Is Virginia’s Hotel Floyd the GREENEST hotel you have ever seen?

Up early, working on a great opportunity to deliver soap to those that need it most, and figured I would catch up on a blog. This early morning treat is sponsored by and for our good friend, Jeremy! 🙂

Now here is a great addition to the Clean the World family of Hotel Partners- The Hotel Floyd located in downtown Floyd, Virginia. From reviewing the site, this quaint, beautifully decorated hotel has all the accomoations and receives rave reviews from its guest. Seems “standard” at first….
But a deeper review and you realize, this may be THE GREENEST hotel we have in our family. Hotel Floyd is not only committed to a great stay, but they have built a property around the notions of Sustainability and Eco-Friendly.

This excerpt was taken from their home page: “Built in 2007 employing the latest green technologies, along with sustainable building materials and furnishings, Hotel Floyd is a designated “Virginia Green Lodging” establishment, adhering to its core values and beyond. From state-of-the-art Geothermal heating & cooling, to eco-friendly paints, fabrics, and renewable bamboo floors; each aspect reflecting our commitment to thoughtful choices for a sustainable future. But these are just the bones…”

Want some more, you must visit this Green Design page on their site: http://hotelfloyd.com/virginiawineries.aspx. From bamboo flooring, to eco friendly paints and a Onity energy management solutions energy system that incorporates efficiency and ENERGY STAR appliances and so much more, I can confidently make this claim and challenge:

The Hotel Floyd is the most Green and Energy Efficient hotel I have ever seen… Visit the above page, read all the details, and then I challenge you to find a more Green and Sustainable hotel!

Close to our heart, Hotel Floyd also uses eco-friendly soaps and shampoos. But guess what they did as soon as they heard about Clean the World on the CBS evening news: they contacted us and signed up for our soap and shampoo recycling program. So now all the slightly used soap and bathroom amenities will be sent to Orlando where Clean the World will completely sterilize, recycle, sanitize and re-package the soaps and shampoos for delivery to homeless shelters and impoverished people abroad suffering high mortality rates from a lack of hygiene.

Think about this- the Hotel Floyd already features soap and shampoo that is eco-friendly. Even the packaging is safe for the environment. But their commitment and dedication to re-purposing these amenities as a life saving necessity speaks volumes about their heart. That is Awesome! And for that, speaking on behalf of the entire CTW family, we are very grateful!

Thank you Hotel Floyd for your true commitment to a truly Green, Sustainable, and Eco- Friendly hotel. And Thank you for your true commitment to Saving Lives!

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International House New Orleans ON BOARD with a Busy Clean the World !!

My apologies for being absent the past few days… Keeping up with the Clean the World blog on a frequent, even daily basis is indeed challenging. The time to blog is one major component of course but the biggest challenge at Clean the World revolves around how much we have going on!

It is amazing how much is happening right now. Individuals continue to email with support and inquiries on how they can help. We have new hotel partners joining the program every day and countless inquiring on a weekly basis. We are in a number of partnership discussions with great organizations and corporations that want to help be a part of changing history- one soap bar and bottle of shampoo at a time!
Stay tuned as have a number of exciting announcements to make over the next few weeks.
In the middle of so much happening, I thought it is a great time to spotlight one of our newest Hospitality Partners: International House in New Orleans, LA.

In the spirit of so much happening, International House fits perfectly. A quick review of their web site at http://www.ihhotel.com/index.html describes an incredibly beautiful and eventful property in the heart of New Orleans, just blocks from the French Quarter. You must take a moment to visit their home page and checkout the wonderful pictures of their property.

One of the most unique features of the International House is their commitment to honoring and showcasing the incredible history and diversity of New Orleans. Within the properties decor and in an open celebration with their guest, International House describes the various and unique rituals you will find throughout the year here: http://www.ihhotel.com/rituals.html

And now they can add another unique feature. They are 1 of 100 properties across the United States Saving Lives and Saving our Planet through the recycling of the partially used, slightly reduced bars of soap and bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion. They are the first in New Orleans! In addition to honoring the history and culture of New Orleans, which has a large Haitian community, International House is also support the country of Haiti which is in desperate need of these life saving amenities.

Do me a favor- the next time you visit New Orleans. Stop by or stay at the International House and thank them for their commitment to Clean the World and Saving Lives.

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Hard Rock Hotel- Chicago becomes First Windy City Soap Recycler!

Standing 40 stories tall on Chicago’s historic Michigan Avenue, the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago has joined Clean the World’s Hospitality Recycling Progam.

It is fitting that this stylish, innovative hotel that really embodies the American spririt has become the first hotel in Chicago to use Clean the World to reycle their bathroom amenities, preventing needless land fill waste and instead enuring that United States homeless shelters and impoverished people around the word are receiving these life saving necessities.

Benjamin, Hard Rock’s Director of Operations, quickly understood the benefits to the Hard Rock Hotel, the Chicagoland environment and those being helped after speaking to Calum Maclean from Clean the World. He championed our cause and led the way for more properties in our favorite Windy City to join.

During my annual trek to the historic Wrigley Field next year (and home to my favorite basebal team), I can’t wait to visit Benjamin and the Hard Rock Hotel staff to personally thank them for their commitment to Saving our Planet and SAVING LIVES!

Check out their very cool web site here: http://www.hardrockhotelchicago.com/

Thank you Hard Rock Chicago for joining Clean the World’s cause!!!

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Ocean Reef Club becomes Flagship Key Largo Partner!

What an incredibly beautiful property!

Paul Till and I had the pleasure of staying an evening last week at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, FL. Ocean Reef, located just south of Homestead, Florida, features EVERYTHING- from golf, fitness centers, multiple pools, and a private lagoon to shopping, a movie theatre, private living and fabulous hotel accomdations. The spacioius rooms we stayed in were spectacular with roman tubs, marble showers, very comfortable beds, work areas and private balconies. The rooms were truly beautiful. We even dined with our great friend and champion Fayth (she spearheaded our recycling programs adoption at Ocean Reef), at the Islander and enjoyed everything from sushi to prime rib with “blood orange” tea to help it all go down… wow!

And now the Ocean Reef Club can tout another very important feature to add to their robust portfolio- they recycle soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion amenities to SAVE LIVES! By joining our program, Ocean Reef becomes the southern most property in the United States to work with Clean the World and the first and flagship property in Key Largo, FL.

We had the pleasure of meeting the entire Ocean Reef green team and many other staff members. They are wonderful people committed to the environment and doing their part by reducing landfill waste, recycling and preventing the spread of diseases domestically and abroad through soap distribution.

Paul Astbury, the President of the Ocean Reef Club, runs a beautiful establishment in Key Largo and should be very proud of his people, property, and contributions to social responsibility initiatives and corporate sustainability!

Visit their site today: http://oceanreef.com/and be sure to book your next stay in Key Largo at Ocean Reef!

Can’t wait to go back…

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2 Palm Beach County Hotels Join Clean the World’s Recycling Program!

We are incredibly happy to announce the newest hotel additions to the Clean the World recycling partnership program.

In Palm Beach County, two truly spectacular properties, The Breakers and Hotel Biba have signed up and are now collecting soap, bath gel, shampoo, conditioner and lotions that would have otherwise been discarded. Committed to reducing unneccesary land fill waste in the Palm Beach County area and recycling, The Breakers and Hotel Biba are helping Clean the World SAVE LIVES! The recycled and sterlized products will be distributed to Palm Beach County homeless shelters and impoverished people worldwide!

Please visit their web sites for more information and book your next stay in Palm Beach at either The Breakers: http://www.thebreakers.com/ or Hotel Biba: http://www.hotelbiba.com/

Have a great day!!

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Welcome The Colcord Hotel in Oklahoma City, OK

We are extremely pleased to announce our newest hotel partner, the beautiful Colcord Hotel located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Colcord Hotel is the first Oklahoma hotel to partner with Clean the World after the state of Oklahoma became the first state to officially partner with Clean the World. Oklahoma’s ECO (Encouraging Conservation in Oklahoma) program was “created to promote, encourage and develop sustainable travel practices in Oklahoma. Through a dynamic partnership between the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, the ECO program offers the education, certification and marketing support businesses need to provide effective sustainable travel practices economically.” For more information, please see the entire program here: http://travelok.com/eco/index.asp

Clean the World is an ECO Advocate within the program. Through the partnership, spearheaded by our dear friend and champion Jessica Blackstock, Clean the World will continue to add hotel partners from the great and beautiful state of Oklahoma to our vital, planet and life saving recycling program!

I had the pleasure of staying a night at the Colcord Hotel while visiting the Oklahoma Tourism and ECO team immediately following my last visit to Haiti. This one of kind, boutique hotel, was originally built in 1910 and was previously a commercial building prior to its $16 million renovation and transformation to a hotel 3 years ago. When it was built, its 12 stories made it the first skyscraper in Oklahoma City.

I can personally attest to its elegance and beauty. The food is wonderful and the staff is extremely friendly. I had the pleasure of personally meeting Jeff Erwin, the Colcord Hotel’s General Manager. The hotel takes on the personality of its GM, as he is a vibrant, energetic, and professional hotelier, committed to Oklahoma’s environment and, as a member of the Clean the World hotel partner program, Saving Lives!

If you have a chance to visit Oklahoma City, we encourage you to book your hotel stay at the Colcord Hotel: http://www.colcordhotel.com/

Have a great week!

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CTW recognizes partners

We are grateful for the many Central Florida Marriott hotels that have become valuable Clean The World partners, and we’re excited about the growth opportunities as we team up with other Marriott properties locally and across the United States. In recent weeks, we have engaged with Residence Inn Orlando Sea World, Residence Inn Orlando International Drive, JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Renaissance Orlando Hotel at Sea World, Marriott Village and several smaller Marriott properties around Central Florida.

If you’ve ever stayed in Daytona Beach, you have probably visited one of the 20-plus hotels that comprise the Ocean Waters Hotel Group। The locally owned lodging group is an enthusiastic supporter of CTW, and all their Daytona Beach-area hotels are now donating their barely used soap and shampoo to the cause.

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CTWF adds Sheraton Suites to list of partners

Sheraton Suites at the Orlando International Airport became a participating partner of CTWF today bringing the total number of hotels donating discarded soap and shampoo to nine.

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Hawthorn Suites loves us … and we love them!

We had a great meeting today with the assistant general manager of Hawthorn Suites at Orlando International Airport, Mercedes Ithier-Rivera. At around 10 am five members of CTWF barged into the hotel with her Participating Partner plaque in hand and Mercedes was there to welcome us with open arms.

Bobby, our videographer, captured some wonderful footage of the plaque presentation and words of appreciation from both Mercedes and Shawn Seipler, our executive director. Mercedes gave us a tour of the facilities as we discussed the guest and environmental benefits our services provide.

Hawthorn Suites is one the first hotels to join the partnership program and is 100 percent on board with our soap and shampoo recycling efforts. It was a pleasure to finally meet Mercedes and we look forward to developing our partnership in the future.

Visit their website at www.hawthorn.com

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