sure the kids understand how and why to wash their hands, and that they have access to the necessary hygiene supplies. With that support in place, we expect to see a considerable decrease in hygiene-related illnesses in the coming months.

As in Kenya, Clean the World will conduct thorough assessments of the program every 90 days. Stay tuned for an update on our progress in November!

Elementary kids observing a handwashing demonstration in Kisiauni, Tanzania.
Elementary kids observing a handwashing demonstration in Kisiauni, Tanzania.

Girl Scouts Bring Hope to Swaziland through Soap

Sisters Taylor and Samantha Lane of Fairfax County, Virginia, visited the African country of Swaziland this summer on a hygiene mission.

As part of Samantha’s Girl Scout Gold Award project last year, both sisters traveled with Clean the World to the Dominican Republic to help distribute soap and teach the importance of hand-washing and good dental hygiene to over 1,500 kids in disadvantaged communities. During that visit, the sisters learned how a little idea could grow into something big. As they said on a recent call with Clean the World, “It is a big world with lots to fix, but if we take a small chunk, we can make a difference. Don’t be afraid to start small; it can compound infinitely.”

Here in their words is the story of the Lane sisters’ recent trip to Swaziland. They volunteered at Project Canaan, a land-development project supported by the UPS Foundation.


By Taylor and Samantha Lane

IMG_0622Our goal for volunteering in Swaziland was to bring all we learned with Clean the World in the Dominican Republic in 2015 to a new part of the world. After that life-changing experience, neither one of us wanted to stop spreading the word about the importance of hygiene.

In Swaziland, our mission was to bring Clean the World’s message of “hope through soap” as part of our effort to advance United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 3, which is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Swaziland is a country that faces many challenges. The country has the highest HIV rate in the world, leaving many children HIV positive and orphaned because their parents die from the virus.

Swaziland also has the highest rate of Tuberculosis in the world. The combination of being co-infected with TB and HIV, as is common in Swaziland, leaves people at a high risk of mortality. Providing basic education on the importance of hygiene, including hand washing, can help prevent the spread of disease.

Knowing that, we traveled to Swaziland to help provide this type of education. Through community outreach, we taught Swazis about the importance of hygiene. Swaziland, like several other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, is also grappling with one of the worst droughts in history. Consequently, many Swazis have been unable to farm to sustain themselves. Hunger is a very real problem in communities across Swaziland, with 69 percent of the population living below the poverty line and most depending on international food programs to survive. Because good nutrition is essential to good health, we also went out into various communities to provide and Clean the World hygiene kits.

Women and girls do not have equal rights under the law in Swaziland and are therefore often hardest hit in terms of their access to food and medicine. Our whole experience in Swaziland was eye-opening regarding the suffering that exists and the basic inequalities that make life even harder for women and girls. That said, we both came away empowered in that we were able to engage, albeit in little ways when compared to the magnitude of the problems, to try to show that girls like us can help change the world for the better.

Clean the World was our inspiration for spreading the word about the power of soap to bring hope.

Taylor Lane graduated from George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia, this June and is headed to Dartmouth College this fall. Samantha Lane is a junior at James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia.

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AdvoCare ‘Ladies Alive’ Attendees Assemble 32,000 Hygiene Kits for Families in Need

advocareAdvoCare, a premier health and wellness company, recently donated more than 32,000 care packages to 11 women’s and homeless shelters after a series of Clean the World Hygiene Kit events. AdvoCare Independent Distributors assembled the kits in April during the company’s nationwide series of women-led events: Ladies Alive.

“No one should ever go without basic hygiene products. It is a privilege for us to partner with Clean the World and provide these items to people who are struggling to meet their family’s basic needs due to whatever their life circumstances may be,” said Allison Levy, executive vice president and chief legal officer.

Ladies Alive events inspire, encourage and empower women by providing tangible solutions for dealing with stresses related to poor health, a shortage of time and money, or simply a lost passion for life.

“There is a massive need for personal hygiene items among displaced, homeless, and underemployed women in the United States,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and executive director of Clean the World. “It’s an honor to team with AdvoCare on this project. We applaud the company’s commitment to social responsibility and its efforts to help women and families in need.”

More than 19,000 women registered for the events in nine cities: San Diego, Kansas City, Tacoma, Nashville, Columbus, Dallas, Philadelphia, Orlando and Rochester. AdvoCare distributed the kits to local shelters that provide help to victims of domestic violence or families on the verge of becoming homeless:

  • Homeless Families Foundations (Columbus)
  • Operation Breakthrough and Giving the Basics (Kansas City)
  • Nashville Rescue Mission (Nashville)
  • Becky’s House and San Diego Dream Center (San Diego)
  • Tacoma Rescue Mission • Homeless Veterans Service of Dallas (Dallas)
  • Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida (Orlando)
  • Families Forward Philadelphia
  • Women’s Shelter, Inc. (Rochester)

Marina Bay Sands Team Builds 20,000 Hygiene Kits

On July 28, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore hosted the first of four 2016 Clean the World hygiene kit builds taking place at Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) properties from July through December. Team members came together as part of the third annual Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Kit Build to assemble 20,000 hygiene kits for at-risk children in the Philippines.

By the end of the year, three more hygiene kit events will take place at Las Vegas Sands properties in Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, and Macao. Team members will build a total of 100,000 hygiene kits to improve the health and well-being of populations in need worldwide.

After the completion of this year’s builds, LVS properties will have packed 400,000 total hygiene kits over the past three years to support our mission to reduce hygiene-related illness through improved access to soap and other hygiene products.

(all photos courtesy of Marina Bay Sands)

Marina Bay Sands team members pumped up and ready to take on the challenge of packing 20,000 hygiene kits.
Marina Bay Sands team members pumped up and ready to take on the challenge of packing 20,000 hygiene kits.
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Team members raced to be the first to pack 500 kits. Session 1’s winning team from Finance closed the deal in 23.02 seconds!
Session 2's winning team from Culinary packed 500 kits in 17.30 seconds!
Session 2’s winning team from Culinary packed 500 kits in a blazing 17.30 seconds!
Teamwork and efficiency are the secrets to fast kit building.
Teamwork and efficiency are the secrets to fast kit building.
They did it! Team members from Marina Bay Sands successfully packed 20,000 kits as part of the Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Kit Build.
They did it! Team members from Marina Bay Sands successfully packed 20,000 kits as part of the Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Kit Build.

Neema Hospitality Embraces Conservation Efforts

Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg SW in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, owned and operated by Neema Hospitality.
Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg SW in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Discarded soap and bottled amenities left behind by guests at all Neema Hospitality hotels now have a second life thanks to the company’s partnership with Clean the World.

Founded as a family business in 1986, Neema Hospitality is a privately held owner/operator of limited-service hotels. Neema’s portfolio includes franchise licenses with Hilton, Intercontinental Hotel Group and Choice Hotels with brands such as Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn, and EconoLodge and Suites. The firm manages properties in multiple states including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland. It provides complete services including operations, sales and marketing, and revenue management.

“After visiting Costa Rica last summer and seeing all of the conservation efforts that take place in hotels there, I knew I had to come back and help make a difference with our properties. One of our properties found Clean the World through their partnership with Hilton and we decided to roll it out to all Neema Hospitality properties this year prior to Earth Day,” said Sandeep Thakrar, president of Neema Hospitality.

With over a quarter century of experience, Neema Hospitality continues to grow, partner, and create long standing fruitful relationships by developing its staff and employees and focusing on the needs of its customers.

Press Release: Hilton Worldwide, Guest Supply Provide Key Assistance Helping Clean the World With European Expansion

Collaboration Sets an Example for How Companies Can Work Together for Social Good

Just seven years after starting in a small Orlando garage, Clean the World has grown into a worldwide social enterprise with operations on three continents. The organization’s resources are primarily focused on recycling, soap distribution, and hygiene education. Therefore, international expansion would be impossible without the support of dedicated corporate partners, such as Hilton Worldwide and Guest Supply, a Sysco company.

When Clean the World made the move to launch a European operation last year, founder and CEO Shawn Seipler turned to those hospitality icons for advice, collaboration, and assistance.

“Since shortly after we founded Clean the World in 2009, Guest Supply has supported our mission with generous assistance across every area of the organization,” Seipler said. “And when it comes to hotel partners, we have more Hilton affiliates than any other hospitality flag – nearly one thousand Hilton properties. Both Hilton and Guest Supply have a deep commitment to our mission of saving lives through soap, and they reinforced their dedication to corporate social responsibility (CSR) when we approached them about our expansion into Europe.”

Seipler says the innovative three-way partnership between Hilton Worldwide, Guest Supply, and Clean the World not only helped his organization open up a new region, but it sets an example for how companies can work together for social good. “This relationship is the true definition of corporate social responsibility – this is what CSR looks like,” Seipler said. “Hilton and Guest Supply have set the bar high and provided a perfect example of how companies can come together with a social impact organization to drive social change and sustainability.”

That’s exactly what Hilton’s Max Verstraete wanted to accomplish. As Hilton Worldwide’s vice president of corporate responsibility and ADA compliance, he helps his company unite around global issues that connect business to society.

“We are building an integrated sustainability culture and creating programs that drive positive social impact,” Verstraete said. “Many of our employees are on the front lines working directly with collecting discarded soap and amenities for Clean the World. Now we are offering a deeper immersion experience by inviting team members to join us on a Clean the World soap distribution trip to Guatemala as part of our recognition initiative.”

Since 2009, Guest Supply has supported Clean the World’s mission with assistance in areas including logistics, soap donations, manufacturing consultation, sales and marketing support, and by contributing items for hygiene kits. Seipler says the ongoing assistance from Guest Supply is a testament to the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility.

“It is our goal at Guest Supply to help in making the life-saving efforts of Clean the World as successful and far-reaching as possible,” said Paul Xenis, president & COO of Guest Supply. “We have leveraged this sustainability program as a foundation to build a culture of social responsibility and we are proud to partner on this European expansion initiative.”

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 34 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 100 countries. More information: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld

About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,660 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with nearly 765,000 rooms in 102 countries and territories. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including exclusive member rates, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit http://news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About Guest Supply
Guest Supply, a Sysco company, has been the leading provider of hospitality products to the lodging industry for more than 35 years with more than 30,000 products sold in more than 25,000 well-known chains and independent properties around the globe. As the only global provider to the hotel and lodging industry, the company maintains relationships with leading hotels around the world. Manufacturing, distribution, and purchasing resources are strategically located in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, ensuring superior product selection and availability, as well as quick and efficient response to meet virtually every need. For more information, visit https://www.guestsupply.com.

Wings of Faith Ministries: Changing Lives With Soap

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Men at the Hope Center can get a shower, clean clothes and a warm meal. Most are homeless on the White Mountain Apache Reservation.

Earlier this year, Clean the World provided more than 5,000 recycled soap bars to Wings of Faith Ministries in Tustin, California. The soap was used to support Native Americans connected to the Thoreau Native Outreach, Hope Center, NAOMI House (Native American Outreach Mission), and Tolani Lake Youth Project.

The children at NAOMI House often arrive emotionally and physically traumatized. The staff provides them with basic hygiene and oral hygiene instructions. Soap from Clean the World Foundation not only gave physical relief to the children, but budgetary relief to the facility because they were able to redirect funds that otherwise would have been used to buy hygiene supplies.

At the Hope Center, Clean the World soap helps homeless people who receive a shower, clean clothes, and a warm meal. The staff has noticed an improvement in self-esteem and overall well being when the homeless have an opportunity to get clean, refreshed, and fed. This is a unique opportunity for those who live in a fairly hostile wilderness environment.

Kids at the Tolani Lake Youth Project are encouraged to practice good hygiene habits after sports activities, and they receive hygiene products to take home when supplies allow. Clean the World soap filled a vital need for these young people.

Global Health Events Elevate Clean the World Foundation in WASH Sector

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Delegates attend the 69th World Health Assembly at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva.

In May, Clean the World Foundation was delighted to participate in two important events in the global health community.

First, we attended the WASH Futures conference in Brisbane, Australia, with some of the most innovative organizations and leaders in the WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) sector. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about pressing issues and needs around the world, tools and tactics being used to make a difference, and successes various groups are having in their respective fields.

Clean the World Foundation shared critical updates from our work in the hygiene space, particularly our new approach on outcome-based programs such as our Soap in Schools Program in Kenya.

The conference also provided a great opportunity to identify new and innovative ways to partner with other WASH organizations. Look for new endeavors to launch soon, including projects that include nutrition and maternal health in developing communities around the world.

Following on the success of the WASH Futures conference, we attended the World Health Assembly, the annual gathering of global health leaders at the World Health Organization in Switzerland. This weeklong conference tracks progress toward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), identifies emerging issues the global health community needs to address, and highlights programs and partnerships that are making a measurable difference for some of the world’s most pressing health concerns.

We were excited to network with other leading global health organizations, working to identify new potential partnership and program opportunities globally while also sharing success stories from our work in the hygiene field.

These events are important for us, not only to learn best practices in the field and identify potential new programs and partnerships, but also to raise awareness of the impactful work Clean the World Foundation does around the world. Our goal is to continue developing our position as a global leader in the hygiene sector. Awareness and recognition at world-class gatherings such as these are big steps in the right direction.

We’ll keep you posted on other events we attend in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, thanks so much for your support of our impactful work here at home and around the world.

Kenya Program Reduces Illness Among Students

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Students receiving hygiene education and soap.

In March, Clean the World launched our “Soap in Schools” program in Kenya with the support of Starwood Foundation. During the nine-month hygiene education program, we provide soap and hygiene education to more than 4,000 primary school children who live in extreme poverty.

The program started in February with a baseline study of students in 12 schools. We discovered that nearly 70 percent had been sick with a hygiene-related illness in the previous month – and nearly 40 percent missed a week of school or more as a result. After that study, we designed various interventions to implement in elementary and middle school classrooms for the targeted group of students. Teachers and school nurses distribute soap to the children, make sure soap is available at hand washing stations at the schools, and teach proper hand washing skills every few weeks to help kids remember why it is so important.

We conducted the first 90-day assessment at the end of May, and we see considerable progress. There was a 58 percent reduction in hygiene-related illnesses among those 4,000 students – a huge decrease in such a short period! This success is due to the ongoing hand washing education and enforcement, and the constant availability of soap in the schools.

We are thrilled with the outcomes so far. Our next assessment will take place in August, and will share those results with you as soon as we have them. In the meantime, we are about to launch the same Soap in Schools program in Tanzania. Stay tuned for more information on the baseline results and program outcomes.

Press Release: Going Green for the Hospitality Industry Just Got Easier

Clean the World and The Super Recyclers, a winning partnership for hotels wanting to reduce their environmental footprint

Montréal, June 13th, 2016—Two innovative recycling teams have joined forces to offer hotels in Canada an easy way to go green. As a team, Clean the World and The Super Recyclers are helping this hospitality service reduce their environmental footprint and at the same time give back to those in need.

“We recuperate all of the soap and amenities, such as shampoo, conditioner and hand lotion, that is left behind by the customers,” says Pierre Daigneault, Chief Sustainability officer at Clean the World (CTW). “CTW then recycles these into new commercial quality products. For example, last year, we produced approximately four million new bars of soap from the used soap we collected. The new products are distributed to people in need in Canada and around the globe. It seems simple but it is a highly logistical operation since we have about 4,000 hotels participating in our program. And it is growing every day.”

So it made sense to Daigneault when he was recently introduced to Marie-Claude Guérin, founder and president of The Super Recyclers—a newly formed Montreal business that collects and recycles fabrics that are no longer used—that they join forces.

“Once collected, the used clothes and textiles get sorted and transformed accordingly and a percentage of the profit is given back in order to finance social projects,” explains Marie-Claude Guérin.

“To begin, we will offer this joint service to our hotels in Canada (more than 20,000 rooms) with whom we currently partner,” says Daigneault. “Eventually, I see this service being offered around the world to all of our hotel partners.”

The process for the hotels is simple: they are provided bins where they dispose of the recyclable items and then the bins are collected. “We have agreements with most of the big flag hotels says Daigneault. “Because we have offices in Orlando, Las Vegas, Canada, Europe and Asia, we are able to fulfill needs worldwide.”

“We are very happy to be teaming up with Clean the World on this initiative,” says Marie-Claude Guérin, president of The Super Recyclers. “Together, we want to offer hotels the peace of mind of going green effortlessly.”

According to Daigneault, the merger is one of a kind. “This is a trend—a shift of thinking in the hotel business,” he says. “The hospitality industry is now more conscious than ever about its impact on the environment. So we offered one solution and we now offer two. We have no doubt it’s the way of the future.”

About The Super Recyclers

The Super Recyclers, a business launched in 2015, aims at fulfilling the needs of the community by mobilizing citizens around an environmentally responsible movement and raising awareness of the benefits of recycling. Every one of our used clothing and fabrics (torn, stained or in good condition) drives help finance a social project that improves the lives of our citizens, according to the total weight of the collected linens. The lot is sorted, then transformed, shredded or redistributed. The Super Recyclers invite the community to a more socially responsible approach, both environmentally and economically. www.SuperRecycleurs.com

About Clean the World—Canada
Clean the World has a three-part mission: Collect and recycle soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry and other sectors that generate environmental waste; prevent hygiene-related illnesses through the distribution of these and other donated products to people in need; and finally, to become the sustainability solution for the hospitality industry by providing expertise and services to our network. www.CleanTheWorld.org

For more info:

Marie-Claude Guérin
President
Super Recyclers
Tel. : 514-813-3861
Email: mcguerin@SuperRecycleurs.com

Pierre Daigneault
Chief Sustainability officer
Clean The World Canada
Tel. : 514-688-9236
Email: pdaigneault@CleanTheWorld.org

Green Lodging News, Greenview Go ‘Live’ With Green Lodging Survey

greensurveylogo555With the support of Clean the World and Green Key Global, and the sponsorship of Aquawing Ozone Laundry Systems, Green Lodging News and Greenview have launched the world’s premier Green Lodging Survey.

You can access the survey by clicking here.

Tens of thousands of green lodging establishments around the planet are encouraged to benchmark their sustainability practices by completing this survey.

The Green Lodging Survey is the lodging industry’s annual exercise to assess and catalyze green innovation, best practices, and awareness regarding the state of sustainability across hotels worldwide. The Green Lodging Survey is powered by Greenview, a leader in advancing hotel sustainability, and managed by Green Lodging News, lodging’s leading environmental news source.

The Survey: The survey consists of about 100 easy-to-complete questions covering the latest in operational practices, facility attributes, and outreach programs to conserve resources, reduce carbon emissions, increase guest experience, and make positive community impact. There is no cost to participate in the Green Lodging Survey. Hotels and B&Bs participate by responding to the survey via the online portal platform where work can be saved and answers easily can be updated for the next year’s survey.

The Trends Report: After the close of the survey, a Trends Report will be produced that will analyze the results with general trends and highlight exemplary practices and innovations that stand out, serving as a guidepost for the industry and especially the survey participants.

The Benchmarking Report: For survey participants, a compare report will be prepared, confidential to each participant, to serve as a yardstick for a property to understand the status of each specific practice within the general participant universe.

For sponsorship information, click here. You may also contact Glenn Hasek, Publisher & Editor of Green Lodging News, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at editor@greenlodgingnews.com. For technical assistance, contact Eric Ricaurte, Principal, Greenview, at (202) 470-1094, or eric@greenview.sg.

Paint BeCAUSE by Let’s Gogh Art Central Florida to Benefit Clean the World and Pulse Employees

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Paint BeCAUSE by Let’s Gogh Art Central Florida to Benefitting Clean the World and Pulse

We will be relaxing and painting together with guided instruction hosted by Let’s Gogh Art Central Florida. Bring your friends and family because a portion of the proceeds from this Paint BeCAUSE event will benefit Clean the World and Pulse Nightclub employees.

Food will be provided by Apple Spice Junction Orlando and drinks will be available to purchase at the bar. Reserve your seat for $40.
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Laura Schwartz, Clean the World, Asembia, Wynn Las Vegas Team Up for Lifesaving Recycling Program

As an active Clean the World board member, professional speaker Laura Schwartz was especially proud to emcee the Asembia 2016 Specialty Pharmacy Summit at the fabulous Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. Wynn has been a Clean the World partner since 2011, with contributing properties in both Las Vegas and Macau.

There were 12,000 Asembia “heads in beds” throughout the conference, resulting in:

  • 2,364 pounds of discarded soap recycled from rooms
  • With the addition of plastic amenity bottles, the program diverted a total of 4,140 pounds of waste from southern Nevada landfills
  • Clean the World will manufacture 12,624 new bars of recycled soap that will benefit at-risk people

“I was so excited to emcee such a prestigious summit for Asembia at the Wynn, which is not only a fabulous venue but a socially responsible one,” Laura said. “You could really see their pride for the partnership as well as their company.”

The top two killers of children worldwide are pneumonia and diarrheal disease. Introducing young children to soap and information about how and when to use it helps exponentially in cognitive development. Clean the World combats this issue with a variety of programs, including cooperative agreements such as this one with Asembia and Wynn.

Laura’s meeting with the Wynn Housekeeping staff during their training was in celebration of this remarkable achievement, as well as many others.

“I was so happy to represent Clean the World while visiting the Wynn Las Vegas housekeeping managers and staff training,” she said. “It was a great way to celebrate the Asembia Specialty Pharmacy Summit.”

Earth Day: The Perfect Day to Launch the Green Lodging Survey

Clean the World is excited to announce our support of the world’s premier Green Lodging Survey. Read all about it in this guest post from Glenn Hasek, publisher and editor of Green Lodging News.


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Set to launch in June (watch for it!), the Green Lodging Survey is being produced by Green Lodging News in partnership with Greenview and also has the support of Green Key Global. Green Lodging News is the lodging industry’s leading environmental news source, consisting of a website and weekly e-mail newsletter and Green Supplier Spotlight e-blast. Greenview has helped launch several innovative industry initiatives including the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative, the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking study, the Hotel Footprinting Tool, the Green Venue Report, and the UNWTO’s sustainable cruise development strategies for South-East Asia.

In June and months following hoteliers and innkeepers will be asked to complete the online survey that will consist of about 75 questions covering topics ranging from indoor air quality to energy management to procurement. The intent of the survey is not only to cover the best practices you are familiar with but to also uncover innovative new green products, technologies, and steps seen nowhere else that hoteliers are taking to reduce their impact while increasing profitability. The survey will be produced in the coming weeks. A trends report will be produced in the fall. It will provide analysis of the survey findings and highlight exemplary practices and innovations that stand out. For survey participants, a compare report will be prepared, confidential to each participant, to serve as a yardstick for a hotel to understand the status of each specific practice within the general participant universe. If you have a question or questions you believe should appear in the survey, contact me at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

The survey, intended to be repeated annually, will only be a success if you participate and encourage as many other people to participate as well. Watch for additional updates in this newsletter and in Green Lodging News.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Brand Helps Save Lives Through Partnership with Clean the World

Holiday Inn Club Vacations and Clean the World partner to recycle soap at resort facilities around the country

ORLANDO, FLA (PRWEB) APRIL 07, 2016

The Holiday Inn Club Vacations® brand, developed and exclusively operated by Orange Lake Holdings, announced today a partnership with Clean The World to recycle partially-used soaps and bottled hygiene products from its resorts. This new partnership continues the company’s sustainability efforts through IHG Green Engage™ program, which sets standards to reduce the impact its properties have on the environment. An estimated five tons of waste a year will be diverted from local landfills.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations and Clean the World partner to save lives. L-R Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler and Holiday Inn Club Vacations CEO Don Harrill.

Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills in North America, Asia and Europe. Soap collected from hotels goes through a sterilization and recycling process while being re-manufactured into new soap bars. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 31 million bars of recycled soap in 100 countries.

“Clean the World is one of the most respected and highly recognized hospitality sustainability programs in our industry, saving thousands of lives every year through their soap recycling and distribution program,” said Don Harrill, CEO of Holiday Inn Club Vacations. “We are proud to partner with them as part of our long-term sustainability efforts to reduce and recycle at our Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts. This is an important way to positively affect change across our growing network and within the communities where these much-needed products are delivered.”

Orange Lake Holdings, through the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand, currently operates 16 resorts across the United States and another ten resorts acquired in May 2015.

On average, more than 5,000 children die every day from hygiene-related illnesses, primarily pneumonia and diarrheal disease, which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. That number has dropped by 30 percent since Clean the World started providing recycled soap and hygiene education in developing regions seven years ago.

“We are making hand washing a lifelong habit for people who either don’t have access to soap or don’t come from a hand washing culture,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “This partnership with the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand is so important for Clean the World because it provides support for our work around the world, including vital new hygiene programs being developed right now in Kenya and Tanzania.”

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About Orange Lake Holdings, LLP
Orange Lake Holdings is the parent company of Orange Lake Resorts and Silverleaf Resorts, encompassing 26 resorts and 7,200 villas in the U.S., with over 320,000 timeshare owners and 6,000 employees.

Orange Lake Resorts, a leader within the vacation ownership industry with more than three decades of proven success, operates the Holiday Inn Club Vacations® brand. It was created in 2008 through a strategic alliance with IHG®(InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies. The Holiday Inn Club Vacations flagship property in Orlando, Fla., located next to the Walt Disney World® Resort, was established in 1982 by Holiday Inn® brand founder Kemmons Wilson. The brand operates 16 resorts across 11 states. For more information on Holiday Inn Club Vacations or to book reservations, visit hiclubvacations.com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/hiclubvacations or Twitter at twitter.com/hiclubvacations.

Silverleaf Resorts is a growing vacation ownership company that has provided getaway and destination resort experiences since 1989. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the company operates 10 resorts in three states across the eastern half of the U.S.

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. Clean the World operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas and Hong Kong, and leads a “Global Hygiene Revolution” to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 4,000 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, more than 30 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 100 countries. Through its “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information: CleanTheWorld.org

Media Contact:
Brian Martin
Holiday Inn Club Vacations
407.395.6925
brmartin(at)orangelake.com

‘Soap in Schools’ Program Launches in Kenya

Thanks to the generous support of the Starwood Foundation, Clean the World recently launched a nine-month hygiene education program in a network of 12 schools across Kenya. The program serves more than 4,000 primary school children who live in extreme poverty in either urban slums or rural villages.

Clean the World managing director Sam Stephens with Kenyan students.
Clean the World managing director Sam Stephens with Kenyan students.

Unlike most of our international work, which we conduct through existing programs operated by other NGO partners, the Soap in Schools program is different. This time, we’ve designed and launched the program ourselves, and will engage other partners as necessary to accomplish our goals. The first steps were to identify the target population, conduct a baseline study to determine the “starting point” for measuring success going forward, design the hygiene education program to be implemented in schools, and train teachers to implement the programming.

Sam Stephens, managing director of Clean the World Foundation, traveled to Kenya in early March to conduct the baseline study and teacher training. Since then and through the end of 2016, ongoing hand-washing classes will teach the children how, when, and why to wash their hands – while also providing them, their families, and their schools with Clean the World soap.

The results of the baseline study showed an even greater need than we expected:

• Nearly 70 percent of the children suffered from a hygiene-related illness (diarrhea or pneumonia) in the previous month
• 80 percent had a hygiene-related skin infection during that time
• Nearly 40 percent had missed four or more days of school in the previous month as a result of these conditions

Our goal is to make these kids healthier and, therefore, help them attend school more often so they can receive the education they need to break the cycle of poverty.

Now that our hand-washing education and soap distribution are underway, we should see these problems getting much better in the coming weeks and months. We will measure our impact and progress every 90 days, so expect an update in June.

This outreach in Kenya is the first of many new Clean the World programs. We are about to launch a similar program in Tanzania. It’s a very exciting development, and it marks a big step forward in our mission to eradicate the top two killers of children globally.

Univision News Airs Special Series on Clean the World

In February, Univision TV affiliates in Orlando and Tampa ran a two-part feature report on Clean the World during the “Noticias Univision Florida Central” newscast. After airing first in Central Florida, the series was released to other Univision affiliates around the country. Anchor / Reporter Samuel Rivera did a great job telling our story, and he plans to submit the piece for an Emmy Award.

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Honeywell Employees Assemble 2,000 Hygiene Kits for Homeless Kids

Honeywell employees at a recent conference in Scottsdale, Arizona took a CSR break and assembled 2,000 hygiene kits for homeless kids in the Phoenix area. The kits went to the Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, which helps young people between the ages of 12 and 25 who are homeless or escaping from abusive situations.

Tumbleweed chief communications officer Ken Lynch spoke to the Honeywell team. In his moving talk, Ken described how the youth arrive on site desperate for a meal and a chance to shower and get clean. Only then do they begin feel relaxed, safe, and cared for.

Big thanks to the folks at Honeywell for supporting a great organization. If you want to schedule a similar event for your next company meeting or conference, please fill out this brief form and a Clean the World representative will contact you with more information.

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Program Studies Effect of Hand-Washing Education Among At-Risk Children in Kenya

We keep our kids home from school if they have a fever, an upset stomach, or the flu. Sometimes we even declare it a sick day if the tyke has the sniffles or a little cough.

Why?

There are a variety of reasons, but near the top of the list is the idea that we don’t want it to get any worse. Intuitively, most parents know a child is better off resting at home for a day or two than having something like a simple upper respiratory infection turn into pneumonia. Because if that common cold becomes something worse, then it might mean a week or more at home on the couch instead of in the classroom. An occasional sick day is far better than being out for an extended period.

But what if those “minor illnesses” weren’t occasional? What if your daughter or son was on an illness roller coaster with viral and bacterial infections coming and going on a regular basis? That down time can be a major hindrance to educational success.

Those excessive sick days are a problem in many developing countries, including Kenya. According to a report from Susan T. Njau of Kenya’s Ministry of Education, hygiene-related illnesses affect education in the country at a staggering rate. One-quarter of Kenyan student absenteeism is due to abdominal pains, which are likely a result of intestinal helminths infections. Also, older children may miss school to look after siblings sick with helminths infections.

At Clean the World, we know long-term solutions require improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs in at-risk communities. That’s why we recently launched a year-long pilot program in Kenya that will serve as a model as we roll out to other locations around the world.

Soap in Schools

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Soap distribution during a previous trip to Kibera.

To implement the inaugural Soap in Schools program, Clean the World teamed up with Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD). We have a history of cooperative soap distribution with HHRD, having worked with them in Pakistan, Tanzania, and Somalia.

In this new program, we take things to the next level by providing soap and hygiene education to more than 4,000 children in 12 communities in central and northern Kenya. Together, we will measure the effect of ongoing hand-washing education and soap supplies on two specific indicators:

  • The incidence of hygiene-related illnesses, specifically diarrheal disease and pneumonia
  • School attendance, which we hope will increase as children get healthier

Right now we are conducting a baseline study in these Kenyan communities to determine how often children in the study group get sick and how much school they miss due to illness. After completing the baseline study, we will work with HHRD to provide the students with soap and continuing hand-washing education. Then we will conduct the same survey with the same group of kids every 90 days for the rest of the year to see if illness decreases and school attendance increases.

Intervention Evaluation

One of the great things about a study of this magnitude is that it allows us to test a few types of intervention. With 4,000+ students across a dozen or more communities, we can experiment with age groups, the frequency of hygiene education, and time of day to see what combination is most effective.

Is it more beneficial to spend 30 minutes twice a week with a group of kindergartners, or an hour once a week?

We don’t know yet. But by the time we finish collecting data and crunching numbers in early 2017, we will have the answer for you.

The Kenya program will also give us some insight into whether or not hand-washing education is more effective in urban areas vs. rural communities. About half our study locations are in Kibera, which is the largest slum in Nairobi, and the largest urban slum in Africa. Despite extreme poverty, poor sanitation, and confined spaces, residents of Kibera benefit from their location in some ways because they have access to clinics and other public services.

The other evaluation groups will be in rural areas where some of the residents are pastoralists and tend to be more tribal. While they may not have access to many of the services available in cities, they have a higher quality of life and live in less extreme conditions.

Although our first Soap in Schools program in Kenya will run for nearly a full year, you won’t have to wait that long to find out how things are going. We will provide frequent updates here on this blog and in our newsletter. Be sure to subscribe now if you don’t already receive the newsletter.

Case Study: Family’s Health Improves Dramatically With Soap and Hygiene Education

ruthDid you know that diarrhea and pneumonia are the leading causes of death among children in the developing world? Combined, they claim the lives of nearly 6,000 kids every day – more than AIDS, malaria, and TB combined.

Fortunately, there is a simple “vaccine.” Hand washing with soap is the most efficient way to prevent those deaths and can cut death rates in half. Through the Global Soap & Hygiene Initiative, a Clean the World cause, we focus on getting soap and hygiene education to those who lack access to it. In the past six years, we’ve distributed more than 30 million bars of soap to millions of people in 100 countries.

One person who received our soap is Ruth, a young mother living in rural Malawi. When we started working with Ruth, we learned that although she was familiar with soap, her family wasn’t buying it or using it. Like so many people living in poverty, Ruth had never been taught why soap and proper hygiene are so important for maintaining good health.

As a result, Ruth and her children were sick quite frequently. Several family members and neighbors had died from hygiene-related diseases. Ruth’s kids were falling behind in school and were about to drop out, and she was often unable to work and earn money to keep her family fed and nourished.

That changed when Ruth started participating in one of our projects, where she attended a local clinic each month with other parents to receive a free bar of soap and hygiene education. After nine months of participating in the program and using soap regularly, Ruth and her family no longer get sick. Better still, she and the other parents in the program see the value of soap and are buying it for themselves regularly as an investment in the health of their children.

To us, that’s success.

Global Health Starts at Home

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Guest Post by Julie Potyraj

Clean the World is one of a dozen groups working to promote WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) programs globally. However, it is among a smaller number of organizations starting to do this on a community and household level. Why? Because global change is anchored in community efforts. Improvements in infrastructure and policy begin with changes in the beliefs and behaviors of individuals. Programs at a local level are integral in laying a strong foundation for global public health achievements.

Global Importance of WASH Programs

WASH programs are a key strategy in achieving several of the United Nations Millennium Achievement Goals. Specifically, WASH programs aid in the reduction of child mortality, improve maternal health, help to combat disease, and increase environmental sustainability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extensively noted the health effects of poor water sanitation and hygiene practices. Currently, 780 million people do not have access to an improved water source and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. Nearly 88 percent of deaths from diarrheal diseases can be traced back to a combination of unsafe drinking water, unsanitary conditions, and a general lack of water for hygiene purposes. WASH Programs could ostensibly prevent 9.1 percent of the global disease burden and as much as 6.3 percent of all deaths.

Risk to Children

Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of poor sanitation and hygiene. According to the World Health Organization, WASH programs can improve children’s nutritional status by preventing diarrheal diseases, intestinal parasites, and environmental enteropathy. Specifically, improved WASH resources could prevent as much as 361,000 (58 percent) of total deaths attributed to diarrhea in children under the age of 5. This is an incredible number considering that the CDC claims that around 801,000 children in this age group die each year from these causes. This represents 11 percent of the children younger than 5 who die each year.

Community-Based Prevention Programs

WASH programs have shown to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of those affected. In terms of reducing just diarrheal deaths, better water sources (21 percent), better sanitation (37.5 percent), improved drinking water quality (45 percent), and hand-washing (35 percent) have significant impacts. Expanding the reach of WASH programs requires a multi-pronged approach, including community-based interventions like soap distribution as well as demonstrations in hand-washing, safe household water management, and food preparation. According to US AID’s Maternal and Child Survival Program, “Hand-washing is the single most cost-effective intervention to prevent pneumonia and diarrhea in children, and reduces infections in mothers and children during pregnancy and childbirth.” If these programs have sufficient resources and are conducted with respect to the community, they have been shown to positively affect health in these communities.

Small Changes, Global Impact

Improved hygiene and sanitation practices are ultimately about changes in beliefs as well as behaviors of individuals. Workers are needed on the ground to provide demonstrations and positive reinforcement along with creating hand-washing stations and supplying soap, which reinforce the taught behaviors. Community- and household-level interventions are necessary to identify barriers as well as possible enablers to WASH behaviors in the home. Community-level workers are able to troubleshoot specific action steps for a given household or community to promote desired WASH techniques in the long term.

Supplies needed for these ventures are easily manufactured locally, which makes such community-based programs sustainable and cost-effective. As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats every day.” Organizations like Clean the World provide resources in addition to building skills, habits, and infrastructure from the ground up. Individuals are able to learn a set of skills that can have a lasting impact on their health as well as the health of their families and community. Once enough of these local-level actions take root, that’s when we will start to see global change.


Julie Potyraj is the community manager for MPH@GW, the online master of public health program offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. For several years, she served as a community development specialist in Zambia coordinating youth empowerment programs and reproductive health education. She is currently an MPH@GW student focusing on global health and health communications.

Clean the World to be Featured on Univision News in Orlando and Tampa

Noticias Univision Florida CentralOn Monday, Feb. 8, and Tuesday, Feb. 9, Univision affiliates in Orlando and Tampa will air a two-part feature report on Clean the World during the 6 p.m. “Noticias Univision Florida Central” newscast. Viewers can watch the feature on either WVEN-Channel 26 in Orlando, or WVEA-Channel 62 in Tampa.

Emmy-winning news anchor Samuel Rivera recently visited Clean the World to learn more about the social enterprise. In the report, founder Shawn Seipler describes Clean the World’s mission and how it has contributed to a 30 percent reduction in pre-adolescent deaths since 2009.

Samuel learned about Clean the World in December when he attended the 18th Annual Don Quijote Awards in Orlando. Shawn received the Excellence Award that night and gave an overview of our organization after accepting the award.

Please be sure to tune in or set your DVR if you live in the area.

Guest Supply: An Invaluable Partner and Model of Corporate Social Responsibility

guest_supply_logoSomething we realized early on at Clean the World is that there was no book out there explaining exactly how to operate a social enterprise focused on international soap recycling and hygiene education. We discovered a lot of things by trial and error. And one of the things we learned early on was the importance of forming great partnerships.

Such as our affiliation with Guest Supply.

Since shortly after we founded Clean the World in 2009, Guest Supply has supported our mission with generous assistance across every area of the organization:

  • Much-needed recovery and distribution logistics for discarded soap and shampoo products from many worldwide lodging partners
  • Donating surplus soap from Guest Supply manufacturing facilities
  • Manufacturing consulting and expertise
  • Sales and marketing support
  • Supplies for hygiene kits

And there is a multiplier effect as Guest Supply offers those same services to bolster our expansion in Asia and Europe.

This ongoing assistance from Guest Supply is a testament to its commitment to corporate social responsibility. President Paul Xenis and his team play integral roles in Clean the World’s quest to eliminate needless hygiene-related deaths. Since we founded Clean the World in 2009, hygiene-related deaths among children under the age of 5 have decreased 30 percent, from an average of 9,000 a day to less than 6,000, a day.

That would not have happened without the combination of in-kind and operational donations we receive from Guest Supply. This year we are creating new programs to improve hygiene, reduce illness, and increase school attendance in developing regions. Support from Guest Supply allows us to focus more of our resources on that effort.

Thanks, Guest Supply!

Last Chance to Make a Tax-Deductible Gift in 2015

Dear Friend:

This has been an incredible year for Clean the World as we joined forces with Global Soap to improve even more lives through an integrated social enterprise.

Thanks to generous partners and supporters like you, our Global Soap & Hygiene Initiative can distribute lifesaving soap and hygiene education to people around the world who otherwise would not have access to it. From orphans and refugees to disaster victims and children living in extreme poverty, your gifts have helped us provide health, hope, and dignity for hundreds of thousands of people in 100 countries.

Though time is running out, there’s still a chance to make a donation this year. Today is the final opportunity to make a tax-deductible gift in 2015, so please click here if you would like to make a donation. Your gift will expand our impact in 2016 by helping us improve even more lives and reduce more waste – one bar of soap at a time. Your gift will improve the hygiene circumstances for families both here at home and around the world. In fact, 92 percent of the money donated to Clean the World goes directly toward funding the mission.

Thanks so much for your support. We look forward to working with you in the exciting year ahead.

Happy New Year!

The Clean the World Team

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Clean the World’s Shawn Seipler Honored at 18th Annual Don Quijote Awards

Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler received a huge honor on Saturday, Dec. 12, when he accepted the Excellence Award at the 18th Annual Don Quijote Awards in Orlando.

The Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida, Inc. (HBIF) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) host the awards. They recognize and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals who have shown the character of great strength, courage, conviction, shawn_acceptingand determination, just as the beloved character of Spanish literature.

The Don Quijote Awards go to business and professional men and women whose efforts have translated into success, at a ceremony that has become the premier event in Central Florida´s Hispanic community.

Saturday’s gala at Epcot’s World Showcase Pavilion was especially meaningful because it recognized visionaries, dreamers, and business men and women who were willing to take risks to achieve those dreams. As Shawn said before the event, “This nomination honors my Puerto Rican heritage, and I share it with my family members who helped me start Clean the World in a tiny Orlando garage. We had a vision to save lives globally, but no more than potato peelers, grinders, and a few countertop cookers to get going. From that humble start, we created a global hygiene revolution.”

If the nomination was humbling for Shawn – then hearing his name announced as the winner of the Excellence Award was surreal. There to cheer him on were family members, friends, and colleagues who have been part of Clean the World from the beginning.

It was a fantastic night of recognition, and a celebration of manufacturing 30 million bars of recycled soap and providing hygiene education to at-risk people around the world – all in just six years. We want to thank the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida, Inc. and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando for everything they do to serve the community, and for this meaningful award.

(below: Shawn with his wife and parents, and with longtime Clean the World supporter and board member Dr. Paul Skomsky.)

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Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Outstanding Leaders

Shawn with Don Quijote Awards representatives Augusto Sanabria (left), Diana Bolivar, and David Ruiz (right).
Shawn Seipler with Don Quijote Awards representatives Augusto Sanabria (left), Diana Bolivar, and David Ruiz (right).

At a press conference in Orlando this morning, the Hispanic Initiative Fund of Florida, Inc. (HBIF) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando announced the 12 finalists for the 18th Annual Don Quijote Awards.

Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler was among the finalists. He is nominated in the Excellence Award category. The award winners will be announced at the Don Quijote Awards Gala on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Epcot World Showplace Pavilion. Each year, the Don Quijote Awards recognize business excellence, dedication to serve, and outstanding professionalism among Central Florida’s Hispanic community.

Former U.S. Senator from Florida Mel Martinez will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his impact legacy on the Hispanic community in Central Florida and the nation.

At today’s press conference, three finalists were named in each category:

Hispanic Business of the Year, Five Years or Less
Chatter Buzz
E-Vacations, Inc.
Hispanic Family Counseling, Inc.

Hispanic Business of the Year, More Than Five Years
Albu & Associates, Inc.
FLQ Interior Design
ECX Electronics

Professional of the Year
Dr. Cyndia Muniz
Karla Radka
Gloria Puerto

Excellence Award
Shawn Seipler
Janet Perez Eckles
Henry Maldonado

Clean the World’s Global Soap & Hygiene Initiative to Expand Programming in 2016

When Clean the World and the Global Soap Project launched in 2009, an average of 9,000 children under the age of 5 died every day from hygiene-related illnesses. Just six years later, the daily average has dropped to around 5,600.

That’s a lot of progress – but our goal remains to drive that number down to zero.

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A micro-loan helped Salvacion start a soap business in the Phillippines.

After consolidating the two organizations earlier this year, we emerged as a stronger, unified social enterprise with the capability to save even more lives. The unified organization capitalizes on strengths developed separately by each group over the past six years. Now with all the pieces in place, we are poised to make significantly more impact next year.

In 2016, Clean the World’s Global Soap & Hygiene Initiative will concentrate on developing and implementing programs that make a measurable, sustainable impact on global health. Following is an overview of our strategy to lead the eradication of the leading causes of child morbidity:

Distribution and Hygiene Education

Soap distribution to at-risk people involves a lot more than dropping off a few boxes of product and then moving on to the next community. Our Global Soap & Hygiene Initiative works with leading global health organizations to provide long-term, outcome-based soap access and hygiene education. Those activities happen in conjunction with health and human services targeting vulnerable children and families in low-income households internationally and domestically.

By partnering with global health service groups to identify critical needs, we can deliver soap and hygiene education to the same groups for an extended period. Ongoing access improves health and changes behaviors in measurable and sustainable ways.

Our Soap Distribution and Hygiene Education program collaborates with partners in three specific areas:

Hunger and Nutrition: Food banks, meal service and feeding programs, nutrition education, healthy eating and cooking programs, community gardens and farm-to-table programs

Health and Hygiene: Community-based clinics, maternal and child health services, community well-care programs, health department programs, soap in schools

Family Self-Sufficiency and Financial Stability: Homeless support and emergency assistance programs, foster youth services, senior services, veterans services, parenting support, child care programs, re-entry and workforce programs

Custom Programs

Our NGO partners have a wide-reaching footprint that covers much of the developing world. However, we do encounter communities where there is no NGO presence, or where existing programming is insufficient, not sustainable, or not focused on long-term change.

In these underserved areas, our Global Soap & Hygiene Initiative conducts research to determine the best type of intervention. Our team designs and implements a program that improves health in the short-term and sustains itself long-term. We evaluate the results to make sure the program creates sustainable, positive health improvements by changing recipient hygiene behaviors and instilling lifelong hygiene routines.

The goal is to exit after two years once we see evidence that the program is self-supporting.

Sustainable Soap Supplies

Once people understand the importance of hand washing, the next challenge is often soap access. When supply or cost is a barrier to regular soap purchases, our Global Soap & Hygiene Initiative makes it available through in-country micro-lending and micro-enterprise programs. The programs complement the work of our distribution programs and ensure everyone has ongoing access to soap.

Research indicates that income-generating activities serve as key motivators for sustainable hygiene promotion.

In-country micro-lending and micro-enterprises ensure consistent access to soap while supporting local jobs and economies:

Community Hygiene Micro-Enterprise Project: Providing entrepreneurs with start-up financing and training to become lay health educators. They then teach and promote hygiene and the proper use of soap, and introduce a hygiene-related business opportunity to generate new income sources, serve as hygiene motivators, and reduce barriers to better health.

Soap Maker Micro-Lending Project: Providing micro-financing for individual soap makers to meet an urgent demand in global communities with little or no access to soap. As soap makers repay the loans, the available funds support new soap-making micro-enterprises. Micro-lending is the start of a positive economic cycle in areas of extreme poverty, and these new markets for soap help to prevent disease in communities that need it most.

Advocacy

Our mission to eradicate needless deaths from hygiene-related illness goes beyond soap access and hygiene education. Through the Global Soap & Hygiene Initiative, we educate governments and NGOs around the world to help them understand the importance of long-term WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) programming.

We believe governments should do a better job of investing and addressing these needs. They should advocate for hygiene and hand washing awareness by local governments to ensure they address the most pressing health needs of their citizens.

Innovation

Sometimes soap access and hygiene education are only part of the equation. That’s why we also work to identify and promote additional hygiene and tools to help maximize the effectiveness and lifesaving potential of hand washing with soap.

For example, some rural communities don’t even have a hand-washing station. The Global Soap & Hygiene Initiative might offer a creative solution such as a “tippy tap.” Or perhaps a soap powder and water mixture is more effective than bar soap.

Through innovation and technology, we identify the best solution for each specific community.

Soap Stockpiles

The final pillar of our strategy is to maintain an inventory of subsidized soap supplies and hygiene kits for emergency bulk distribution to people in crisis. Bulk distribution is coordinated to promote immediate relief along with complementary safe water, sanitation, and related hygiene efforts.

Together, these programs put us closer to reaching our goal of eliminating all hygiene-related deaths worldwide. But we can’t do it alone. Now more than ever, we need the support of our donors and partners to help us make these efforts a success. It’s easy to help us make a difference. A donation of $25 is enough to serve two families living in extreme poverty for an entire year, and a gift of $50 can provide a year’s worth of soap and hygiene education to an entire classroom. Will you help us by making a financial contribution today?

As always, thanks so much for your continued support. Together, we’re reducing waste and saving lives, one bar of soap at a time!

London Heathrow Marriott Hotel First in Europe to Recycle With Clean the World

In the European Union countries, an estimated 2.5 million people are homeless over the course of a year. In 2014, 125 million European citizens (25%) were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. People with inadequate housing often don’t have access to basic hygiene supplies, which puts them at greater risk for illness.

Combine those statistics with a passion for sustainability among European hoteliers, and Europe is the ideal region for Clean the World expansion. We started collecting discarded soap and bottled amenities there in mid-October.

Hygiene items collected in Europe are recycled in Europe and benefit food banks and shelters in Europe. Here is a recent press release from are longtime friends and supporters at Marriott regarding our first European partner hotel:

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LONDON HEATHROW MARRIOTT HOTEL PARTNERS WITH ‘CLEAN THE WORLD’ AS FIRST HOTEL IN EUROPE TO RECYCLE SOAP

London Heathrow Marriott Hotel has given guests something to get on their soapboxes about with the announcement that it is the first hotel in Europe to recycle discarded soap with Clean the World.

The full service hotel has paired with ‘Clean The World’, a global enterprise that repurposes hygiene supplies left behind by hotel guests, to benefit homeless shelters, senior citizens and struggling families around the world.

Following Global Handwashing Day last month, the announcement of the initiative forms part of the hotel’s dedication to environmental sustainability, having been recognised previously by Greenleaders and Green Tourism for its effort to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Ron Vos, general manager at London Heathrow Marriott Hotel, said: “Hundreds of people fly in and out of Heathrow Airport every day and as a result we see hundreds of leisure and business guests come through our doors.

“If you think about the amount of soap that’s discarded by each of these guests and then consider all the people in the world that may not have the luxury of hygiene products, it seems absurd to let it all go to waste.

“Clean The World does a fantastic job of distributing these and other donated products to impoverished people, preventing millions of hygiene-related deaths each year –  we’re very pleased to be the first hotel to make a contribution to this cause.”

Shawn Seipler, Clean The World’s founder and CEO, said: “Since 2009, Clean The World has distributed more than 1 million hygiene kits in the United States, Canada, and Asia, while diverting 3,600 metric tons of waste from landfills.”

Clean the World Launches in Europe

Six years after creating the world’s first and only large-scale hotel soap recycling program, we are excited to announce that beginning today – Global Handwashing Day 2015 – Clean the World is now operating in Europe.

ctw-europe-vertical-logo-finalFor the expansion into Europe, our plan was to follow the same formula that worked for us in North America and Asia. The launch needed to happen in cities with both a high density of hotel rooms and a focus on green operational practices. London and Paris were the natural choices. Our first two European hotel partners are the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel and Hilton Paris Opera. Discarded soap and bottled amenities from those hotels and others will be recycled to benefit European citizens who are at risk for hygiene-related illnesses.

European hotels have a strong sustainability focus and are looking for new ways to embrace corporate social responsibility. We have been receiving a steady stream of inquiries from hotels in the region over the past couple years. There is a high demand for recycling services, and we expect rapid adoption over the next 12 months.

The timing of this announcement is especially meaningful because today is Global Handwashing Day. It is an advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of hand washing with soap. Beyond recycling discarded soap and bottled amenities from hotels, Clean the World’s mission includes educating people around the globe about the value of hand washing as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases. Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

We continue to be amazed and humbled by how far Clean the World has come since starting to scrape discarded soap in a one-car garage back in 2009. Six years later, we have 4,000 hotel partners across three continents! Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 30 million recycled soap bars and one million hygiene kits in the United States, Canada, and Asia, while diverting 4,000 metric tons of waste from landfills.

Now we have the opportunity to reduce the influx of waste to European landfills as well.

A Letter From Our Chief Development Officer

Dear Friend:

On Global Handwashing Day, we recognize the importance of hand washing in global health and celebrate the impact hygiene organizations are making around the world.

honduras_hand_washingAs you probably know, hand washing makes a difference! Hygiene-related illnesses are the leading causes of death for children globally, claiming nearly 6,000 lives every day – more than AIDS, Malaria, and TB combined. The good news is that we can change that. Hand washing with soap is the single most effective and affordable way to prevent those deaths, reducing the death rate by as much as 50 percent. In fact, since 2009, the number of children dying daily has dropped from roughly 9,000 to fewer than 6,000. We’re happy to have been part of that success.

We’ve distributed more than 30 million bars of soap since 2009, reaching some of the most vulnerable populations around the world. From Ebola response efforts in West Africa to earthquake victims in Nepal, and from disaster relief in the United States to families living in extreme poverty in Latin America – and countless situations in between – we’ve been working with our network of partners to get soap and hygiene education to people who need it most.

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Just last month, we shipped soap to support the heartbreaking Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. Soap is a critical tool in times of crisis, and our shipment will help prevent the spread of disease in the refugee camps during this chaotic time.

Perhaps most important, our work focuses not only on the short-term need, but also the long-term ability to sustain the impact we create. That’s why we focus on long-term hygiene education programs and support local micro-lending and micro-enterprise initiatives, to ensure that we’re changing behaviors and supporting the local economy to help continue the impact we’re making over time.

Today, as we celebrate Global Handwashing Day, I hope you will join me in making a donation to help us in this lifesaving work. We couldn’t do what we do without the generosity and support of donors like you. Your gift today will help us continue to get lifesaving soap to families in need here at home and around the world. To donate, simply click the button below.

As always, thanks so much for your support! And have a wonderful Global Handwashing Day.

With gratitude,

Sam Stephens
Chief Development Officer

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Las Vegas Sands and Guest Supply Team With Clean the World to Build 200,000 Hygiene Kits

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) and Guest Supply, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sysco Corporation, joined us for an unprecedented global volunteer event. In a 24-hour period, more than 4,000 LVS team members and community volunteers built 200,000 hygiene kits that will be distributed to people in need worldwide.

lvs_volunteersThe Las Vegas Sands Global Hygiene Build with Clean the World took place sequentially at five locations around the globe:

  • Marina Bay Sands in Singapore
  • Venetian Macao in Macao, China
  • Sands Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • The Venetian Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • The Clean the World Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center

Kit building kicked off at 9 a.m. local time in Singapore and ended at 6 p.m. local time in Las Vegas.

LVS organized the Global Hygiene Build as part of its corporate social responsibility program, Sands Cares. As a longtime supporter of Clean the World’s mission, LVS has contributed enough discarded soap to create a half-million new bars of recycled soap to combat hygiene-related illnesses among at-risk people in developing regions. This event was yet another way for the company to serve people who don’t have access to hygiene supplies.

“This event exceeded our expectations, with record team member and community volunteer support for an amazing 24-hour united effort to help people in need around the world,” said Ron Reese, senior vice president of corporate communications at LVS. “Clean the World does an outstanding job of taking a meaningful, yet often overlooked cause and getting people rallied to make an impact on the health and well-being of underprivileged populations with critical hygiene supplies.”

Guest Supply was a supporting sponsor of the event and provided hygiene supplies for the kits. Since Clean the World was founded in 2009, Guest Supply has provided the much-needed recovery and distribution logistics for discarded soap and shampoo products from many worldwide lodging partners, while also donating soap that would have otherwise been unused surplus from their manufacturing facilities.

 Clean the World affords us the perfect opportunity to utilize our expertise and relationships to make a difference for people around the world,” said Paul Xenis, president and chief operating officer of Guest Supply. “We are proud to support the Global Hygiene Build as part of our company’s commitment to the global hygiene revolution.”

Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler said LVS and Guest Supply play significant roles in his organization’s effort to increase access to soap and hygiene education.

“We can’t overstate the value of these partnerships,” said Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler. “Through their day-to-day support of our life-saving mission and involvement in events such as the Global Hygiene Build, Las Vegas Sands and Guest Supply set the standard for corporate social responsibility. We are incredibly fortunate to work hand-in-hand with companies that align with Clean the World on so many levels to help us achieve our goals.”

Since we founded Clean the World in 2009, hygiene-related deaths among children under the age of 5 have decreased 30 percent, from an average of 9,000 a day to 6,000, a day.

Clean the World Joins the B Corp Movement

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We are proud to announce that CTW Global is now a Certified B Corporation.

Certified B Corporations use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. It’s like fair-trade
certification – but for the whole business.

If you have ever bought a bag of fair-trade coffee, then you know the value of spending your money on something that creates goodness all the way around. Fair-trade means the farmers who work so hard to produce your coveted drink are making a fair living, and you get a great-tasting cup of organic coffee. In a similar fashion, Certified B Corporations meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

Our move toward third-party certification from B Lab started more than a year ago.B Lab logo

In July of 2014, Florida joined the growing number of states that permit a special type of business entity known as a “benefit corporation,” which is a hybrid between a non-profit and for-profit company. The benefit corporation is the best possible operating structure for organizations that want to devote a significant portion of their business resources to substantial nonprofit or socially beneficial activities.

CTW Global was the state’s first benefit corporation under the new law last year. But that was only the first step. The next step was to achieve certification by B Lab, a 501(c)3 non-profit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs and uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab serves these entrepreneurs through initiatives that provide the legal infrastructure and help them attract the customers, talent, and capital to scale.

A company can incorporate as a benefit corporation simply by completing the required forms provided by the secretary of state in any given state. However, the certification process from B Lab is the gold standard when it comes to operating as a B Corp. As a Certified B Corporation, CTW Global is expected and required to meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

At Clean the World, we are inspired by the global movement to redefine success. Certified B Corps distinguish themselves by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business. It is an honor for us to have CTW Global join the nearly 1,400 B Lab-certified B Corporations that are translating ideas into action in 42 countries.

CTW Global is a pioneer and leader in implementing business-centric structures that maximize impact on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits. It is the social enterprise that provides operational and business services to the four non-profit entities that are a key part of Clean the World’s sustainable ecosystem. The non-profit entities are: Clean the World Foundation, Clean the World Canada, Clean the World Asia, and the Global Soap Project.

Meet the New Members of Our Leadership Team

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Since 2009, all of us at Clean the World have been working with our heads down and shoulders to the soap grinder. Every now and then we pause for a moment to take stock of what happened over the past six years – and it is humbling. From zero to more than 4,000 hotel partners, more than 29 million bars of soap distributed in 99 countries, and more than 50 team members working across three continents.

We continue to be blessed by attracting top-notch talent. Our ever-growing organization has some of the finest operations, customer service, sales, and marketing people not just in the social enterprise sector, but in business period. Here is a look at some new key members of the team:

Lauren Blasco, Director of International Development: Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Lauren spent the past six years in Hong Kong, where she was involved with a regional soap recycling organization called Soap Cycling. Lauren will work closely with CEO Shawn Seipler in developing global growth strategies for Clean the World.

Pierre Daigneault, Executive Director, Canada and Europe: Pierre has worked as an attorney specializing in real estate transactions, financing and corporate law, He owned and managed several businesses including an investment brokerage firm. Prior to joining Clean the World, Pierre spend seven years in the environmental, sustainability and carbon market business.

Dale Flowers, Chief Financial Officer: In 2008, Dale co-founded a CFO consulting firm that specialized in turnaround management projects, and M&A transaction support. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina and an MBA with a concentration in international business from the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University.
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Partner Profile: Tahoe Mountain Resorts

Logo for Tahoe Mountain ResortsTahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging offers a fine collection of Lake Tahoe vacation rentals. They provide owners and guests with luxury accommodations as well as unparalleled customer service, professionalism, and hospitality.

The company is committed to reducing environmental impact by engaging associations, owners, guests, and the community in responsible products and sustainable practices. Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging is a proud supporter of the “Green Bucks” program, which contributes to hiking and biking trails, watershed restoration projects, wildlife protection and environmental stewardship programs.

The team at Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging feels privileged to work and live in a beautiful mountain paradise, and are dedicated to preserving it for generations to come.

Partner Profile: Silverleaf Resorts

Silverleaf Resorts logoSilverleaf Resorts is built around four defining qualities: value, variety, convenience and flexibility. The  commitment to those key factors is what made the company a leader in the vacation ownership industry.

Ranked by “Forbes” magazine in the Top 100 of the Top 200 Best Small Business Companies, Silverleaf places great emphasis on providing great vacation experiences from a network of high-quality resorts with country-club style amenities at affordable prices. The Silverleaf team provides s a diverse selection of on-site programs and activities at premiere resort properties strategically located in Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Florida.

 

 

NEWS RELEASE: Clean the World Opens Canadian Operations Center to Support Growth and Expansion

New facility provides life-saving hygiene supplies to homeless shelters, senior citizens, and struggling families throughout Canada.

Orlando, Florida – July 21, 2015 – The world’s only large-scale recycler of hotel soap recently opened an office and recycling center in Montreal. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Clean the World is a global social enterprise that has contributed to a 30 percent reduction in pre-adolescent deaths from hygiene-related illnesses since 2009. With the new facility coming online, soap and bottled amenities collected from hotels in Canada will benefit Canadians at risk for hygiene-related illnesses.

Each month, close to 850,000 Canadians receive assistance from food banks. About 36 percent of those helped are children and youth. Through a partnership with Moisson Montreal, one of Canada’s major food banks, Canadian families will benefit from the discarded hotel items processed in Clean the World’s Montreal operations center.

“Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed nearly 700,000 hygiene kits in the United States and Canada,” said Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler. “By any measure, we have made tremendous strides in reducing the incidence of hygiene-related illnesses in developing regions around the world. Our new Montreal facility provides an opportunity to help even more people here in North America.”

Clean the World Canada Managing Director Pierre Daigneault has worked in the environmental sector since 2008 and is a long-time proponent of reducing carbon footprint through regional sustainability efforts.

“Opening an operations center in Montreal is a welcome addition to Clean the World’s global hygiene strategy,” Daigneault said. “This production facility enhances our ability to serve the homeless, our senior citizens, and the growing number of families seeking help from food banks here in Canada. It also provides a jumping-off point for Clean the World’s upcoming European expansion.”

In addition to promoting global hygiene through recycling and distributing hygiene supplies, Clean the World fulfills an environmental mission by collecting hotel waste that would otherwise go into landfills. The organization has diverted more than 3,800 tons of soap, shampoo, and other amenities from traditional disposal methods since 2009.

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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 Orlando, Las Vegas, Montreal, and Hong Kong. Clean the World’s Global Soap Project promotes and provides hygiene education and microlending to make hand washing and local soap purchases a lifelong habit. Through its “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. Since 2009, more than 25 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 99 countries.

Management Company Profile: NewcrestImage

Planting its roots as early as 1993, NewcrestImage is a privately-owned, Texas-based hotel development, construction, and management firm.

The company’s principals have combined experience of more than 100 years in the hospitality industry. Their collective experience, combined with their single-minded dedication to providing guests with first-rate lodging accommodations and best-in-class guest services, are at the core of the company’s continuing success.

NewcrestImage designs, builds and operates state-of-the-art hotels for the most renowned brands in the hospitality industry. The business is guided by an endless pursuit of excellence, and a set of core principles that defines its culture and character.

• People Come First
• Communications is Knowledge
• Giving is Fun
• Experiences Are Memorable
• RESPONSE-ability is Ours

NewcrestImage currently manages hotels under Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott flags.

Green Key Global Teams With Clean the World

Green Key Global LogoClean The World and Green Key Global recently teamed up for a partnership that will promote soap recycling to hotels in Canada and beyond. The partnership will encourage Green Key Global members to collect and recycle hotel soap and bottled amenities that help fight the spread of preventable diseases.

Green Key Global is a leading environmental certification body with a suite of industry-standard programs and resources designed specifically for the lodging and meetings industries. Its affordable programs help members leverage organizational CSR activities to support sustainable initiatives, and improve overall fiscal performance and community relations.

“Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 25 million bars of soap and nearly 700,000 hygiene kits,” says Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler. “The exciting partnership with Green Key provides an opportunity to help even more people by introducing hotels to our soap and bottled amenity recycling program.”

Green Key Global managing director Tony Pollard says the partnership complements his organization’s existing sustainability programs.

“Green Key Global is thrilled to be partnering with Clean the World in the promotion of soap recycling to hoteliers,” says Tony Pollard, Green Key Global managing director. “This partnership once again demonstrates Green Key’s commitment to providing hoteliers with sustainable and socially responsible choices.”

Tharaldson Hospitality Supports Clean the World

With properties stretching from Rhode Island to California, Tharaldson Hospitality Management has a diverse portfolio of business-class hotels with an emphasis on superior quality, efficiency and service. We want to welcome Tharaldson to the Clean the World family.

“As a growing hotel company with the best brand partners, we want to make sure that we set a great example in giving back,” says Chief Operating Officer Aimee Fyke, who oversees all operations of the company’s 25 managed hotels. “Partnering with Clean the World provides the opportunity to help those less fortunate in a way that is operationally seamless.”

Since his first hotel acquisition in 1982, founder Gary Tharaldson has owned more than 350 hotel properties throughout the United States. He has been instrumental in developing prototype properties for the likes of Marriott and Hilton, and has received numerous awards from the same highly respected franchise companies.

Tharaldson Hospitality Management LLC, operates a portfolio of business class hotels under franchise license agreements with Intercontinental Hotels Group, Marriott International and Hilton. Our goal is to maximize the operational quality and financial performance of our hotels, grow market share and enhance the performance of our hotels through the constant pursuit of superior levels of quality, efficiency and service.

Global Soap Division Responds to Nepal Earthquake

GSP-badge-artWithin days of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal, Clean the World’s Global Soap division responded with an initial shipment of soap and hygiene kits to clinics and camps serving more than 5,000 families in Kathmandu. As soon as he could make travel arrangements, Chief Development & Programs Officer Sam Stephens flew to the affected area and supervised the distribution.

Supplies were delivered to people hardest hit by the catastrophe in the country’s largest city. This includes clinics where aid workers and doctors provided care to earthquake victims without regular access to soap and hygiene supplies.

We reached camps where thousands of families had no access to even the most basic hygiene items while they struggled to cope in the aftermath of the catastrophe. In these types of situations, handwashing with soap is the first line of defense in preventing the spread of deadly diseases, especially in camps where the living conditions are often unsanitary and unhealthy. A simple bar of soap can mean the difference between life and death. Our initial response effort ensures that doctors and families have access to soap at the most critical times, preventing an already devastating situation from becoming even worse.

Going forward, Clean the World will continue to work with our partners on the ground throughout Nepal to get soap and hygiene kits to the affected regions as requested. Our operations centers in the United States and Hong Kong are working with partners to identify needs and plan for aid shipments over the coming weeks.

Our on-the-ground partners will continue to make sure the soap reaches those individuals, families, and medical workers who need the supplies the most. In addition, we’ll continue to make sure that clinics and camps operating in the region have the ongoing supply of soap and hygiene items they need until local sources and supplies once again become available.

Thank you so much for your support of our efforts to make sure that those most in need have access to lifesaving soap and hygiene products. Your contributions really are making a huge impact!

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Please Support Our Earthquake Response Efforts in Nepal

Dear Friends:

As you know, the recent earthquake in Nepal has claimed more than 5,000 lives and created unspeakable devastation in a region already plagued by poverty. One of the greatest concerns following a catastrophe like this is access to water, sanitation, and hygiene. These disasters create environments in which diseases spread very rapidly, and soap is one of the most critical items needed to save lives and prevent further devastation. Amidst the chaos, many of the typical sources of soap have been cut off, leaving families, hospitals, and emergency response teams without access to such a vital resource.

That’s where Clean the World comes in. We’re responding by sending an initial shipment of soap to Nepal this week to serve over 5,000 families in camps and clinics, with distribution beginning by Friday. In the weeks to come, we’ll continue to provide shipments of soap and hygiene kits to help improve health and prevent the spread of diseases in the affected areas.

We know this effort is critical – and we couldn’t do it without your help. Will you join me today by making a donation to support our disaster response efforts in Nepal? Your gift will help us make sure lifesaving soap reaches those most in need, and will help provide an ongoing supply as the recovery continues. To make a gift, visit www.cleantheworld.org or click the button below.

Thanks so much for your support. And stay tuned for updates on our response efforts in the coming days.

With gratitude,
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Sam Stephens
Chief Development Officer

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Clean the World Featured in AP News Story

A reporter and a photographer from the Associated Press recently visited Clean the World’s Las Vegas facility. Both the written story and the video piece moved on the AP wire today, and are now available to media outlets today. Click below to check them out!

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Clean the World and Global Soap Join Forces

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Executive directors unite: Shawn Seipler (left) of Clean the World, and Sam Stephens of Global Soap.

This is a monumental day in the Global Hygiene Revolution!

We are thrilled to announce that Clean the World and Global Soap have joined forces to improve even more lives through an integrated social enterprise. After six years of developing similar missions that focus on recycling soap and improving global health, we have unified under the Clean the World banner. This stronger, combined force allows us to multiply our impact.

This is a marriage of strengths. Clean the World now manages all the collection and recycling of soap and plastic bottles, while Global Soap focuses on soap distribution and hygiene education. Please see the press release below for more details.

Thank you for your continued support of Clean the World and Global Soap. With your help, we look forward to continuing the reduction of preventable hygiene-related illnesses and deaths, and delivering an exponential increase in social and environmental impact.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — (April 9, 2015) – The world’s only large-scale recyclers of hotel soap have combined their operations and charitable efforts. Clean the World and Global Soap have contributed to a 30 percent reduction in pre-adolescent deaths from hygiene-related illnesses since 2009. Now consolidated under the Clean the World banner, they join forces to improve even more lives through an integrated social enterprise.

The blended organization capitalizes on strengths developed separately by each group over the past six years. Under the new operating structure, Clean the World Foundation manages all soap and plastic bottle collection and recycling in North America, while Clean the World Asia oversees soap recycling in the Asia-Pacific region. Global Soap concentrates on strategic soap distribution and hygiene education programs that make a measurable, sustainable impact on global health.

“This is truly a situation where one plus one equals three,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “As a unified team, we will divert more trash from landfills, recycle and manufacture more soap, reach more people, and bring greater focus to the sustainable impact of our life-saving mission.”

For Global Soap, the mission continues to be creating a positive health impact that is sustained long-term by making hand washing and local soap purchases a lifelong habit.

“By joining forces with Clean the World, Global Soap can focus solely on improving global hygiene,” said Sam Stephens, Executive Director of Global Soap. “We can broaden our range of activities and expand our community-based hygiene programs, including micro-enterprise and micro-lending initiatives. The result will be a much stronger and more sustainable impact on global health.”

Seipler said the consolidation allows Clean the World to set the standard for finding solutions to social problems. “By sharing Clean the World’s experience and expertise with other social enterprises, we believe there can be an exponential increase in social and environmental impact.”

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. Clean the World operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas and Hong Kong, and leads the “Global Hygiene Revolution” to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 2,400 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of 5. Since 2009, more than 23 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 99 countries. Through its “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America.

About Global Soap

Global Soap’s mission is to improve global health by distributing soap that is recycled from more than 1,600 hotel partners, and working with leading health organizations to identify populations that most desperately need soap and hygiene education. Global Soap collaborates with those organizations to help distribute 100 percent of the soap to those who need it most. Through ongoing hygiene education, Global Soap ensures that recipients understand how, when and why to use soap to benefit from its life-saving properties.

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Announcing New Partnership With Hawaiian Bath & Body

Independent filmmakers and bands make make great art with a limited budget. A lot of amazing Web and mobile apps come from small start-ups. And in the same vein, small-batch soap makers create exceptional products using natural ingredients and sustainable production practices.

We have had the pleasure of meeting many of these manufacturers – and one of our favorites is Hawaiian Bath & Body. The company is located in the sleepy town of Waialua on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. They believe in creating natural skin care products that are gentle on the skin and safe for the  environment.

Owner and general manager Debora Driscoll is a passionate health and environmental advocate who exudes warmth and mindfulness. She has been a Clean the World champion for several years, and contacted us late last year wondering how we could work together. That conversation led to discussions about partnership opportunities.

Now we are excited to announce that Hawaiian Bath & Body is an official Clean the World partner. Their generous donation supports our ongoing mission to prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year, reduce the morbidity rate for hygiene-related illnesses, and encourage vigorous childhood development.

Hawaiian Bath & Body first popped up on our radar in 2012 when we were scrambling to send ONE Project hygiene kits to victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast United States. Debora made an online donation to sponsor 250 kits, and included this nice message: “Much mahalo for all you do! You are the only organization I trust when it comes to relief efforts. Peace and aloha – Debora at North Shore Soap Factory.”

We are extremely grateful for those kind words, and the support from Hawaiian Bath & Body. If you visit Oahu, please visit their store and make time for the factory tour.

Aloha and Mahalo.

 

Picture Yourself Changing Lives

this_could_be_youAre you ready to see just how valuable soap is to people who are at risk for hygiene-related illnesses? Then join Clean the World on one of our upcoming trips and help deliver hygiene products directly into the hands of those who need them most.

Clean the World’s Director of Nonprofit Partnerships, Rosanna Kingston, is a veteran trip coordinator who creates life-changing immersion experiences. They can be a real eye-opener for anyone who isn’t familiar with the daily challenges faced by people who don’t have regular access to basic hygiene supplies.

Anyone 18 or over is welcome to travel with us. Teens between the ages 14 and 17 may join when accompanied by a parent or chaperone. Sorry, but  we can’t accommodate children under 14.

All-inclusive trip fees cover the cost of round trip airfare (unless noted), ground transportation, lodging, meals, and team supplies. For larger groups, we can customize a travel package if you have nine or more people interested in a Clean the World trip.

We currently have openings for the following trips:

  • Guatemala in April
  • Zambia in August
  • Mexico in September

For more information, please contact Rosanna at rkingston@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com.

Welcoming Urgo Hotels to the Family

We are pleased to announce that Urgo Hotels is now a Clean the World recycling partner. Urgo is a family-owned and operated management company that strives for success while never straying from its core values of honesty, integrity, strong business acumen, and diligence.

Since 1968, Urgo Hotels and its predecessor companies, Urgo Butts and Donald J. Urgo, Esquire, have been leaders in the hospitality industry, specializing in development, ownership, management, and providing expert asset management services across a wide variety of hotel brands and geographic regions. The company was recognized among the top 100 hotel companies by “Hotel Business Magazine.”

Urgo Hotels and its affiliates presently have ownership interest in and/or operate 31 hotels within the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Spire Hospitality Joins Clean the World Hospitality Recycling Program

Clean the World is proud to welcome Spire Hospitality to the Global Hygiene Revolution.

Formerly known as Lane Hospitality, the Deerfield, Illinois-based management company has earned a reputation for exceptional performance across the board.

As experienced owners themselves, the leadership team at Spire offers outstanding third-party management services to hotel owners and investors. Every member of the Spire team is dedicated to providing a world-class experience for guests

The company has an extensive portfolio of more than 20 branded and lifestyle properties stretching from New York to California, and from Minneapolis to Florida.

3 Industry Leaders Join Clean the World Board of Directors

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Clean the World announced this week that its board of directors appointed three new members. Sheryl Bonilla, Rob Candelino, and Ron Reese bring their public affairs and hygiene industry expertise to help guide the Global Hygiene Revolution.

Bonilla is Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs for UPS. She focuses on health care policy and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), representing the Company’s interests before members of Congress and federal agencies.

Candelino is the Vice President of Marketing/General Manager for Unilever’s US Haircare business. In this capacity, he is responsible for some of America’s favorite beauty brands including TRESemme, Suave, Dove, Dove Men+Care and Nexxus.

Reese is the Senior Vice President of Global Communications and Corporate Affairs for Las Vegas Sands Corp. He drives the overall corporate communications platform and directs corporate affairs initiatives that bring awareness to the company’s business and corporate citizenship achievements.

“We feel incredibly fortunate to have Sheryl, Rob and Ron join our board of directors,” said Clean the World founder and executive director Shawn Seipler. “They are highly respected leaders in their industries. Together with our existing board members, they will position us for further growth in 2015 as we continue our impactful mission of preventing millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses.”

With these additions, Clean the World’s board of directors now includes the following members:

  • Shawn Seipler – executive director, Clean the World Foundation
  • Nancy Bock –senior vice president, American Cleaning Institute
  • Sheryl Bonilla – Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs for UPS
  • Robert Candelino – Vice President of Marketing/General Manager for Unilever’s US Haircare business
  • Ron Reese – Senior Vice President of Global Communications and Corporate Affairs for Las Vegas Sands Corp.
  • Thom Reilly – executive director for the Caesars Foundation
  • Mark Rucker – vice president, lodging, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
  • Laura Schwartz – principal, White House Strategies

MetWest Terra Property Named Top Holiday Hotel

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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!

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.

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.”

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