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ALERT: Medical News from Cap Hatien

This is the latest news from our team in Haiti

“We received five helicopter deliveries of 12 patients today.  We had four US coast guard airlifts, and one Navy airlift.  It’s definitely an increase from yesterday, but we can still handle many more.  It is an improvement, but the current effort is still inadequate; many more people are stranded in Port-Au-Prince, in dire need of care and the clock is ticking.  Our biggest obstacle is the lack of helicopters.  Our surgical teams did 16 procedures today, operating until 11:30 PM tonight, and we have six surgeries scheduled for tomorrow morning.  We expect the airlifts to increase and possibly two bus loads of injured from PAP – a 75 mile ride which takes six-eight hours over rough roads.

We were able to scale up from two operating rooms to four ORs.  The UN is present at the heliport (soccer field!) to maintain order for helicopter arrivals. The local residents of Milot have been enthusiastic to support the effort in every way possible: offering their homes to families of patients from PAP and filling potholes in the road so the ambulance will have a smoother ride from the field to the airport.  The schools adjacent to the hospital have been converted into additional space for patient beds.  Notice in the photos: chalkboards on the walls and make-shift beds created from rearranged school desks.

Attached is a labeled aerial photo from Google Earth . Please excuse the crudeness of the writing – I did it on the fly for the military, who was asking for coordinates and visuals for landing.

The other photos speak for themselves.  This is a disaster of catastrophic proportions.  Please keep the injured patients and the medical teams who are working to save them around the clock in your prayers.”

Carol Fipp
Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti
(904) 223-7233
(904) 451-0003
cfipp@bellsouth.net
Crudem Foundation, Inc.
www.crudem.org

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ALERT: William Lowry on the ground in Cap Hatien

This is the latest update, as of Monday January 18, from William Lowry who is in Cap Hatien.

It is Monday morning in Haiti. I have been meeting with several leaders and pastors this morning. The stories are incredible. There is a massive exodus out of Port au Prince that has begun. It is clogging the roads in and out. It is making it difficult for non military people to get around. The exodus is to Cap Haitien and Gonaives. The hospitals in Cap Haitien are being overtaxed already. They need doctors and supplies. We are headed to the Justinien Hospital in 15 minutes. We will assess the needs there. Electricity is off and only those with generators have access to power. This affects food storage as well as internet access for the average person. Phone communication is very spotty at best.

Clothing will be needed soon, as the clothing that so many have is what is on their back. Everything else that they owned is beneath the rubble of their former houses. One story is of a lady who was showering at the time of the quake. She was in an outdoor shower area with a towel. When the house collapsed she was not able to get anything and barely survived herself. She was in only a towel for 5 days. This is a common story.

The massive number of corpses has cast a horrific stench across the city of Port au Prince. It is  an odor that is nearly unbearable in some parts of the city. It is verfy difficult yet for most to even get to loved ones that are only several blocks away. The expectation for the spread of disease and bacteria is extremely high.

We have two meetings this morning to button down our warehouse space. We have secured trucking from Cap Haitien to Port au Prince. One is with the APN and Abraham, and the other is with Max Lerouche. Things are falling into place. We should have these things done by 1:00 p.m.

I just spoke with a young man who was stuck in PAP for 4 days with no food, no water, and only a tee shirt. He made it out and believes his life was spared.

I will go for now!!!!


William Lowry
Director of Global Development

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Col. Tom McKnight Brings Needed Medical Supplies into Port-au-Prince

Retired Air Force physician Col. Tom McKnight, now a member of the Air Force Reserves, drove all day in the rain from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida’s Panhandle with more than 2,500 pounds of medical supplies. McKnight, a veteran of other medical missions to Haiti, said he was headed for a remote area near Port au Prince that has many injured people but has not yet received much medical help due to its location.

McKnight’s supplies included IV starter kits and fluids, which he said are essential for injured people who are certainly dehydrated. He also brought equipment necessary for an unpleasant reality of the earthquake’s aftermath, “We need all these supplies because we’ll have to do amputations down there,” said McKnight.

The heavy duffel bags of medical supplies also included scalpels, sutures, surgical masks and gowns, antibiotics, splints, heavy bandages, drain tubes, table dressings and everything else needed by a small team of physicians to set up a makeshift operating room.

McKnight also packed some bags of an important accessory that less experienced relief workers might not think of. “A piece of candy puts a smile on a kid’s face no matter where they’re from,” said McKnight.

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ALERT: Clean the World Flight Schedule Saturday & Sunday

Saturday January 16, 2010
8:30 p.m.
Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)
Flight arrives from Memphis, TN with soap donations from Marietta Corp for Clean the World hygiene inventory. Clean the World staff will be unloading the plane for transport to the Clean the World Recycling Plant in Orlando.

Sunday January 17, 2010
8:00 a.m.
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE)
Flight #1 departing for Cap Haitien with two Clean the World members- William Lowry, Global Development Director and Pastor Brutus, Caribbean Director Will deliver hygiene products to Cap Haitien
Picking up two passengers in Cap Haitien- Robert Holliday and Brian Stout
Flight will then Travel to Jacmel, Haiti to deliver 500 pounds of desperately needed medical supplies
Flight brings Robert and Brian back to FXE

Sunday, January 17, 9:30 a.m.
Boca Raton Airport (BCT)
Boca Aviation
Flight #3 departing for Port-au-Prince with four doctors- Leisa Faulkner, Paul Burke, Jennifer Halverson, Thomas McKnight
Flight will also contain desperately needed medical supplies
Rescue missions out of Port-au-Prince coordinating now.

Sunday, January 17- 8:00 a.m.
Orlando Executive Airport (ORL)
Flight #2 loaded with medical and personal hygiene products by Clean the World staff.
Six Orthopaedic Surgeons bound for Cap Haitien
Flight contains desperately needed medical supplies

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ALERT: Beginng today, CTW supplies delivering with Corporate Aviator Responding in Emergencies Partnership

Clean the World is working in partnership with Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies (Care). This incredible group organizes private jet owners that donate their planes to transport supplies to disaster relief areas. They formed during Hurricane Katrina and are coming to the forefront now as an extremely valuable asset to assist.  Spread the word of their incredible group.

Today, our first flight will leave Orlando Executive Airport at 12:45pm. We are transporting 4 doctors, a relief worker, missionary and Clean the World leadership directly to Port-au-Prince. We will have over 1,000 pounds of cargo including medical supplies, hurricane kits and boxes of Clean the World soap!

A second flight will most likely leave this afternoon from Orlando Executive. Additionally, flights are planned from Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow evening and over the weekend. We will get thousands of pounds of cargo including hygiene products, medical supplies and water on this initial flights over the next few days.

Last night, a flight from Bridgeport, Connecticut brought us soap that originated from a school drive at Connetquot High School in Bohemia, New York. (we first blogged about this drive on December 20, 2009). This soap will make its way to Haiti in the upcoming days.

Lastly, we are organizing rescue missions out of Haiti as well. Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies will also provide transportation for those stuck in Port-au-Prince out of the country.

More details to follow.

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Press Release: CLEAN THE WORLD COMMITTED TO DELIVERING SOAP TO HAITI IN THE WAKE OF EARTHQUAKE

Orlando, FL. — January 12, 2010 — As the world is stunned by the horrific news coming from the small island nation of Haiti in the wake of a powerful earthquake, Clean the World is focused on one thing: providing soap to the desperate island country.

“Today, our thoughts and prayers go out to our Haitian brothers and sisters” says Shawn Seipler, Executive Director of Clean the World. “As part of the global relief effort, Clean the World is committed to delivering massive amounts of soap into Haiti.”

The Need for Soap
Clinical studies by the World Health Organization and others show that the use of soap in hand washing reduces the incidences of acute respiratory illness and diarrheal disease, the leading and second leading cause of death amongst children worldwide respectively. By providing soap to the impoverished people of Haiti, Clean the World hopes to greatly reduce these deaths. Right now, as relief efforts begin and, undoubtedly, will last for months and years to come, proper hygiene and the need for soap is essential.

In 2009, Clean the World delivered 200,000 bars of soap to schools, orphanages, clinics and churches in Haiti. Partnering with the Cap Haitien Health Network and the Evangelical Church of Haiti, Clean the World is providing free soap to people desperate for proper hygiene.

As Clean the World receives information from the ground in Haiti, they will continue to update Twitter, Facebook and their blog at www.cleantheworld.org/blog

Sterilization Process and Distribution Efforts
Soap, shampoo and other bathroom amenities are donated to Clean the World by hotels all across the country, soap manufacturers, and individuals. Partially used amenities are processed by Clean the World at their recycling facility in Orlando, Florida. At the facility, Clean the World employees and volunteers clean the collected soap and sterilize it using a proprietary steaming process. The soap is then packaged and sent by cargo plane or boat for distribution in Haiti and other countries abroad.

Primarily supported by the generous donations of individuals and corporations, Clean the World is recycling soap from hotels that would otherwise end up in landfills across the United States. The effort has a dual benefit of reduced waste and saving lives.

Clean the World’s soap and shampoo recycling program has hotels participating from 17 states across the country including Florida, New York, Oklahoma, California and Colorado. In the state of Florida alone, over 90 properties across the state are participating in this life saving, recycling program. After a hotel guest uses their soap and shampoo, participating hotels collect the partially used items and place them in their Clean the World recycling bins. Clean the World then picks the items up from the hotels, and recycles them with a hygienically and environmentally safe re-purposing process.

Westin Diplomat Resort, located in Hollywood, FL, partners with Clean the World to recycle their partially used soap and shampoo amenities, and help save lives. “With a large number of Haitian’s on our staff and in our community here in South Florida, this tragedy highlights the importance of the commitment we have made to those less fortunate through soap and shampoo recycling and distribution” says Michelle Shulman, Director of Public Relations at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa.

In addition to Haiti, Clean the World has distributed soap internationally through partners with other missions and charitable organizations including World Vision, the Floating Doctors, Harvest Time International, and missions to Lesotho, South Africa, Baja, Mexico and Freeport, Bahamas. Domestically, the Salvation Army, Covenant House, STAR Family Center and about 15 other missions and shelters have received soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion.

About Clean the World Foundation, Inc.
An Orlando-based charitable organization, Clean the World Foundation, Inc. is committed to the prevention of illness and death caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease in countries across the globe. In an effort to prevent these needless deaths from occurring, Clean the World Foundation collects discarded soap and shampoo from hotels to be recycled and distributed these soap products along with appropriate educational materials to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries worldwide. In 2009, Clean the World collected, recycled and distributed over 230 tons of soap and other bathroom amenities to impoverished people worldwide. With the donations of these discarded soap and shampoo products, Clean the World Foundation is a step closer to reaching their goal of preventing the millions of lives lost each year — and they’re doing it one bar of soap at a time. Clean the World Foundation, Inc is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

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Keep Haiti in your Thoughts and Prayers!!

Today in Haiti a terrible tragedy struck. Just ten miles from the most populous area near the city of Port au Prince a powerful earthquake struck. The government of Haiti is calling it a catastrophe and reaching out the world for help.

As you know Clean the World has been working to continuously deliver soap to Haiti through the Cap Hatien Health Network and the

Evangelical Church of Haiti. We have made many friends and connections throughout the country. We are now hearing terrible stories of tragedy and death from these friends.

We knew the need was great before, now the need is greater than ever. In the coming days and weeks, aid will start to reach Haiti and Clean the World is determined to be there. We have soap ready to go. We need cash donations in order to deliver it to those that need it so badly. Some will deliver medical aid, some will deliver food and water, with your help Clean the World will deliver soap. This soap will be critical in saving lives.
Please go to our website and donate whatever you can. http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/donate-money.asp

Thank you. And pray for our bothers and sisters in Haiti.

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60 Countries Learn to CLEAN THE WORLD!

Happy Monday morning Clean the World Family!

Do you realize that you are a part of a movement? A movement that is not only spreading throughout our beautiful country and the hospitality industry, but a movement that is global, spreading across our beautiful world!

Millions of travelers just like you have asked what happens with the soap and shampoo from their hotel room after they use it. Clean the World is a very clear answer to that question. A charity, an organization, and now a global family that focuses on collecting those partially used items, recycling them and then distributing them to those that desperately need the items all across the globe.

We are contacted daily by hotels all across the United States AND the globe. Request to join have come in from hotels in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, China and Japan. We are working on an international solution as we envision Clean the World’s program expanding beyond the United States and all across the globe in 2010 and beyond. If we can collect 1 million bars of soap daily from the US, how much do you believe we can collect across the globe? How many lives do you believe we can touch?

Further proof is our web-site. http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/ has been visited by individuals from 60 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. Isn’t that incredible! From the US, Canada, and UK to United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Hong Kong and Switzerland. From Russia to Jordan… From Cyprus to Macedonia… CleantheWorld.org has been visited by thousands of people across the globe! (this year, we plan on turning the thousands into millions!)

More interesting facts: on average, visitors from those 60 countries to CleantheWorld.org view more than 5 pages on our site and stay for almost 3 minutes, which in considered high in the web site viewing world. Some really incredible statistics: friends from Singapore visit an average of 22 pages and those from South Korea visited an average of almost 9 pages. Movement promoters from Denmark stay on the site for more than 18 minutes on average, family members, from Croatia stay an average on 10 minutes!

Our movement is global. Our family is global. In the upcoming days and weeks, we will introduce new ways for you to help spread the word to those that need to hear us. We need hotels to continue to join the program. And we need you to thank those that have for their commitment to Saving Lives and Saving our Planet.

Thank you to those in the US for making Clean the World an overnight phenomenon. And thank you to our Global friends and followers for taking our cause, and now your cause, to your friends, family and people.

Together, all of us will CLEAN THE WORLD!

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WHAT’S THE HURRY in 2010? By William Lowry

Several years ago, I came across a great little paperback book called “Getting Things Done” by Edwin C. Bliss. It was a terrific compilation of ways to approach effort and tasks that removed the clutter and compelled completion. I have kept a copy of the book in my possession ever since and will reread it from time to time. I am always reminded of the simple barriers that get in the way of our ability to “get stuff done”. It always sparks change and realignment of my world so that I can pursue efficiency and effectiveness.

Several times, we have been asked at Clean the World a stunning question: “Why are you in such a hurry to take this nationwide?”. On the face of it, it seems like a simple and reasonable question. But as you consider the answers, the question moves into the category of “stunning”.

Clean the World accomplishes four major objectives. I will list them for you.

1. Through our national recycling program, we are protecting the environment by keeping tons and tons of bar soap, and shampoo, body wash, lotion, and conditioner bottles from being disposed of in landfills all across America. Years and years of the accumulation of this waste has already filled acres throughout our land. This is at the very least irresponsible and perhaps even neglectful and cold-hearted. This is from our excess. Clean the World has the ability to prevent this needless dumping and turn a “black eye” on our nation into a compassionate effort that reaches out to the world. We are so grateful for every hotel and establishment that helps us make this happen!

2. By working with the housekeeping departments of hotels, Clean the World is able to promote good morale by adding purpose and meaning to the jobs and tasks of all of those too often overlooked individuals who work in the back of the house within hospitality industry. In cities like Orlando, Las Vegas, and New York, that is a lot of people. Knowing that everyday your job involves doing something that may save the life of a child, has a significant impact on what you do and how you do it. It can change the way you feel about your job. It can create an energy as you realize you are a part of something much bigger than yourself.

3. The operations of Clean the World involve a lot of effort and people. As we continue to add people, this means jobs. Our focus is centered on using people in our designated cities who are in programs designed to help people “get back on track”. Not only do we distribute soap and other products domestically, but we will be contributing to the successful reentry of people into stable lives.

4. After all of our effort to collect, sort, reprocess, and package soap, we take or distribute this soap into specific cities, communities, and villages around the world who are in great danger of diseases due to the inability to use proper hygiene practices.

There is a central or core purpose that drives the Clean the World team. Every day 9,000 children are dying all around the world because of the two most deadly diseases to children. Every study shows that hand washing with bar soap can reduce the transmission of these diseases. Though it may seem a given, if these children never have soap to use, they will never benefit from it. Our ability to have some lifesaving impact is totally predicated on our ability to get soap in their hands. Every day that we don’t get soap to them is a day they are at risk of catching one of these diseases. We are all under a justified and very compelling sense of urgency to get to as much soap as possible, as soon as possible, and get it into the hands of those children as quickly as we can. Now that we know what we know, and have the vehicle through which to accomplish our objectives, it has become very difficult to think about the number of lives we are not saving each day we discard soap into a landfill.

To many, the question of “What’s the hurry?” may seem a basic question, but for us it is stunning because of the global impact our efforts can make. We know that we will probably not keep every bar of soap in the U.S. from being discarded or that we will not have the means to prevent every child from contracting these diseases, but we can help some of them. Our goal…a million a year. If we can be a part of saving the lives of a million children each year, we can see these two diseases move off of the “ten deadliest diseases” list.

This is a year that we can very well see tremendous results. In 2010, I hope you too will catch our sense of urgency. Help us get it done. Help us reach those children around the world. Help us do it sooner. Become a part of the Clean the World Team. Bring your knowledge, your abilities, your skills, your resources, your network, your financial support, and your energy to our family. We can do this!!!!!!
 
Sincerely-
 
William Lowry and the entire Clean the World Family!

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A great gift idea: The Triple Creek Ranch in Montana!

A Merry Christmas Eve to the entire Clean the World Family. And for those that celebrate Hannukkah, we hope you had a joyous Hannukah season this year too.

Tonight my immediate family, visiting family and close friends will get together for a Christmas Eve dinner and gift exchange. Although, we bring an interesting concept to the gift exchange: Everybody brings a gift without a name on it. We draw numbers. The first to choose a gift looks at all the packaging and sizes and picks what they believe to be the best gift. The gift is opened to reveal the treat behind the packaging. Now, it’s the second persons turn. Ah, but there is now a twist. The second person may choose a new gift or decide to take or as I like to call it when it’s taken from me, “steal” a gift that has already been revealed. Gifts that have already been opened may only be taken 3 times during the course of the gift opening ceremony. Pretty interesting, eh?

I’m sure some of you play this gift game too or have another gift exchange ceremony. It is no doubt a time of joy and fun with your family and friends. Isn’t that what Christmas, Hannukkah and the Holiday Seasons are all about? Spending time with your family, reflecting on the past, talking about what the next 12 months may bring and watching the children joyfully open their gifts. We truly hope you enjoy this evening and the upcoming days with your friends and family.

The Clean the World family is joyous every time a new Hospitality Partner joins our program. We normally get hotels, bed and breakfast’s and vacation homes. But today, marks a great new addition: Our first RANCH!

We are so pleased to announce that the Triple Creek Ranch located in Darby, Montana has joined Clean the World’s Soap and Shampoo Recycling Program. This gorgeous, luxury resort is located high in the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies. You must go to their web site to view the pictures: http://www.triplecreekranch.com/.

A mountain retreat featuring private log cabins, unbelievable scenery, wildlife, a collection of Western inspired art, and world class accommodations make Triple Creek Ranch a perfect romantic getaway Christmas present for a special spouse.

There are so many cabins to choose from: http://www.triplecreekranch.com/accommodations/.  And the list of activities goes on and on but a few that jumped out at me were aromatherapy, helicopter tours, wine and food tasting, Lewis & Clark trail rides, horse back riding, hiking, cross country skiing, and whitewater rafting.

After showing the Triple Creek Ranch to my wife there is no doubt that we will make plans to visit them one day! And now from high in the Montana Rockies, Triple Creek Ranch is participating in a Life Saving, History Changing recycling program. Their guest will not only have a wonderful time while they are there, but after they leave, their soap and shampoo will make its way to a Clean the World Recycling Facility instead of a Montana landfill. There it will be repurposed, recycled and then distributed to a domestic homeless shelter or impoverished people in Haiti, Lesotho or another country who are dying because of a lack of hygiene.

Thank You Triple Creek Ranch for your commitment to Saving our Planet and Saving Lives!

And if you are still looking for a last minute gift this year then make a reservation to take your special someone to the Triple Creek Ranch in 2010. And please do not bring it to the Christmas gift exchange game I described above because it will be taken by somebody else. 😉

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Christmas in Florida…


As a child, I moved around quite a bit. My father is a life-long retailer, which, from a moving perspective, is almost as bad as being a life-long military man. We moved up and down the state of Florida, north to Chicago, south to Texas, but always made our way back to Florida. There was something about Florida that kept bringing us back. For me, one of the reasons was Christmas in Florida. This may sound very odd to many of you reading this blog across the country today that are experiencing the beautiful powder and chilled weather that Santa enjoys, but for me, I really enjoy a blue sky, 60 – 70 degree, sunny Christmas day.

I enjoy the time off between Christmas and New Years and the activities that can be done in 65 degree weather, like golfing, outdoor basketball or biking or walking around the outdoor shops and plazas with my wife. It’s when a Floridian says “What a beautiful day for a football game!”

It’s the time of year where I can enjoy the outside weather with my children and even do what I consider “the ultimate” with them- take them to Disney or Universal or Sea World to enjoy them enjoying themselves. For some of the rather warm month’s we experience, this is the time of year that we Floridians live for. Sure, maybe one or two chilly days are acceptable. By chilly, I mean no lower than 45 degrees, but that only because my wife needs a few to keep her happy. J For me, sunny, blue skies, and time off is enjoying life.

This year, the skies may seem a little bluer and happier as it will mark the very first Christmas spent with a new family- the Clean the World Family. Not because I am new but because we are all new. Isn’t it incredible to know that we have only been in existence for 10 months?

The success of the CTW family is only made possible with the almost daily addition of more and more Hospitality Partners from across the country. As they join, we want you to know who and where these properties are, and thank them with emails, phone calls or by booking a stay with them. They are the reason we exist and should be commended for their commitment to Saving Lives and Saving our Planet.

We are incredibly pleased to announce two new properties that have joined our program. These two properties are located in Florida, where their guest will be enjoying Christmas in Florida over the next few weeks.

If you are on your way to The Villages this year to visit family or friends, say hello to our newest member, the Best Western Chain of Lakes Inn & Suites (http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=10381). Conveniently located right in the center of the beautiful state of Florida, a few miles from The Villages, they join a number of properties that have joined the Clean the World Family because of our dear friend Bill Pullen who has been spreading the Clean the World word for so many months. See the other Leesburg properties here on our partner page: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/participating-hotels.asp#villages. On your next visit to friends and family in the North Central Florida area, stop by to thank Jennifer and the entire team there for being a part of the Clean the World Family.

And right outside the gates of Disney World, sits another one of our newest CTW Hospitality family members: The Orlando Vista Hotel. They are an official Walt Disney World Good Neighbor and can be visited online here: http://www.orlandovistahotel.com/. With 246 guest rooms, and nestled right in the heart of all the Orlando fun, the Orlando Vista Hotel is a perfect “Christmas in Florida” destination. They have kid’s club suites, especially designed for children, all the amenities, the Vista Café, Pineapple Lounge, and one more awesome outside activities to do in Florida this time of year- swimming as they have an outdoor heated pool, a children’s pool and a hot tub! For our northern friends, trust me on this one: swimming in a heated pool in 70 degree sunny weather is much more enjoyable than the polar ice swims enjoyed in your parts. J

We are so grateful to our two newest properties for joining our unique recycling program. The state of Florida has been incredible in this life saving venture and we encourage all of those reading and listening to the audio blog to take time this holiday to stay a night at one of these wonderful properties or recommend them to a friend or family member coming to Florida for Christmas.

Enjoy your weekend. Enjoy your family. And no matter where you are located, I hope that you enjoy your weather too. J

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Changing History by William Lowry…

An impactful blog written by Clean the World Global Operations Director, William Lowry:

It has not been too often in history that individuals or groups have changed history as a part of a plan. There have been some great leaders who have shaped the annals of history because they captured a moment of time or were captured by a principle, idea, or cause within a moment of time. History is usually understood when we look back at it. It is then that we realize actions altered , affected, or shaped what would become history. Most of us live our lives trying to do good, helping others when we can, and hoping to leave this life with a “life sentence” or legacy that is positive and appreciated. The possibility that we could make such a difference that would literally change history is far from our minds. So when an opportunity to truly change history comes along, it is not so easy to recognize. It is overlooked or viewed through our own skepticism. It takes a second or maybe even a third look to realize that the opportunity is right at our doorstep.

As Clean the World has pursued its mission and as this simple yet profound concept, of collecting soap from hotels to give it away where it is desperately needed, has evolved, we have begun to consider the idea that this might be a moment in time when WE could shape the future in a significant and detectable way in the lives of individuals and even an entire culture. It seems beyond reach. It seems grandiose…until you take a closer look. Take for example, the country of Haiti. We began our soap distribution there because it is understood to be the poorest country in the western hemisphere. But in the country of Haiti, you will find a people who are determined and hopeful. They have such resilience and perseverance. They are creative and persistent. Yet also within the culture, there exists various superstitions and ideas that are carryovers from a time when voodoo was so widely accepted and practiced. Now generations later, many humanitarian efforts and missionaries later, there is still a strong presence of those beliefs and superstitions. A society always has hope of change, if the next generation can be reached. When those children become the leaders of that society, their new ideas and beliefs will either bring good or bad to the future, but will definitely shape that society’s direction.

What makes this such a remarkable opportunity, is that Clean the World has the chance to affect the future generations of an entire society. By bringing soap, saving lives, and reeducating the children we can help secure a sound and healthy understanding of hygiene and prevention of the spread of deadly diseases. As these children grow and become leaders, their impact will be realized in 5 or 10 or 15 years. That will happen within our lifetime. That means the more we can reach, the greater the impact. That means the sooner we can get there with our efforts, the sooner this impact will take place.

Did you ever dream that in your lifetime, you could be a part of changing history? Who would have ever thought? A bar of soap in the hands of a child whose life is threatened without it. Such a simple concept. Such a simple idea. Consider this!!! This idea, especially in its simplicity, could have been exploited at any time in history. Someone else could have considered this idea 10 or 20 years ago. But for whatever reason, it has been preserved until now. You are alive now at this time in history. Is that an accident? Or is it supposed to be that way? As you read or listen to this blog, you have been tagged for this moment in time!

COME let’s change history in our lifetime! Join the Clean the World Team!!!!!!

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Sheraton Sand Key Resort kicks off “Clearwater Beach Week”!!

Happy Monday morning to you all! We have an exciting week ahead. I am dubbing this week as “Clearwater Beach Week”. For those of you located around the country and world, and debating a wonderful Florida vacation spot this winter, look no further than the beautiful beaches of Florida’s West Coast which includes Clearwater Beach.

Clearwater Beach is annually rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world and was recently rated the #1 beach in America. The beautiful, white powder sand combined with sunsets, beach recreation, and warm gulf waters make Clearwater Beach a top tourist destination. From biking to golf to deep sea fishing and top dining and night life, Clearwater Beach has it all. Your first web stop today must be here to visit their tourism site: http://www.floridasbeach.com/

So why all the excitement around Clearwater Beach you might ask? Two weeks ago, I was invited by Russ Kimball, the General Manager of the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, to address a group of Clearwater Hoteliers and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mr. Kimball heard about Clean the World from our dear friend Bill Pullen, who has been spreading the word about Clean the World since our beginning. After a brief phone call, Mr. Kimball put the wheels in motion for Clean the World to speak to his property and the hotels in the Clearwater Beach area to hear Clean the World’s story.

Russ Kimball is a leader in the Florida hospitality industry. He is a past chairman of the Florida Hotel and Motel Association. In 1998, he was named Florida Hotelier of the Year and has managed the Sheraton Sand Key Resort since it opened in 1976. He was even named to the Tourism Hall of Fame this past August. And after meeting him in person, I can attest to his good heartedness, professionalism and true desire to make a difference. He is the real deal!

The meeting and presentation went very well. It is so much fun telling our story to a group of individuals that understand our mission and wants to find ways to participate. The questions and excitement was excellent. In that room, it was very evident why Clearwater Beach is a top destination spot. It takes natural beauty and beach, but it really takes professionals that care about their community, their trade and have a real commitment to making meetings and vacations enjoyable for their guest. That is clearly this group of hoteliers!

And so the first property from Clearwater Beach to officially join the Clean the World program is no other than Sheraton Sand Key Resort. And what a wonderful property, whether you are looking for a great meeting resort or an awesome family vacation!

I was given a property tour by Todd, Director of Housekeeping. First off, the staff is unbelievably friendly and professional. Todd was great. And a special thanks to Marilyn who helped coordinate the entire presentation and day.

The outside pool deck, equipped with the Turtle Bar and Poolside Cafe was so inviting, and it leads right up to a 10 acre beach. Think about this- the #1 beach in America and Sheraton Sand Key has 10 acres of it! Beach volleyball nets were up and ready for action and the beach hut, full of beach toys, was buzzing with activity.

We enjoyed lunch together so I can personally attest to the great food and the meeting room we were all in was beautiful. They have 24,000 square feet of meeting space and for the third consecutive year the Sheraton Sand Key resort won the Pinnacle Award, which recognizes conference and convention centers, hotels and visitor bureaus for their commitment to hospitality excellence and customer satisfaction.

Check them out online here: http://www.sheratonsandkey.com/index.php  But even better, stay with them. I plan on taking my four children there soon for a weekend getaway. I can’t wait to see their faces when they see the beach!

And the best part of that getaway will be when I tell my children about how this great and fun hotel is also doing something very important: They are helping those that are hurting here in the US and in places like Haiti. Hearing the stories that their daddy tells them about those really needing our soap in Haiti, I can see their smiles when they learn the good news.

Sheraton Sand Key Resort- Thank you for your commitment to Clean the World. Thank you for participating in our planet and life saving program. Thank you for bringing together your friends and colleagues in the Clearwater Beach area. We are forever grateful!

And thank you for kicking off Clearwater Beach Week!

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Clean the World Media Links… Spread the Word!

Special thanks to Alex Paen from Telco Productions. Alex and his team put together It’s a Green Christmas! It aired today in Orlando on WESH 2 NBC. The production is excellent! Great stories on individuals and companies that are taking eco-friendliness and “green” initiatives to heart with smart, environmentally friendly businesses and strategies. Please check this page for the nationally syndicated show on your local TV: http://www.itsagreenchristmas.com/6.html  

I also wanted to take this opportunity to give you other great links to stories and articles about Clean the World. Please use these links when emailing to tell others about Clean the World. We really need you to spread the word to hotels, individuals, corporations and local and state governments that may be interested in helping Clean the World add more hotels, recycle more soap, and distribute more products to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished people worldwide:

CBS News w/Katie Couric:
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5380577n

NBC News Story:
http://www.wptv.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=15895@wptv.dayport.com&navCatId=3

Fox News Story in New York and Orlando:
New York- http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/international/090807_Using_Old_Soap_To_Save_Lives
Orlando- http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/seminole_news/072409_Hope_in_a_bar_of_soap

YouTube Documentary on first trip to Haiti:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulJKxJ_eMJ8

Clean the World Official Press Kit:
http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/docs/PressKit.pdf

20 news articles and press releases written about Clean the World including New Zealand Radio interview on podcast:
http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/press.asp

Spread the word! It’s that time of year when corporations and individuals are looking to make donations to great charities like Clean the World!

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It’s a Green Christmas!

We are so pleased to let everybody know that a nationally syndicated television show focused on how to make the holidays more environmentally friendly will feature Clean the World.

It’s a Green Christmas! Features “green” gift ideas, recycling tips, energy saving suggestions and much more. What a great idea. An entire production around great ways to protect our beautiful land and environment…. It’s like giving Mother Nature a Christmas Gift. And, of course, these tips and ideas can be done all year long, not just during the holidays. Here is a  link to their web site: http://www.itsagreenchristmas.com/index.html

We were contacted by Telco Productions several months ago about our interest in participating in the show. We were, of course, very excited. The footage used during the Clean the World portion of the show is our original footage and will mark the first time that our camera and footage, operated by Bobby Bahret, will be seen on TV. How exciting! Special thanks to Jeremy Chambers for getting the content to Telco Productions. Jeremy works as CTW’s media manager, assisting with several productions, including media and social sites. Both gents work with CTW on a volunteer basis, simply because they believe in the cause and want to get the word out in ways they are experienced with. Thank you for making a difference!

This show will be seen across America between November 20, 2009 and January 4, 2010. Here is a link to all the Listings: http://www.itsagreenchristmas.com/6.html

If your station is on the list with TBA, please contact them to see when it will play.

If your station is NOT on the list, please contact them and ask them to pick up this nationally syndicated show produced by Telco Productions.

Have a fun Black Friday! And don’t forget to put a buck or two in the Salvation Army or St. Jude Hospital collection buckets!!!

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Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart…

I originally intended on taking today off the blog but as I sat in bed this morning thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for, this scene that has burned in my mind since I first witnessed it began to play. I knew that I had to share it with you today on Thanksgiving.

During my first visit to Haiti about 6 weeks ago, our first soap distribution of the day was at a church service where approximately 8,000 Haitians gathered. In both the CBS News and Fox news story this service is where the large distributions take place.

This building is a large, stadium seating structure that has been under construction for 17 years. Large pillars stand all around the building, ready for a roof. But in the 17 years it has sat, a roof has never been built.

The service is from 10am – 1pm. This particular day, it is blistering hot, the sun beating down, and the dust from the ground floor where the people dance is being kicked up. There is a large stage where the band, choir, and oversized speakers sit.

On the stage is a song leader. She is no more than 16 years old and she leads all the songs this day. Her voice is absolutely, undeniably amazing! She can sing with amazing strength and stamina. She has an American Idol type voice.

As some of the songs played, I recognized the music but of course did not understand the words as they are in Creole. It made following along challenging as I usually need to read lyrics myself to sing along. So I mostly listened and hummed.

The music changed to another song that I knew. This time though, I knew the lyrics. And as I began to sing along in English, as the 8,000 Haitians sang with all their hearts in Creole, most lifting their hands to the heavens, singing with all the might they could, the lyrics took on so much more meaning.

Here we are in the poorest region of the poorest country of the Western Hemisphere. Think about that- poverty greater than anywhere else in South America, Mexico, other parts of Central America. Poverty far, far worse than anything we have in the United States. 75% of the population lives on less than $2 a day. Filth and sewage reign supreme. Malnourishment and hunger are everywhere. Desperation and hopelessness are experienced every single minute of every single day.

It is chaotic, suffocating and depressing. It makes one trying to help feel overwhelmed and at times hopeless themselves.

Yet, with all the fervor, passion and spirit that you and I may put into singing a song that we really love to sing, or cheer for our team on Saturday or Sunday, or defend a political figure or belief that we truly stand for, or look into the eyes of a loved one like such as our own children to hug them and tell them how much we care for them, they sing. They sing looking up into the heavens. There is no roof to stop their song from leaving their desperate and hopeless situation. They sing the following:

Give thanks With a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ His Son

Now think about these next words. Picture 8,000 of poorest and the weakest singing in unison with a beautiful voice to the heavens:

And now… let the Weak say I am Strong
Let the Poor say I am Rich
Because of what the Lord has done for Us

And with even more voice and heart, singing as loud as they can and with as much heart as they can possibly muster:

And now… let the Weak say I am Strong !
Let the Poor say I am Rich !
Because of what the Lord has done for Us
Give Thanks with a grateful heart

(Enjoy this version of the song and picture show on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sJWg7vWjQw&feature=related )

Every time I revisit the scene in my mind, my eyes well up. Here we are with the poorest and the weakest in our world, trying to help their incredible hygiene problem, witnessing the filth and sewage and poverty everywhere, yet they give thanks. They seek hope it and they find it. They long for it and then they lift their voices to the heavens to show their gratefulness.

It makes their words of gratefulness and thankfulness to Clean the World that much more special as they truly find hope in our soap. They find hope in your soap. The soap that you decided to do something different with!

Thank you for everything that you have done to make the moment I described above possible for me to experience. It made an incredible impact in my life. And so I try to share these moments with you so that you can experience them too. It is not send a specific message of religion, although many of you with feel that impact as well. But it is to help you experience the hope, the irony, feel the goose bumps, hear their voice and passion, and hopefully Give Thanks today for what we have and how we have an incredible opportunity to help others here and abroad. We have weak and poor in our very neighborhoods in towns. Look for ways to give them hope and gratefulness too!

Give Thanks for everything that we have. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Inspired to Change History: A motivational guest post from Shawn Seipler of Clean the World
Posted on November 15, 2009 in Causes, Inspiration

Clean the World co-founder Shawn Seipler has provided m-cause with a very motivational guest post today. In the post, Shawn talks about his burning desire to change his life and help others. Shawn will get you fired up to go out there and make some change this holiday season–and beyond! So enjoy the guest post…big thanks to Shawn!

Have you ever gotten up in the morning and felt absolutely convinced that you could change history? I mean, you can see change right in front of you- an opportunity to alter something in the current state of our world that would change history. Well, I am at that point in my life and I dare to say that many of you are either there, or could be there and you may just not know it.

I’m Shawn Seipler, Executive Director of Clean the World. It was only a year ago that I sat in another hotel room for around the one hundredth time, leaving my beautiful wife and four children again, longing for something different. I needed to figure something else out…my own business maybe? I wanted to be more in control of my work schedule and I didn’t want to leave my family anymore, or at least I wanted to do it on my terms.

Looking around the room, I began to think, am I changing history? No way, I’m just trying to figure out something different…

Because I typically traveled to multiple cities in any given week, I only took carry on luggage which means my bags were always heavy and extremely packed to brim. Every time I left a hotel room after 1 or 2 nights, I left the little soaps and shampoos behind as I had no room in my bags for them and, frankly, I didn’t really need them. So now I began thinking about this habit specifically. How many other travelers like me do not take their soap and bottled amenities with them upon checkout? And, what do the hotels do with these used items? Certainly they do not give them to other guest or return them. A quick call to the front desk and I got my answer- these items are thrown away. Hmmmm, now maybe I’m on to something, especially because one of the major topics of the day is green business, eco-friendliness and sustainability.

Weeks later I called my long time friend and business colleague Paul Till and began sharing my thoughts with him around hotel soap and shampoo. He was very intrigued about the notion of these items being thrown away, discarded into landfills. Can they be recycled? If they could be recycled, what could we do with them? Paul went to work, trying to find answers to these questions.

Then, the “Aha moments” began to come more frequently. Paul discovered that millions of children die each year from diseases that could be prevented with proper hygiene. Clinical studies show 40 – 65% reductions in these diseases by hand washing with bar soap alone. Some studies even claim that millions of lives can be saved with soap interventions. Furthermore, soap is toxic to water systems and not very good for landfill space. And of course, we all know about plastic bottles…

Wait just a moment here, were we finally on to something? Were we finally in a place where we could change history?

Together, Paul and I founded Clean the World. Our non-profit charitable organization that collects the partially used soap and shampoo from hotel rooms, recycles these items, and then distributes them to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished people worldwide to save lives.

Here is a portion of a letter I recently wrote for Clean the World’s newsletter, giving you more details on our organization:

3.5 million children under the age of 5 will die this year to two deadly diseases- acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal disease. This means 9000 times today, across the world, a mother will bury her child that died yesterday or the day before. And tomorrow, another 9,000 funerals will take place. Over the next hour, 375 boys or girls will lose their baby brother or baby sister forever.

 Even more tragic than these staggering facts is that these deaths could be prevented by up to 65% through simple hand washing with bar soap. Today, in the United States alone, we will throw away between 1 – 1.5 million bars of soap. That’s only in the U.S. How much soap do you think will be discarded worldwide today?

 9,000 children’s lives lost, half can be prevented with bar soap, and we will throw away ~1.5 million bars of soap in the U.S. alone.

We can prevent tons of needless landfill waste daily, protect our precious water systems, and even change cultures across the globe in an incredibly short period of time. It is not only possible, but dare I say it is our calling. For us, the employees and volunteers of Clean the World, we believe this to be true: We have been called to change history! We have been called to save these lives! We have been called to remove acute respiratory illness and diarrheal disease, the #1 and #4 killers worldwide respectively, off the Top 10 Killer list now and forever!

Clean the World Hospitality Partners have joined the movement. Volunteers, individuals and organizations are helping every day. And today, I ask you to join in our cause: Please be a part of Changing History in Our Lifetime!

So now, I’m asking you this. Was I changing history the moment I began to think about doing something else? Was I changing history when I called the front lobby to see if how soap was being thrown away after each visit? Was Paul changing history when he researched deadly diseases that could be prevented through proper hygiene? Absolutely! All of these little moments led us to our history changing venture and I can tell you this: similar instances and opportunities present themselves to you every day. Moments to ask a question or moments to find a solution. moments to make a small difference that may change history for a single person or an entire planet. If you could change history for one individual, would you?

As we approach the holidays, you know there are many ways that you can help. You can volunteer time at a food bank or donate money to a charity…all important activities in this great time of need. Just encouraging a child, or simply speaking to someone who needs you to listen can help. Do you have an idea? Pursue it! Do you have a dream? Go after it! You just simply never know.

So I conclude by asking you to do something simple, yet so incredibly profound: change history in your lifetime!

Ladies and gentlemen, I am not overstating or dramatizing this very clear notion and vision of Clean the World: We can Change History in our Lifetime!

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What do you think? The Garden State’s first CTW hospitality partner…

Day three in New York and what an amazing Hotel and Restaurant Show! I had a number of wonderful meetings yesterday once again. From high ranking hotel executives to other wonderful non-profits that recycle hotel soap and ensure used bottled amenities are distributed to homeless shelters, the discussions were extremely positive.

One topic that was extremely prevalent and most interesting focused on a Clean the World line or brand of retail soap and shampoo. Similar to the TOMS Shoes model, where an individual who buys a pair of shoes guarantees that another pair is given to a child in need, Clean the World is embarking on the same concept. So what if when you shopped at a retailer such as Target or CVS or Whole Foods, you could purchase a wonderfully scented, all natural bar of soap that ensured for every single purchase of that bar, Clean the World would recycle and distribute 10 bars of soap to an impoverished country to Save Lives? Or for every bottle of shampoo purchased, 10 smaller bottles of shampoo would not be discarded into a landfill, but instead given to a woman’s or men’s shelter in the United States? I think we are on to something here… More on this subject to come soon!

Our ability to recycle soap and potentially offer an individual at a retail store to help our cause stems from one incredible group- all the Clean the World Recycling Hospitality Partners. It’s their commitment to Saving our Planet and Saving Lives that makes this all possible. And today, the family became a little bigger and the commitment was made stronger as the Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center located in Florham Park, New Jersey, joined the CTW family.

About an hour outside of New York City and minutes from one of my favorite airports, Newark International, this 219 room property just underwent a $10 million renovation. They tout beautifully manicured lawns and gardens throughout the property and as we viewed the photo gallery, every single photo presented vibrant colors and shapes inside and outside of the property. And isn’t it appropriate that our very first property in New Jersey, the Garden State, features such beautiful grounds! Weddings, conferences and now recycling their hotel soap and shampoo to Save Lives are what Hamilton Park Hotel is all about. Check them out here: http://www.hamiltonparkhotel.com/ and make sure you book with them on your next visit to NJ or email and let them know how happy you are that they are a part of the Clean the World family.

Have a great day!

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Two Big Thank You’s and a CTW Needs List…

Time to make special mention of two companies that have helped support Clean the World with supplies and service donations.

First to thank: RVI (Randall Vannoy Industries). RVI recently donated much needed items for the CTW recycling center in Orlando, FL. We recently received a dolly, tape, and tape guns. Randall continues to be on the lookout for necessary items and is always spreading the word about Clean the World. RVI installs curtains and dividers for commercial coolers across Central Florida. RVI is located in St. Cloud, FL and can be reached at 407-460-1123. Randall- THANK YOU!!

Next up- Sunbelt Rentals and our good friend Travis. Sunbelt provides Clean the World with an extremely important piece of equipment needed to sanitize our soap. Because our steaming process takes 3-phase electricity and the CTW recycling facility does not have 3-phase electricity, we must use a generator when it is time to sanitize the soap. We usually use the generator and sanitize soap prior to major soap distributions. Clean the World literally sanitizes tens of thousands of bars of soap when the generator arrives. Sunbelt has been extremely generous donating the generator at times for free or giving Clean the World extremely favorable rates for its use. Extra days of use have been the norm for Sunbelt. They are a wonderful equipment rental company with locations all over the country and we strongly encourage our fans to use Sunbelt whenever possible. Here is a link to their site: http://www.sunbeltrentals.com/  Travis at Sunbelt- THANK YOU!

It’s a good time to list items that Clean the World’s recycling facility needs. If you can donate any item below, please contact scooper@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com:

• Commercial steaming unit manufactured by Rational or similar (requires 3- phase elec., 440/480 V.31.5 KW)
• Commercial cooling unit by True Manufacturing or similar
• Round trip shipping bins manufactured By U-Line, 19.5 in. wide by 24 in. long by 12 in. high or similar
• Metal Sheet Trays 17 ¾ by 25 ¾
• Metal or Teflon Grilles 15 ¾ by 23 ¾
• Boxes 24 ½ wide by 33 ½ long by 11 in. high
• Pallets
• Plastic Bins 18 gallon and 30 gallon
• Heavy duty dollies
• Pallet jack
• Plastic 50 gallon garbage cans
• Heavy duty garbage bags
• 12 in. industrial size saran wrap
• 24 in. shrink wrap
• Plastic or metal storage racks
• Packaging tape
• Lysol spray
• Bleach
• Latex gloves
• Respiratory masks
• Plastic zip ties
• 6 and 8 ft. vinyl tables
• Office supplies (pens, notepads, office paper, blank DVD’s, ink toner, paper clips, sharpies, etc)
• Utility knives
• Dry Wall knives- 6 in. and 12 in.
• Hoses and nozzles
• Brooms and dust pans

Thank you all for your support and please have a WONDERFUL and BLESSED WEEKEND !!!

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Magic Makers !

So there we are… Paul and I standing directly behind the Phoenix Suns bench at last night’s Orlando Magic – Phoenix Suns game at Amway Arena in Orlando. The whistle blows for the second timeout of the first quarter and we begin to be escorted to center court.

There we stand, with Bo Outlaw, a former Orlando Magic basketball player, arms around both Paul and I on center court in front of a packed house, 14,000 strong. Doing what you ask? Well, last night, Clean the World was recognized by the Orlando Magic as Magic Makers!!

Magic Makers are individuals dedicated to making the Central Florida Community a better place. We are not on the site yet, but here is more information on the recognition received: http://www.nba.com/magic/community/magicmakers.html

It was a very exciting moment for Paul, myself and the entire Clean the World family as our organization’s name and story was put on the jumbo-tron and described by the Orlando Magic announcer to the entire arena.

It was only 10 days ago at the Orlando Magic opening game that our dear friend and Magic advocate Spencer spoke to the Magic’s director of multi-cultural and cause marketing, Lucas, about Clean the World. Lucas was immediately intrigued and asked us to send him information about our cause and our mission. We did, and Lucas made the entire recognition and center court event, a monumental one for us, happen in lightning fast time.

We are incredibly grateful to Lucas for quickly understanding our mission, our purpose, and recognizing our small, yet meaningful contribution to Central Florida and impoverished people abroad.

And now, we want to make our own recognition of an individual that has been there with Clean the World since its inception. Spencer has been my friend and Magic representative for more than a year. It was only a few months ago that I sat with Spencer and told him the vision of Clean the World. He immediately understood it and praised our efforts. Over the past several months, Spencer has continued to encourage us, spread the word about our cause, and been a huge fan. It was because of his word of mouth that Lucas found us, and then recognized us last night. And throughout the year that I have known him and the months he has known about Clean the World, there is one extremely evident trait about Spencer- he truly cares!

Spencer- please accept our award as Clean the World’s First Magic Maker!!

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Thank you for the tremendous response!

Thank you so much for the incredible response following the CBS Evening news story presented by Katie Couric. If you haven’t seen it yet, please visit this link: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/12/eveningnews/main5380413.shtml?tag=cbsnewsTwoColUpperPromoArea

We would like to extend a very special thanks to the two CBS reporters that covered and traveled with Clean the World, Seth and Jack. We are extremely grateful for the wonderful journalism and attention to detail. Seth, Jack and the entire CBS Evening news team are incredibly professsional.

And a special note to Katie Couric- thank you so much for featuring Clean the World. You are an amazing journalist and have a special place in our hearts. We are forever grateful that you gave Clean the World our our first national exposure.

We hope and pray that this piece will expose our great opportunity: 3.5 million children under the age of 5 die annually to acute respiratory illness and diarrheal disease. That’s approximately 9,000 children a day. Clinical studies, posted on our site, show that these deaths can be reduced by 40 – 60% with simple hand washing with bar soap.

Every day in the United States alone, approximately 1.5 million bars of soap are discarded into landfills, harming our beautiful land and precious water systems. And millions of bottles of soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion do the same.

The answer is simple…. the results are real… Together, we can save lives!

Over the past 48 hours, we have received an incredible number of emails and phone calls. Thank you so much for your support. Many, like you, are asking “How can I help?” Well, Here’s how:

1) We are supported by the generous contributions of individuals and corporations. For every $1 donated to Clean the World, we can completely recycle and redistribute 30 days worth of soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion from 2 hotel rooms. That equates to ~40 bars of soap and ~40 bottles of shampoo that will not fill our landfills, but instead supply 5 needy families in an impoverished country or here in the US with life saving necessities for one month. If you or somebody you know can help contribute financially to our cause, please do so here: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/donate-money.asp. Or mail a check to Clean the World, 3564 Avalon Park Blvd East, Suite #1- 210, Orlando, FL 32828. Whether it is $5 or $500, every single dollar helps!

2) Today, Clean the World has 71 hotels in the state Florida and 9 across the country participating in our program. Recently, the great and beautiful state of Oklahoma partnered with Clean the World as part of their state’s sustainability program. Our goal is to ensure that all 4.6 million hotel rooms in the US are recycling their partially used soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and bath gel. We need every hotel in the US to hear and know about the recycling option with Clean the World. We need every local and state official to know about the recycling option with Clean the World.

*Please contact hotels in your area.
*Please tell hotels that you stay in, especially the hotel’s General Manager, about the Clean the World recycling program.
*Please contact your local and state officials and advise them of the Clean the World recycling program, asking for their support within your local and state hospitality community.
*Please contact your local hotel and lodging association about Clean the World.
*Please contact your congressmen and congresswomen about our program. We need their support and grants available to charities like ours that are both saving our planet and saving lives!

3) Many have asked about sending in your soap and shampoo to Clean the World directly. We accept soap and shampoo from individuals. Additionally, if you are a school that would like to conduct a soap drive, we are happy to support you through the many studies and detailed information on our web site. At this time, we have very limited funds so we are unable to assist financially, but we would gladly receive your soap and shampoo and ensure the items are given to those that need it most. Please mail them to the following address:

 Clean the World c/o Threads of Compassion, 4625 Old Winter Garden Road, #B 7, Orlando, FL 32811

4) Many have asked about buying soap and sending it to Clean the World. Remember, every $1 donated recycles two hotel rooms for an entire month and produces ~40 bars of soap. While we are truly appreciative that you are compelled to purchase for our cause, we ask that instead you donate to Clean the World so that we may also recycle a hotel room in the process and prevent needless landfill waste.

5) Many have offered volunteer help and support. We thank you for your desire and STRONGLY encourage you to volunteer and support charities whenever possible. At this time, we only have 1 recycling facility open in Orlando. We are accepting volunteers in Orlando, but, unfortunately, at this time are not anywhere else. That said we have a national recycling plan in place. As soon as we are able to attain a certain number of hotel rooms in major cities such as Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc , we may open up a collection or recycling facility. At that time, we will notify our entire individual database for potential job and volunteer opportunities. Until then, we need to increase the number of hotel rooms in our system and, again, phone calls to hotels are a great way to help now!

6) Many have asked for soap for various missions and organizations helping the needy. Yes, we would like to support you. We have limited finances so assistance with the shipping would be greatly appreciated, but we can most likely satisfy your request. Please email your request to scooper@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com.

Once again, thank you so much for your support, kind words, prayers and well wishes. We are extremely blessed to live in the United States and to have basic necessities at our finger tips. There is a very simple, yet profound phrase that fits Clean the World perfectly- “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”!

Thank you all for your support!

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Heading for the dock of the bay

Pop in the Willie Nelson CD, because we are on the road again today! This time we’re prepping for our Sept. 8-10 soap distribution in Cap Haitien, Haiti.

We have 200,000 bars of soap packed into a 26-foot truck donated for the day by our buddies at Penske Truck Rental, and we are pointing the rig south from Orlando on our way to the Port of Miami. A big shout-out to the Penske folks, who offered to hook us up with a truck whenever we need to move product. Today’s donation is a $300 value!

No maps or GPS are needed for us to find Miami, by the way, because we navigate by GCS — the Global Cuban Sandwich system. The guys in that truck can’t wait to drop off the load and chow down on a really great Cuban before heading back to Orlando.

It’s all about the bread, you know. You’ve GOT to have the right bread for a good Cuban sandwich.

Speaking of bread — we are on a squeaky tight budget here at Clean the World, so once the guys get to the docks they will trade out the “trucker” hat for the “salesman” hat and do a little negotiating to get us the best possible rate on shipping. We have a contact at one of the Haitian shipping companies who is waiting for us, but we still need to work out a better deal once we arrive at the docks. So a little prayer and some good thoughts from y’all on that matter would be greatly appreciated.

By the way, we’re also including 250 pounds of lotion with this shipment. We didn’t realize it the first time we went to Cap Haitien, but lotion is another valuable commodity in Haiti due to the effects of the intense heat.

Once this shipment reaches Cap Haitien, it will be picked up by our Haitian brother Pastor Julio Brutus of the First Haitian Church of the Nazarene in Winter Haven, Fla. Pastor Brutus will stash the soap in a safe place until CBS News accompanies us to Cap Haitien on Sept. 8 for two days of soap and lotion distribution. This time we will return to the site of the first distribution, Tabernacle of Praise Church, as well as a hospital, the two orphanages we visited last time, and a couple of new orphanages.

After spending the last month or so on a lot of boring, behind-the-scenes business, we are excited to get the distribution machine cranked up again for another trip to Haiti.

I’ll have plenty of updates for you in the coming weeks, and then you can see it all from your living room when the story airs on “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” after we return from Cap Haitien. Keep checking back so I can let you know exactly when it runs.

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Clean the World in the Big Apple!

Our news story that ran locally in Orlando is being run in New York tonight, August 7 on FOX 5. This is big exposure for our cause. If you are in New York, look for it on the 5pm news!

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FedEx helps CTW get off the ground

Transporting soap is pretty easy. Right?

After all – it’s light, compact and easy to pack.

Well, I guess that’s true if we wanted to carry a hundred bars to a different part of the world. I could fit that much in a carry-on. Each bar weighs around 4 ounces, so that would be about 25 pounds. OK … so what about a thousand bars? Well, it might be a bit more challenging, but 250 pounds of soap could fit into three or four good-sized suitcases.

But what do you do when you want to move a million bars of soap into Haiti, The Philippines or Sri Lanka? Now we’re talking about 250,000 pounds. That’s 125 tons! To put it in perspective, that is equal to the amount of chicken fingers and grilled-cheese sandwiches my kids eat in a year!

Hmmm, I might need to do some more calculations and put together a few spreadsheets before I can verify that number. But I think you get my drift.

With 125 tons of soap I can’t just walk up to the airline counter at check-in and tell them I have a few extra bags. This is serious freight, folks.

Enter our new friend and angel Lisa Daniel from FedEx. Lisa is arranging for us to receive the “gift of shipping” for some major airlifts of soap into parts of the world that desperately need it. First up is our “Million Bars of Soap for Hope” delivery into Cap Haitien, Haiti, and more distribution trips are in the pipeline.

Lisa also introduced us to some of her colleagues at FedEx who are working on a program to help with the transportation of soap from our partner hotels to our recycling plant in Orlando.

This simple little idea of saving lives with partially used bars of hotel soap actually has a lot of moving parts. But little by little the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit. And it gets even easier when you find great partners like FedEx!

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Miss Teen Earth and CTW: A match made in heaven

Obviously we are passionate about saving lives with soap. But we get even more stoked when we can share our story with others and see them develop the same enthusiasm. And that’s how it played out after we met Jolie Schamber back in May when she and her family stepped into our booth at Orlando’s Earth Day celebration at Lake Eola Park.

It turned out that Jolie held the title of Miss Teen Earth Florida. The 19-year-old University of Central Florida student was preparing for the national competition in Las Vegas, and was trying to find a cause to support as part of her personal platform. It was a match made in heaven. And from that day on, Jolie became a passionate supporter of Clean the World.

Jolie visited our shop to get some first-hand experience with the recycling process, and she promoted Clean the World at speaking engagements. One of those opportunities was at a vacation Bible school at the First Congregational Church in Winter Park, Fla., where Jolie explained the cause to kids who hopefully will do their part to make the world a better place as they grow up.

We’re proud to say that Jolie went on to win the title of Miss Teen United States in Las Vegas on July 22.

Although she will pursue her degree in Political Science and Legal Studies at UCF, Jolie will spend the next year educating people about her causes as Miss Teen Earth United States. “I feel so honored and grateful to be able to hold this title,” said Jolie. “I cannot wait to promote my causes this year and continue working as an advocate for environmental awareness and protection. I plan on also promoting Clean the World, as it is my personal platform and a cause that I am deeply passionate about.”

So once again this week, we feel like we are making great progress with Clean the World. At every turn, we see another sign that we are doing the right thing and that we are riding a huge wave of support. And we sure are glad Jolie decided to catch the wave.

Until next time – peace … love … and clean hands 🙂

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Miss Teen Earth Winner Jolie Schamber promotes Clean the World

I just received a call from Shawn with an update on Jolie Schamber in her quest to be crowned the national Miss Teen Earth. I am ecstatic to report that out of a field of 60 contestants, Jolie has WON the pageant event and has officially been crowned Miss Teen Earth USA. As you all know, Jolie has been heavily involved in promoting our cause everywhere she goes and has adopted Clean the World as her official platform in representing the environmental cause she believes in and promotes. We are all very proud at Clean the World to be represented by such a talented young woman.

Paul Till
Managing Director
Clean the World, Inc.

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Now THAT is a lot of soap

Do you have any idea how much space would be taken up by 5 million bars of soap? How many trucks would be needed to move it? How much warehouse space it would occupy?

Neither did I — until I started doing the math on the number of boxes that would be involved, the size of the boxes, etc.

It turns out you’re looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 semi trailers. That’s 80,000 cubic feet of storage. And that is a LOT of life-saving product, my friends!

The story of why I’m even thinking about transporting and storing 5 million bars is a little complicated, and I really can’t go into it right now. Yeah, I know … I’m a tease.

What can I say? I want you to keep coming back for more info 🙂

But seriously, there are many new partners climbing on board the CTW train, and a lot of good stuff is happening. Before we left Cap Haitien, Haiti, last week, one of the pastors requested that we come back in August with 150,000 bars. Well … how can you say no to a request like that when you see such a great need?

That is a 7x increase over what we brought in the first shipment, so we are cranking up the CTW machine and getting ready to fulfill that request.

As always — we can use your financial support, and we would love to talk to anyone you know in the hospitality or transportation industries. If they can give us soap or help us move it from Point A to Point B, then we want to meet them.

You can donate here.

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Central Care Mission getting the job done

Our list of contributing hotel and resort partners continues to grow every day. Once we collect soap from the hotels, the next step is to turn around the product and get it into (and onto) the hands of the people who need it. So after defining the protocol of our sterilization, recycling and packaging process, we needed to put in place a scalable operations team that could handle the influx of raw material from our hotel partners. But in addition to the required operational expertise, we wanted to find a partner who gives back and tries to effect positive change in the community. That’s exactly what we found with Central Care Mission in Orlando, and we are fortunate to have them as our operational partner. You’ll learn more about this great organization in upcoming blogs and newsletters.

The Central Care team uses a variety of tools and machines to recycle and package our soap, many of which had to be adapted to suit our particular needs. That’s why we feel fortunate to have a relationship with the wonderful Susan Ryhanen, owner of Creekside Soaps (http://creeksidesoaps.com). Susan donated four custom-made molds, which are an invaluable part of our production process.

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400 Pounds of Shampoo Donated to Homeless Students in Central Florida

Today CTWF gave approximately 400 pounds of donated shampoo to the Central Florida Hospitality and Lodging Association’s (CFHLA) drive to provide homeless students in Central Florida with every day supplies. Items being collected included essentials such as soap, deodorant, combs, shaving cream, toothpaste and band-aids.

According to CFHLA Cares, the charitable arm of CFHLA, there are nearly 3,000 transient students attending classes in Orange and Osceola Counties, some of whom live in temporary housing conditions such as motels and vehicles.

It was an incredible experience to pull up to the Buena Vista Palace Hotel parking lot full of CFHLA volunteers taking donations out of people’s cars and loading them into a large van. Along with a donation table full of donated items on display, there were two school busses packed with donated items from across both counties. To make the event even more memorable, everyone donating was greeted by the upbeat tunes of the Osceola High School Marching Band.

CTWF hopes to donate even more soap and shampoo to the CFHLA Cares collection drive in November.

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Recycling breakthrough produces smoother bar soap

A recycling breakthrough this week allowed the CTWF operations team to produce a smoother bar of recycled soap, similar to bars found at local grocery and drug stores. These more favorable looking bars will allow CTWF to explore donation opportunities within retail channels both domestically and abroad.

Here are some tips to consider when rebatching soap. Remember, everyone has their own preferences when it comes to rebatching soap, so be sure to experiment to your liking.

  • Shred the soap before you begin to melt it down by using a grater or food processor.
  • For soap that has aged over two weeks, try soaking the shavings in water overnight by placing in a pan and adding enough water to coat the shavings, then cover.
  • For harder soaps, instead of soaking shavings in water, try milk or coconut milk to soften it more.
  • The moister (softer) the base soap, the easier the rebatch will be.
  • Be very patient while melting because if you heat the soap too hot and fast you can burn the soap without fully melting it.
  • Try to not to stir too much or too vigorously as this can make too many bubbles and cause pockets.
  • The final complete meltdown should look like a gel but is still pourable to a degree.
  • When the soap smooths out you can stir in any essential oils, fragrances, oatmeal, etc. that you desire.
  • Use a hand mixer to blend the soap before pouring into a mold.
  • Pour into a mold as soon as it gels because if you wait too long it might foam and bring about air bubbles.
  • Let it set up a couple of days, pop it from the molds and let it age a week or two.
Have fun! I’m sure you’ll discover, as we have, that rebatching soap is a rewarding endeavor. Feel free to post your soap rebatching comments, success stories and failures on our blog. We hope to hear from you.

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    1,000 pounds of soap donated by Orlando hotels

    Clean the World Foundation has now collected over 1,000 pounds of donated soap and shampoo from Orlando area hotels.

    Our hotel partners include Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Select, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Marriott Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott.

    We’d like to thank these partners for their donated soap and shampoo as we embark on a mission to save lives by recycling and distributing it to local homeless shelters and impoverished countries worldwide. These “early-adopters” are making a difference in people’s lives and we congratulate them on their commitment to our recycling efforts.

    Please visit their fine establishments whenever you’re visiting Orlando.

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