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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. – (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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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

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

 

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

 

 

McLEAN, 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
kristen.wells@hilton.com
+1.571.421.6655

 

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.

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.

Buy socially conscious, high-quality Marlowe skin care products to support our mission

marloweClean the World is proud to announce our partnership with Marlowe skin care products. Marlowe makes sophisticated skin care products for socially conscious individuals. With each purchase of a Marlowe product at Target stores and Target.com, a portion of the proceeds supports soap distribution and hygiene education for those most susceptible to hygiene-related illnesses.

From a plethora of lotion options, to men-specific skin care, there is something for the whole family. You can feel good about the impact you make with your purchase.

In a market full of options and opportunity, it is a pleasure to discover Marlowe. This unisex skin care line is simplistic and full of nourishing essentials. With extracts of passionflower fruit, green tea, sea algae, and willow bark, these products have the “M Blend” to keep your skin at its best. No need to travel the globe researching the perfect skincare regimen. With Marlowe, it’s spelled out.

Each product is made in the USA, paraben and phthalate-free – and cruelty-free. Earthy blends of bergamot, citrus, sandalwood and musk to water lily, bamboo leaf and teakwood, embody the influences from around the world.

Gentlemen rejoice! The men’s skincare line from Marlowe is the perfect balance of artistic masculinity. To be a Marlowe man means to be an explorer, to try new things, see things differently, and revitalize life. With subtle scents of agarwood, sandalwood, musk, and citrus, discover the perfect products for you. With classic options like shave cream and bar soap, to modern essentials such as facial cleanser and beard oil, you can express yourself with something new in your morning routine.

This boutique line is for those looking for fulfillment and product with purpose. While you are trying to get the perfect perspective in your point and shoot camera, you can be confident in Marlowe’s angle. So treat your self to something luxurious while improving lives around the globe. Check out the Marlowe product line at Target and follow our social media channels for all the updates.

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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Press release: Final Draft 05/11/15

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.

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.

 

Press Release: Sysco Guest Supply Partnership


Sysco Guest Supply Saves Lives Through Donation to Clean the World


Operational Assistance Significantly Reduce Shipping Costs for Hotel Partners

ORLANDO, Fla. — (Nov. 18, 2013) – Through a combination of in-kind and operational donations, Sysco Guest Supply is powering Clean the World’s Global Hygiene Revolution to save more lives by distributing hygiene products.
Clean the World’s simple mission is to recycle hotel soap and save lives. The organization has partnered with more than 2,000 lodging properties to put life-saving hygiene products in the hands of those who need them most. 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 14 million bars of soap around the world.

Sysco Guest Supply, a recognized leader in the lodging and hospitality supply industry, transports and consolidates used soap and bottled amenities from many of Clean the World’s hotel partners. In addition to logistical assistance, they will manufacture new bars of soap for Clean the World. Those bars will be made using unused surplus that otherwise would be discarded from the Sysco Guest Supply production line.

“The cost of shipping used soap from hotels to our North American Recycling Operational Centers is one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced from the beginning,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and executive director of Clean the World. “By transporting used soap through their existing truck routes and 10 North American distribution centers, Sysco Guest Supply allows us to focus more of our budget on soap distribution and hygiene education. The cost reduction will make it possible for even more hotels to join the Global Hygiene Revolution.”

About Clean the World Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the world. Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from nearly 2,000 hospitality partners to children and families in countries suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 14 million bars of soap in nearly 70 countries. Through the “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to the homeless and families in transition throughout North America. More information: http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld

About Sysco Guest Supply

Founded in 1979, Sysco Guest Supply, a lodging industry leader, provides personal care amenities, bath and bed linens, housekeeping and janitorial supplies, room accessories, small appliances, furniture, fixtures, and equipment, to more than 20,000 chain and independent properties in 88 countries. Its global manufacturing and distribution capabilities allow the organization to deliver more than 30,000 quality products. More information: www.guestsupply.com

CONTACT:
John Terry
Clean the World
jterry@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com

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Hotels for Hope Partners With Clean the World

The following press release was issued by Hotels for Hope to announce our partnership.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Oct. 15, 2013 – Hotels for Hope, the Austin, Texas-based hotel brokerage company, today announced its partnership with Clean the World, the social enterprise that distributes recycled soap and hygiene products from hospitality partners to children and families in countries suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children – acute respiratory infection and diarrheal diseases.

Clean the World joins Hotels for Hope’s current list of charitable partner organizations that focus on humanitarian aid. Through the partnership, Clean the World will benefit from Hotels for Hope’s model for giving, which contributes $2 for every room night stay to charitable partner organizations that seek to help children live happier and healthier lives. Announcing the partnership today is significant because this is Global Handwashing Day. The worldwide celebration aims to raise awareness about the benefits of washing hands with soap.

“We are thrilled to partner with Clean the World,” Hotels for Hope founder, Neil Goldman said. “By aligning with other entities within the hospitality industry that are focused on the advancement of human welfare, we are making great strides toward our goal of changing the way the industry as a whole operates and advancing social responsibility. The partnership with Clean the World provides a unique opportunity to make a positive impact both locally and across the globe.”

Hotels for Hope will also serve as the hotel booking engine for Clean the World’s hospitality partners at www.cleantheworld.org. This allows Clean the World’s nearly 2,000 hospitality partners to be prominently featured so consumers may easily and intentionally book rooms at hotels that partner with Clean the World. Hotels for Hope will donate $2 for every room night stay to Clean the World. Each donation will pay for a hygiene kit through Clean the World’s ONE Project, which provides much-needed hygiene supplies to the homeless and families in transition throughout North America.

“Hotels for Hope’s concept of turning room nights into social change is perfectly in line with our mission,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and executive director of Clean the World. “With support from the hospitality industry, we can dramatically reduce hygiene-related deaths simply by giving people soap and proper education on how and when to use the soap. This partnership will directly benefit Clean the World through financial contributions, and also provide indirect benefits by driving business to our hospitality partners.”

To date, Hotels for Hope has donated more than $200k to its charitable partners. For more information or to book rooms, visit www.hotelsforhope.org.

About Hotels for Hope 

Hotels for Hope provides hotel brokerage services to large groups through a simple business model that contributes $2 for every room night stay to charitable organizations that seek to help children live happier and healthier lives. Since its inception, Hotels for Hope has donated more than $200k. For more information, visit www.hotelsforhope.com.

About Clean the World 

Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the world. Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from nearly 2,000 hospitality partners to children and families in countries suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 14 million bars of soap in nearly 70 countries. Through the “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to the homeless and families in transition throughout North America. For more information, visit http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld
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Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Helps Clean the World

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has partnered with Orlando-based social enterprise Clean the World to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases.

The soaps collected by Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will be shipped to Clean the World for recycling and distribution to communities and countries in greatest need through the efforts of Clean the World Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.

Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities. In just three years of operation the charitable and philanthropic Clean the World Foundation has distributed more than 11 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States, Haiti and more than 55 countries worldwide.

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has a total of 500 rooms and is projected to provide nearly 45,000 bars of soap and bottled amenities – more than three tons – to Clean the World annually, which is enough to provide hygiene supplies and comfort for thousands of children and families worldwide each year. AAA Four Diamond rated Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is the largest hotel in Delaware and one of only five hotels in the State to participate in the Clean the World initiative.

Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases that can be prevented by washing with bar soap. Clean the World has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions.

“We are proud to continue to be aggressive in implementing programs that ensure energy and recycling sustainability practices throughout our property,” said Ed Sutor, president and CEO of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. “These measures have allowed us to reduce waste in landfills and conserve energy, which ultimately reduces our overall impact on the environment. Allowing our unused soaps to be
distributed by Clean the World to those who would not otherwise have access to them is a win for all of us and the right thing to do.”

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino unveiled in October 2011 its newest phase of their sustainability program, providing for the sorting of recyclable and non-recyclable materials (of approximately 192 tons annually). The program is reducing the company’s impact on the landfill by more than 50%. The company also recently completed the first step of the Green Concierge Certification Program, developed by Hospitality Green, New York, which provides a third–party audit for performance-based improvements. All of these efforts are coupled with an energy saving program that began in 2006 when they partnered with Seiberlich Trane to create and implement a companywide energy savings plan.

Clean the World has partnered with 1,500 hotel properties in North America to provide soaps and bottled amenities to people in need. While doing so, the organization has also fulfilled a valuable environmental mission by diverting an estimated 1.5 million lbs. (750 tons) of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.

“Our hotel partners are the driving forces behind our global hygiene revolution,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO at Clean the World. “By making a commitment to sustainable, socially responsible programs in the hospitality industry, partners such as Dover Downs Hotel & Casino are using the leftover resources of soaps and bottled amenities to help save lives. Together, we are turning trash into treasure every single day.”

Clean the World Foundation has a mission to provide soap where needed to help improve hygiene and sanitation conditions, to lessen the impact of disease, and to promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide. 

About Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino® is a premier gaming and entertainment resort destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. Gaming operations consist of approximately 2,500 slots and a full complement of table games including poker. The AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel is Delaware’s largest with 500 luxurious rooms/suites and amenities including a full-service spa/salon, concert hall and 41,500 sq. ft. of multi-use event space. Live, world-class harness racing is featured November through April, and horse racing is simulcast year-round. Professional football parlay betting is accepted during the season. Additional property amenities include multiple restaurants from fine dining to casual fare, bars/lounges and retail shops. For more information, please visit www.doverdowns.com. 

About Clean the World Foundation, Inc.
Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. The Foundation executes its mission of saving millions of lives around the globe by leading a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families suffering from high death rates due to the
top two killers of children worldwide – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera).

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Clean the World Partners Win National Achievement Awards

In June, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) announced the winners of the AH&LH Achievement Awards. The recognition was part of the annual Stars of the Industry Awards, which honor stand-out initiatives at hotel properties. In a ceremony held during the AH&LA Summer Summit at the InterContinental Houston near the Galleria, these awards were presented to individual hotels that developed outstanding programs, events, and campaigns.

Winners were chosen in the categories of Community Service, Special Events, Guest Relations, Good Earthkeeping, Diversity, and Technology Innovation. Hotels honored at the event included the following Clean the World partners:

     – Community Service, Small Property: Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
     – Community Service, Medium Property: Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, Seattle, WA
     – Outstanding Community Service, Large Property: Four Seasons, Scottsdale, AZ
     – Special Events, Ongoing, Small Property: Sanctuary on Camelback, Paradise Valley, AZ
     – Special Events, Ongoing, Medium Property: Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, MO
     – Special Events, Ongoing, Large Property: Westin Copley, Boston, MA
     – Special Events, One-time Only, Medium Property: Ames Hotel, Boston, MA
     – Special Events, One-time Only, Large Property: Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.
     – Guest Relations, Small Property: Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix, AZ
     – Good Earthkeeping, Large Property: Emory Conference Center Hotel, Atlanta, GA
     – Prism (for Diversity), Medium Property: Four Seasons, Boston, MA. 

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers.
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Best Western International Partners with Clean the World

Summary: The World’s Biggest Hotel Family® to encourage recycling of guest room soaps and bottled amenities to stop the spread of preventable diseases among children worldwide

 With a healthy number of hotel properties worldwide, Best Western International has pledged to leverage its respected brand to protect our planet and help improve global health and hygiene.

Best Western International, THE WORLD’S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILY®, has partnered with Clean the World on an agreement to recycle all guest room soaps, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, and lotions to help stop the spread of fatal, yet preventable, diseases in communities around the world.

The Phoenix-based hotel chain has the potential to add more than 2,100 hotel properties in North America to Clean the World’s growing list of more than 1,300 hospitality partners that are participating in amenities recycling. The Best Western properties represent more than 175,000 hotel rooms.

The alliance between Clean the World and Best Western International was facilitated by a mutual partner, Marietta Corporation, which supplies amenities to many Best Western properties. Marietta Corporation has made significant donations of hygiene-related products to Clean the World during the past three years, including soap shipments for Haiti before and after the Jan. 2010 earthquake that devastated much of that island nation.

Best Western and Clean the World also have strong ties with World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization serving children and families in more than 100 countries. World Vision serves as Clean the World’s largest global distribution partner for soaps and hygiene-related items, and acts as Best Western’s official charity partner.

With this agreement Clean the World becomes an “Endorsed Supplier” for Best Western International properties, which should pave the way for large numbers of those properties to adopt the soap recycling program at the local level. The partnership becomes effective April 1.

Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases that can be prevented by washing with bar soap. Clean the World has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions and to lessen the impact of disease and promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.

Clean the World is an Orlando-based social enterprise committed to saving lives with soap by collecting, recycling and distributing hotel guest room amenities to children and families in the United States, Canada, and more than 45 countries. Additionally, Clean the World has helped divert more than 1.4 million lbs. of hotel waste from local landfills through its sustainability efforts.

“We were impressed by the mission of Clean the World to save lives with soap and to protect the planet by diverting hotel waste,” says Rich Bennett, vice president of supply and design at Best Western International. “Clean the World’s goals are compatible with our corporate emphasis on sustainability and social responsibility, and we hope our guests will feel better about themselves for choosing to stay at a Best Western property that has the potential to improve health and hygiene habits around the world.”

Clean the World recently achieved a major milestone with the global distribution of more than 10 million soap bars in just three years of operation. Earlier this month Clean the World, through a network of global distribution partners, delivered soaps to Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and Kenya in addition to frequent domestic distributions to children and families at homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and missions. The soaps are often packaged as part of sustainable hygiene kits, which include recycled bottled amenities and other hygiene-related items collected from Clean the World hotel partners throughout North America.

“Clean the World was founded with the mission of recycling soap and saving lives,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder at Clean the World. “We started in a small Orlando kitchen just three years ago and have grown exponentially to collect, recycle and distribute 10 million soap bars to communities in more than 45 countries. The entire experience has been phenomenal, and we welcome the partnership of Best Western International to spread our sustainability message far and wide.”

ABOUT CLEAN THE WORLD FOUNDATION INC.
Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. The Foundation executes its mission of saving millions of lives around the globe by leading a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children worldwide – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). For more information visit:
www.cleantheworld.org. Text CLEAN to 20222 to donate $10 to help Clean the World.

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL INC. 
Best Western International,Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a privately held hotel brand made up of more than 4,100* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in more than 100* countries and territories worldwide. Now celebrating 66 years of hospitality, Best Western welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests nightly. Best Western provides its hoteliers with global operational, sales, marketing and promotional support, and online and mobile booking capabilities. More than 13 million travelers are members of the brand’s award-winning loyalty program Best Western Rewards®, one of the few programs in which members earn points that never expire and can redeem at any Best Western hotel worldwide. The brand’s partnerships with AAA/CAA, racecar driver Michael Waltrip, and Harley-Davidson® provide travelers with exciting ways to interact with the brand. Best Western in 2011 was named AAA’s and CAA’s Hotel Partner of the Year and bestwestern.com was named the 2011 Compuware Best of the Web Gold award winner. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit 
www.bestwestern.com. 

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Elite Meetings Alliance Helps Clean the World

Clean the World has partnered with Elite Meetings International (EMI) to deliver sustainable and socially responsible programs to meeting planner professionals in the hospitality industry.

The partnership, highlighted through a series of exclusive trade shows that feature influential meeting professionals and marketing leaders, helps deliver innovation, best practices, and greater efficiencies for planners aiming to do business with luxury hotels and resorts.

Clean the World CEO and Co-Founder Shawn Seipler is a featured presenter at the upcoming Elite Meetings Alliance gathering, April 22-24 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Seipler will lead an educational session for meeting professionals on the topic of “How to Engage Attendees Sustainably, Socially, and Clean the World!” It is not to be missed.


If you plan meetings or events for groups of 25 or more with room nights of $200 or above and would like to join us at the EMA, Elite Meetings has a special offer for friends of Clean the World.
A donation of $50 will be made to Clean the World for each meeting professional who registers online for the EMA event by using the promotion code “Clean.”  Space is limited, so register now to secure your place at this exclusive event.


Elite Meetings Alliance
brings together prequalified corporate and association planners with leaders in the luxury hotel industry to cultivate relationships and conduct business. And any opportunity to recycle soaps and bottled amenities during the process is certainly an added benefit. The EMA will be attended by a host of top meeting and incentive planners, as well as hoteliers representing Elite Certified hotels.

This is Seipler’s second time addressing an EMA audience. In January, at the EMA held at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Seipler shared the compelling story of the genesis of Clean the World’s global hygiene revolution, and how meeting planners can help make it a worldwide success.

Also, by virtue of Elite Meetings International’s participation in Clean the World’s Meeting Planner Recycle Program, 151 lbs. of soap and bottled amenities were collected for Clean the World during that three-day event.

The EMA event offers fantastic networking opportunities for meeting professionals, continuing education classes like the one about Clean the World, and chances to earn Certified Meeting Professional credits.

Other presenters at the EMA event include longtime Clean the World supporter and friend Midori Connolly, CEO of Pulse Staging and Events. Midori is an industry expert on green audio visual (AV) staging for live events, a Platinum Speaker for Meeting Professional International (MPI), and Director on the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) International Board of Directors.

Jonathan Bradshaw, founder and CEO of The Meetology Group and “Reboot Your Brain” columnist for MPI’s One+ magazine, will serve as keynote speaker.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to share our story and give meeting professionals a chance to embrace sustainability and socially responsible programs,” Seipler says. “Clean the World has attracted many meeting professionals to our program, and we’ve learned a lot through our interactions with professionals in this industry. It’s exciting to think of the brainpower and innovation that will be displayed at EMA, and I’m looking forward to learning as I recruit others to join our global hygiene revolution.”

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Sysco Guest Supply Comes Through Again

Thanks to our friends at Sysco Guest Supply in New Jersey for completing another impressive production run on behalf of Clean the World.

David J. Baron, soap operations supervisor at Guest Packaging, LLC, confirmed that his team processed nearly 88,000 soap bars (3 oz. apiece), which filled 14 pallets. The soaps produced by Sysco Guest Supply will be distributed by Children International, one of Clean the World’s prominent global distribution partners, to help stop the spread of preventable diseases in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries.

Since Clean the World’s founding in 2009, Sysco Guest Supply has donated more than 50,000 lbs. of soap, bottled amenities, cleaning products, tissue paper and paper towels to Clean the World’s soap recycling efforts.
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Sysco Guest Supply Processes Soap for Clean the World

Thank goodness for solid partnerships. Sysco Guest Supply stepped up to help Clean the World process soaps to fulfill a World Vision delivery of soaps that will be distributed worldwide.

Guest Supply generously provided multiple shifts of workers at its New Jersey soap processing facility to press more than 29,000 lbs. of soap provided by Clean the World’s hotel partners into 309,600 soap bars (1.5 oz. per bar). The soap bars were boxed, palletized and placed on World Vision trucks for distribution to communities in need in more than 45 countries.

“Our team is pleased and proud to know that the Clean the World bars they helped produce are destined to save lives,” says Bob Stegman, vice president of manufacturing at Sysco Guest Supply.

Since Clean the World’s founding in 2009, Guest Supply has donated more than 35,000 lbs. of soap, bottled amenities, cleaning products, tissue paper and paper towels to Clean the World’s soap recycling efforts.

“We are blessed to have such generous and supportive partnerships,” says Shawn Seipler, co-founder and CEO at Clean the World. “We’re grateful for Guest Supply’s generosity, and we are humbled to hear of the excitement and passion its employees have for working with our soaps. When you realize that the work you do has meaning beyond a paycheck, it really makes life more rewarding, and we sincerely appreciate the efforts of each individual who helps us advance our mission to save lives with soap.”

Guest Supply’s commitment to Clean the World continues into the future. The company will press another 20,000 lbs. of soap on behalf of Clean the World in the next week.

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World Vision Loads First Truck with Soap from Soap Press

How’s this for an immediate return on investment?

The Clean the World soap press is already providing dividends in the form of soap to be delivered in communities overseas.

World Vision, one of Clean the World’s largest non-governmental organization (NGO) distribution partners, sent a truck to Clean the World headquarters in Orlando on Oct. 18, to pick up freshly recycled soap bars. And there was plenty to pick up when they arrived.

The truck was filled with 20 pallets of soaps – an estimated 103,680 bars of soap – that will soon find its way into the hands of children and families in need.

World Vision has field offices in countries all around the world. Soaps provided by Clean the World are distributed as part of hygiene kits in communities where soaps are in short supply, and often where regular hand washing with soap can mean the difference between life and death. Click here for a list of countries where Clean the World and World Vision have partnered to distribute soaps.

This first pickup of freshly pressed soaps from Clean the World represents the beginning of bi-monthly pickups for World Vision. Two truckloads of soap each month will be processed, packaged, picked up and placed in communities of greatest need.

And World Vision is not the only partner distributing soaps from Clean the World. A new partnership with Children International kicks off in late October with a similar arrangement. Two trucks each month will be filled with Clean the World soaps and included in Children International deliveries to Asia, with a specific emphasis on communities in Philippines.

Harvest Time International makes regular monthly pickups of bottled amenities for distribution to foreign countries and also to domestic homeless shelters and missions.

Clean the World works with a number of NGO partners to distribute soaps and bottled amenities, and we’re always looking for more. If you know of or work for an organization that would like to distribute hygiene items from Clean the World, please contact Rosanna Kingston (rkingston@ctw2.wpstagecoach.com) to work out the arrangements.

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Sheraton Safari: Clean the World’s 100th Starwood Partner

The next time you go on safari you will be helping Clean the World.

More accurately, the next time you stay at Sheraton Safari Hotel near Walt Disney World, your soaps and bottled amenities will be recycled by Clean the World.

In September, Sheraton Safari Hotel became the 100th Starwood Hotel and Resort property to partner with Clean the World Hospitality Partnership Program. Sheraton Safari Hotel, which sits at the edge of Walt Disney World property in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is undergoing an extensive renovation, but that did not slow the growing enthusiasm among the property team for joining the soap recycling program.

“The entire staff is really excited,” says Randy Guidicelli, executive housekeeper at Sheraton Safari Hotel. “Our general manager, Mark Politte and our management company, Aimbridge Hospitality, are both very supportive of the Clean the World program.”

Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced a corporate partnership with Clean the World on April 22nd – Earth Day. The announcement gave corporate approval to the efforts of individual Starwood properties that had already been involved with the Clean the World amenities recycling program.

“We’ve been looking into joining the Clean the World program throughout the year and felt it is very valuable and something to which we could easily contribute,” Guidicelli says. “It’s been amazing to learn how many people receive recycled soap around the world from all of our properties.”

Sheraton Safari Hotel was recently notified in early September by the Starwood corporate office that the property was the 100th to join Clean the World.

“We received a call from Starwood Corporate and they congratulated our housekeeping team for joining the Clean the World program,” he says. “In only a few weeks, our property is filling the Clean the World recycling bins quickly. We expect to be a large contributor of soaps and bottled amenities to Clean the World, and our staff is motivated to make this a success.”

The staff at Sheraton Safari Hotel celebrated International Housekeepers Week with daily events of appreciation to honor the tremendous efforts of the housekeeping team. Each department at Sheraton Safari Hotel participated in the celebration, offering an ice cream social, pizza party, luncheon and a potluck celebration to end the week.

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Preferred Hotel Group: ‘Gives Me Goosebumps’



”I just couldn’t believe that all of us in the hotel industry were throwing away soap on a daily basis that could save thousands of lives… “The fact that Clean the World came up with the concept to clean the soap, repackage it and give it to children around the world who really need it is just unbelievable… “

“And it has to make our guests feel good. If the guests who are using the soaps in our beautiful hotels know that those soaps will then be cleaned and sent around the world to help children, it just has to be such a great feeling. It makes them feel good, it makes me feel good… The thought gives me goosebumps. I just couldn’t pass it up.” – Thom Nulty, Senior Vice President, Business Relations, Preferred Hotel Group

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TD Bank Grants $15,000 to “Serve and Learn” Program

Students in Orange County, Florida (home of Orlando and Clean the World headquarters) are preparing to do a lot of soap recycling this year.

Thanks to a generous grant by TD Bank an estimated 600 students throughout the region will participate in a program with Clean the World to help bring soap and hygiene education resources to children in the United States, Canada, Haiti and more than 40 countries.

TD Bank recently awarded $15,000 to Clean the World to help fund the “Serve and Learn Program,” a service-learning project aimed at middle and high school students in public and private schools and organized youth groups. Participating students will volunteer for community service at Clean the World’s downtown Orlando recycling operations center (ROC) and will help prepare soaps for recycling and distribution to domestic communities and foreign countries in desperate need of hygiene supplies and education.

The goal of the Clean the World Serve and Learn Program is to integrate meaningful community service to enrich the learning experience for students, while also teaching civic responsibility and helping to strengthen the local community.
“TD Bank really stepped up for us with this effort, and we are very grateful for this generous grant,” says Rosanna Kingston, volunteer and special projects coordinator at Clean the World. “The students will learn first-hand about how to improve personal hygiene, the process by which we sanitize and recycle hotel soaps, and the importance of sustainability and socially responsible stewardship. It should be a really awesome program.”

Each year Clean the World hosts roughly 400 youth volunteers from schools, church groups and organizations at the Orlando ROC for interactive volunteering and hygiene education. Students come to the facility to help participate in the soap recycling process and learn more about how everyone can help stop the spread of preventable diseases, such as pneumonia and diarrheal diseases, by regular hand washing with bar soap.

The Serve and Learn Program will be formally introduced by Clean the World through school visits, social media and community events during the 2011-2012 school year.

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Clean the World signs first hotel partner in Puerto Rico

“Bienvenidos a La Isla del Encanto.” Puerto Rico is helping Clean the World.

Rich in history and heritage, and long an attractive target of Clean the World, Puerto Rico is now on our hotel partnership map.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, located at the foot of the lush El Yunque National Rainforest, has partnered with Clean the World to help provide soaps and bottled amenities for needy children and families throughout the Caribbean region. The agreement represents a personal milestone for Clean the World, and an important step in our global expansion.

“There are strong ties to Puerto Rico for many of our Clean the World team members, myself included,” says Shawn Seipler, executive director of Clean the World. “Puerto Rico is a beautiful travel destination with many hotels and resorts that would be ideal partners for soap and guest room amenities recycling. The St. Regis Bahia Beach offers an ideal location for us to begin a broader push for partners throughout the island, and it with mucho orgulloso (much pride) that we welcome the first Puerto Rico-based partner to our Clean the World family.”

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Partners with Clean the World

– First corporate partner to join Clean the World’s efforts to promote a global hygiene revolution

– Guest room soaps and bottled amenities from a potential list of 500 Starwood hotels in North America may be recycled for worldwide distribution to stop the spread of preventable diseases

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and Clean the World, a social enterprise committed to saving lives and protecting our planet, today announced a corporate agreement to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases. An estimated 1.6 million pounds of hotel soap may be recycled each year through this partnership.

The agreement, potentially involving 500 Starwood hotels in North America, is the first corporate agreement for Clean the World, which now has hospitality partnerships in place with more than 1,000 hotel properties around the globe. Starwood brands include St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element SM.

The Earth Day announcement symbolizes Starwood’s commitment to environmental stability, the reduction of hotel waste, and the benefits of recycling an abundance of hotel soaps and bottled amenities (shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels) as hygiene products to benefit children and families in need. Through this agreement with Clean the World, and by working through its 501 (c) (3) charitable arm, Clean the World Foundation, Starwood will help turn trash into treasure to save lives and improve the global environment.

Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities and, in just two years of operation, has distributed more than 8 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States and more than 40 countries worldwide, including Haiti, Japan, Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, Honduras, Mexico and Albania.

Each day, 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases that can be prevented by washing with bar soap. Clean the World Foundation has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most — to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions , to lessen the impact of disease, and to promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.

“Our North American properties represent more than 176,000 rooms, each of which offer the highest quality soaps and bottled amenities to our guests on a daily basis,” says Denise Coll, president of Starwood Hotels in North America. “This partnership amplifies our commitment to corporate social responsibility, and it also should make every member of our Starwood family feel better about the role they play each day in caring for our Earth and the people who inhabit it.”

Clean the World has partnered with more than 1,000 hotel properties in North America to provide soaps and bottled amenities to people in need. While doing so, the organization has also fulfilled a valuable environmental mission by diverting an estimated 550 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.

“A partnership with Starwood brings tremendous resources and opportunity to help advance our global hygiene revolution,” says Shawn Seipler, executive director of Clean the World. “With hotel properties throughout North America, Starwood will be able to provide an estimated 1.6 million pounds of soap annually to children and families who are desperately in need of better access to hygiene products. Additionally, 2.8 million pounds of Starwood hotel waste may be diverted from landfills each year with the help of Clean the World. It’s this type of hotel partnership – a commitment from an organization with significant scale – that will ultimately help save millions of lives.”

Starwood itself has made history with industry-leading green initiatives. In 2008, the company launched Element, Starwood’s green trailblazer and the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification for high-performance buildings. Across its entire portfolio of brands, Starwood now leads with 15 LEED-certified buildings. And in 2010, the company installed electric-vehicle charging stations at all nine Element hotels across North America. Also in 2010, Starwood set targets to reduce energy and water consumption at all of its owned, managed, and franchised properties by 2020.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,025 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

About Clean the World

Clean the World is a social enterprise committed to saving lives and protecting our planet. It offers sustainable, socially responsible, and charitable programs and services to the international hospitality community. Clean the World Foundation Inc. is the 501 (c) (3) charitable arm of Clean the World. Clean the World Foundation Inc. executes its mission of saving millions of lives around the globe by leading a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children worldwide – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). For more information visit: www.cleantheworld.org. Text CLEAN to 20222 to donate $10 to help Clean the World.

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PRESS RELEASE: SONOMA SOAP COMPANY AND CLEAN THE WORLD CO-BRAND SOAP PRODUCTS TO SAVE LIVES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Orlando, FL — Friday, March 5, 2010— Sonoma Soap Company is adding something to their all-natural line of Sonoma Soap Products. Starting in April 2010 the Sonoma brand will carry the Clean the World logo on its packaging. The co-branded natural bar soaps are part of a unique marketing effort with the non-profit, Clean the World. In addition to the awareness generated by the new packaging, Sonoma will donate a portion of the proceeds of each co-branded bar purchased to help in their mission of saving lives and recycling soap.

“We are proud of this alliance with Clean the World to generate funds and awareness to help save lives and the environment. Through our partnership, Sonoma Soap Company, along with our consumers, can play a role in the fight against illness and death caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease in countries across the globe. Now when you go with Sonoma Soap Company products, you can make good things happen,” said Peter Caparis of Sonoma Soap Company.

Soap Saves Lives
According the World Health Organization, 3.5 million children die from treatable illnesses, including pneumonia and diarrheal disease each year. That is the equivalent of 9,000 children daily. Up to 65% of these deaths could be prevented by simple hand-washing with soap and water. Details of these studies are available at http://localhost:8888/cleantheworld/

Recycling Soap
Each day millions of pounds of soap, shampoo, conditioner and other personal care items are discarded by the hospitality industry as part of their normal housekeeping practices. Clean the World collects these items, sanitizes them and distributes them to people in need around the world. In the 2009, Clean the World has recycled more than 4 million bars of soap and 200,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner, simultaneously eliminating over 380 tons of waste.

Sonoma Green Products
The Sonoma Soap Company’s commitment to the planet is clear: All of their personal care products contain at least 99% natural ingredients, they adhere to green chemistry principles and all product packaging is recyclable.

“The Sonoma brand is a great match for Clean the World. Their commitment to environmental issues and social responsibility makes Sonoma a perfect partner for us.” said Shawn Seipler, executive director and co-founder of Clean the World . “This is a great way to get the word out about our cause and help us reach more people in need.”

About Clean the World, Inc.
An Orlando-based charitable organization, Clean the World, 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 collects discarded soap and shampoo from hotels to be recycled and distributes these soap products along with appropriate educational materials to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished people 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 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.

About Sonoma Soap Company
Sonoma Soap Company, makers of all-natural body care products, recently introduced shampoos, conditioners, liquid soaps, bar soaps, bath and shower gels and body lotions, which, like the artisans before them, capture the essence and organic goodness of California’s wine country.

Every Sonoma Soap Company product is made from a traditional Sonoma blend of certified organic ingredients including lavender, citrus, wildflowers, cedarwood, oatmeal, maple and more. The products are between 99% and 99.7% natural, 100% vegetarian and paraben and phthalate free. The colors and fragrances are 100% pure, with nothing added to alter the lovely natural aromas. Using high-quality natural ingredients results in effective yet gentle cleansing, deep hydration and restorative nourishment for the hair and skin.

Each Sonoma Soap Company variety, including First Crush, Lavender Reserve and Citrus Medley, evokes an authentic Sonoma Valley experience. Products are available at independent health food stores throughout the country. For more information, please visit http://www.sonomasoapcompany.com/ or write to info@sonomasoapcompany.com.

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PRESS RELEASE: Walt Disney World Resort Joins Clean the World in an Innovative Program to Recycle Soap

Orlando, FL. — February 20, 2010 — Walt Disney World Resort hotels are working with Clean the World to recycle all the partially used amenities from their nearly 28,000 Central Florida hotel rooms Clean the World sanitizes the soap and shampoo that would be discarded and distributes these amenities to people in need around the world.

“With the support of with Walt Disney World, even more supplies will reach those in desperate need,” said Paul Till, co-founder and managing director of Clean the World, who is responsible for recruiting new hotels to join the “Clean the World Hospitality Recycling Program.” Through this program, hotels financially contribute a tax-deductible recycling fee in exchange for collection, recycling and free redistribution of partially-used amenities to those suffering due to a lack of available hygiene products. In 2009, Clean the World distributed more than 230 tons of hygiene products to countries worldwide including Haiti, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Uganda, Mali, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mongolia and Romania.

By participating in this program, Walt Disney World Resort hotels are showing a committment to saving lives and protecting the environment.

Clean the World in Haiti
In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Clean the World has stepped up its commitment to provide basic necessities to the impoverished people of the island nation, and has included medical supplies, food, water and other essentials as well. Since January 2010, Clean the World has delivered over 150 tons of supplies directly to Haiti.

In 2009, Clean the World delivered 200,000 bars of soap to schools, orphanages, clinics and churches in Cap Haitien, Haiti. Though its Haitian partnerships and distribution network, Clean the World is providing free soap to people desperate in desperate need for proper hygiene. In Haiti alone, 8,000 children die annually from diarrheal disease, which is preventable by up to 62 % with proper hand washing.

About Clean the World, Inc.
An Orlando-based charitable organization, Clean the World, 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 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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