Gilchrist & Soames: Spreading Success with Suds

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Gilchrist & Soames, provider of cosmetic-grade amenities for world-class hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts, has enjoyed a successful relationship with Clean the World since partnering in 2010.

Through a strategic alliance with Clean the World, G&S representatives help attract properties that use its varied line of amenities products to join the Clean the World program and help save lives with soap. The efforts have been instrumental in helping spread the message and mission of Clean the World to properties large and small, in big cities and small resort towns throughout North America.

The partnership officially began in June 2010, months after a devastating earthquake decimated much of Haiti. With death tolls rising and the spectre of cholera and other diseases spreading across the country, Clean the World partnered with Gilchrist & Soames to provide relief. Two years after the quake, Clean the World has distributed more than 2 million soap bars into Haiti, and many of those soaps originated with Gilchrist & Soames and its impressive list of partner hotels.

Since that time G&S properties have contributed  89,347 lbs. of soap and 60,582 lbs. of bottled amenities to Clean the World, which have made their way into the hands of children and families in need in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries.

There are 229 individual G&S-affiliated properties presently enrolled in the Clean the World Hospitality Partnership Program, representing more than 41,000 rooms.

And each G&S property, regardless of room count, location or size, has done its part to help contribute to Clean the World’s mission of recycling soap and saving lives.

“For me a partnership with Clean the World is a win-win situation,” says Monika Sudakov, innkeeper at The Chestnut Street Inn in Asheville, N.C., who joined the Clean the World program through Gilchrist & Soames. “It solves two big problems: Waste management in the form of discarding used bottles and soaps, and how to help provide a cleaner future to eliminate or lessen the spread of disease. And as a busy innkeeper it is easy. Ship the stuff and Clean the World does the rest. I think it is genius.”


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