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

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

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Transforming the Travel Industry One Bar of Soap at a Time

Travel industry cleans up its act

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

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

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


Travel Gives Back

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

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Travel industry cleans up its act

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

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Brand reputation matters

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

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

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

ORLANDO, FLA (PRWEB) APRIL 07, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Univision News Airs Special Series on Clean the World

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clean the World Featured in AP News Story

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

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Press Release: Simple Solution Stops Spread of Ebola

Clean the World issued the following press release today:


Simple Solution Stops Spread of Ebola

Clean the World to Ship 5 Million Soap Bars to West Africa for Operation Soap Blitz

ORLANDO, Fla. — (Nov. 13, 2014) – Ebola cases continue to rise “frighteningly quickly” in parts of Sierra Leone, according to a report from The Africa Governance Initiative (AGI). As transmission accelerates in some areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that hand washing frequently with soap and water is one of the best ways to protect against Ebola. Clean the World is supporting infection-control measures in West Africa by shipping 5 million bars of soap to the region.
Operation Soap Blitz is a new Clean the World campaign with the goal of reducing the spread of viral diseases both overseas and in North America. In addition to sending soap to West Africa, Operation Soap Blitz will provide 100,000 hygiene kits to the homeless and other vulnerable people in need here at home during the cold and flu season.
“As the world’s only large-scale soap recycler, it is our responsibility to step up to the plate and provide hygiene supplies to people who desperately need them,” said Shawn Seipler, founder of Clean the World. “Our mission is to provide soap to those at risk for hygiene-related illnesses. There has never been a better time for us to fulfill that mission.”
Clean the World is a social enterprise that recycles discarded and surplus soap from the hospitality and hygiene industries. Seipler says that when he told the organization’s corporate partners about Operation Soap Blitz, they jumped at the chance to help.
“Las Vegas Sands has a deep and long-standing commitment to giving back,” said Ron Reese, Sands vice president of corporate communications. “Through Sands Cares, our global corporate citizenship program, we strive to contribute in the communities where we operate and in the global community as well. Operation Soap Blitz gives us the opportunity to do both.”
Clean the World is well positioned to send soap where it is needed most. They collaborate with humanitarian organizations with existing distribution channels in the countries battling Ebola.
“This current outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is the largest in history, and the people there need a large supply of soap to stop the spread of the virus,” said Jeff Picken, president of Beaumont Products, Inc., manufacturers of Clearly Natural Personal Care Products. “We felt the need to support Clean the World in Operation Soap Blitz, because their distribution network has a direct line to the affected areas.”
Seipler says Sands Cares is sponsoring 200,000 bars of recycled soap to West Africa. Other sponsorships include 100,000 bars from Clearly Natural, and 100,000 bars from the American Cleaning Institute. Unilever recently donated 280,000 pounds of surplus soap pieces, which Clean the World will re-manufacture into 3-ounce bars and then distribute both domestically and internationally.

About Clean the World

Clean the World 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 more than 2,250 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under 5. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 22 million bars of soap in 96 countries. Through the “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information:

CONTACT:
John Terry
Clean the World
jterry@cleantheworld.org
407-574-8353 Ext. 1028

U.S. Senators Help Clean The World In Bipartisan Hygiene Kit Build

On, Wednesday, Sept. 17, we proved there are no political boundaries when it comes to the battle against hygiene-related illnesses. Legislators from both sides of the aisle joined Clean the World in the U.S. Capitol to promote hand-washing and proper hygiene in advance of Global Handwashing Day on Oct. 15.

To kick off the event in the Capitol’s historic LBJ Room, Clean the World founder Shawn Seipler was joined by the senators from Nevada, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP Sen. Dean Heller.
“I am pleased to join my colleague Senator Heller in promoting the Clean the World’s Capitol Hill Hygiene Kit Building Initiative. These kits will be distributed to those in extreme poverty and to the homeless – including homeless military veterans and their families,” said Senator Reid. “While it may seem routine to most, the simple act of hand-washing helps save lives. Today, we are doing our small part to help all families lead healthier, happier lives.”
Members of congress and other guests then built the first of 50,000 ONE Project hygiene kits that will be assembled and donated to national veterans’ organization U.S.VETS, and The Shade Tree, a women and children’s shelter in Las Vegas.
It was an emotional day for the Clean the World team as we shared our mission with leaders on Capitol Hill. They had a genuine interest in and appreciation for what we have accomplished in just five years.
Thank you so much to the corporate sponsors that made it all possible: the American Cleaning Institute, Dallas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, HelmsBriscoe, Sands Cares, Unilever, and UPS.
Click the photo below to see a slideshow from the “Build on the Hill.”

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Press Release: Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World to Lead Las Vegas Community Build of 100,000 Disaster Relief Hygiene Kits

Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World to Lead Las Vegas Community Build of 100,000 Disaster Relief Hygiene Kits

National Preparedness Month effort mobilizes the Las Vegas community to build a bank of supplies that the American Red Cross will distribute to disaster victims in Las Vegas and throughout the United States

LAS VEGAS – Sept. 8, 2014 – Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) and international nonprofit Clean the World invite the Las Vegas community to join LVS (Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo) Team Members in a two-day volunteer effort to build 100,000 ONE Project hygiene kits for disaster relief efforts conducted by the American Red Cross in the Las Vegas area and for major disasters in the United States.
Underscoring September as National Preparedness Month, LVS will underwrite and host community builds on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21 at The Venetian | The Palazzo as part of the company’s global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares, and its ongoing partnership with Clean the World.
Interested community volunteers ages 8 and above can sign up at http://disasterkitbuild.eventbrite.com for two-hour shifts to assemble ONE Project hygiene kits for disaster relief victims. Throughout the builds, LVS will provide volunteers with free refreshments and ongoing raffles for hotel, restaurant and shopping prizes. Volunteer shifts will run 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.
“We are committed to supporting Clean the World and we know that it’s critical during times of disaster that the necessities we take for granted become the foundation for keeping people healthy and moving ahead,” said Michael Leven, LVS president and chief operating officer. “This community build is an important effort to ensure Clean the World and the American Red Cross can help disaster victims when they most need it. We hope the Las Vegas community will join our Team Members in reaching this ambitious goal to build 100,000 disaster relief hygiene kits in two days.”
Each disaster relief hygiene kit includes soap that was collected from Las Vegas hospitality properties, such as The Venetian | The Palazzo, and recycled through Clean the World’s new soap sanitation and processing equipment, made possible through a $1 million commitment in 2014 by LVS. Other amenities in the kit include shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush and toothpaste, which address the most critical hygiene essentials in a disaster situation.
“With the substantial partnership of Las Vegas Sands, Clean the World will have our largest build ever and the potential to impact so many people in their time of critical need,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and executive director of Clean the World. “The power of our work to drive the global hygiene revolution is amplified by bringing together the generous support of Las Vegas Sands, the tremendous impact of the America Red Cross in disaster relief situations and the amazing volunteer manpower of the Las Vegas community.”
The American Red Cross will distribute the ONE Project hygiene kits to disaster victims in the Las Vegas area and to victims affected during major disasters in the U.S., such as hurricanes and floods. Locally, hygiene kits will be given to families displaced by disasters such as fires and flooding.
“Right in our own backyard, hundreds of families every year find themselves unexpectedly without access to their homes, personal items and sense of security,” said Scott Emerson, CEO for the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter. “These 100,000 kits will make an enormous impact on our ability to provide emergency relief to disaster victims in our region and around the country.”
The disaster relief kit build came about through LVS’ ongoing partnership with Clean the World as part of the company’s global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares. Beyond its corporate philanthropic partnership with Clean the World, LVS also works with the nonprofit organization to drive sustainable practices on its properties. Since 2011, LVS and Clean the World have recycled more than 50 tons of waste from LVS properties into more than 550,000 bars of recycled soap.
For more information about the September 20-21 Disaster Relief Kit Build, or Sands Cares and key corporate citizenship initiatives, please visit www.sandscares.sands.com.
About Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is the world’s leading developer and operator of Integrated Resorts. Our collection of Integrated Resorts in Asia and the United States feature state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facilities, premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, destination retail and dining including celebrity chef restaurants, and many other amenities.
Our properties include the five-diamond Venetian and Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., LVS owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao and Sands Cotai Central, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.
LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working environment for nearly 50,000 employees worldwide, driving impact through its Sands Cares corporate citizenship program and leading innovation with the company’s award-winning Sands ECO360° global sustainability program. To learn more, please visit www.sands.com.
About Clean the World
Clean the World 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 more than 2,100 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under 5. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 17 million bars of soap in 96 countries. Through the “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information: http://www.cleantheworld.org.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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Ron Reese
(702) 414-3607
Rachanee Srisavasdi
(949) 892-0305
Dawn Britt
(702) 449-2818
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