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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

Peachtree Hotel Group Joins Clean the World Recycling Program

Peachtree Hotel Group is an Atlanta-based management company with approximately 30 properties, primarily in the Southeast. We’ve enjoyed getting to know the team at Peachtree over the last few months. The company has a fully engaged marketing team with a sincere interest in engaging with guests and extending their hospitality through social media.

Through its active online presence, Peachtree connects with guests and engages with the communities they serve. For example, the Facebook page for the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Valdosta, Ga., recently provided information about special rates for theme park visitors, and for students at a local university.

Peachtree is dedicated to excellence and loyalty. We’re excited to partner with a company that is both dynamic and growth-oriented, yet still recognizes the importance of people and community.

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Global Handwashing Day Infographic – Soap Saves Lives

Wednesday, Oct. 15, is Global Handwashing Day. It is a day for raising awareness about the benefits of hand washing with soap. Please share this infographic and help spread the word.

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Marriott Contributions Add Up to 1.5 Million Bars of Soap for the Global Hygiene Revolution

Marriott’s Spirit to Serve 2014 in Orlando.


Just two years after Marriott International became an official Clean the World partner in 2012, the hospitality company has achieved a major recycling milestone. The total amount of soap contributed by Marriott hotels is enough for us to manufacture 1.5 million bars of recycled soap.

Marriott has a comprehensive set of initiatives and practices in place to drive down operational costs as well as reduce energy use, water consumption and waste. To help mitigate environmental impact, the company is investing in a portfolio of innovative conservation initiatives as part of its “Spirit to Preserve” environmental strategy.

Nearly 63,000 Marriott rooms are involved in our recycling program. The properties have contributed more than 271,000 pounds of soap – which is enough to create 1.5 million bars of recycled soap. Marriott has contributed 175,000 pounds of bottled amenities for use in ONE Project hygiene kits.

In June, Clean the World had the honor of participating in Marriott’s Spirit to Serve during the company’s 31st Annual Association Masters Conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando. Attendees assembled 2,000 hygiene kits for homeless families in Central Florida. This was the second consecutive year that the Association Masters event included a ONE Project volunteer opportunity.

Marriott is a valuable partner that contributes to Clean the World’s mission on many levels. We appreciate their commitment to the Global Hygiene Revolution, and look forward to collaborating to reaching the next milestone!

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Press Release: Clean the World Named 2014 Florida Companies to Watch Winner

Clean the World Named 2014 Florida Companies to Watch Winner

Award From GrowFL and the Edward Lowe Foundation Honors Upcoming Businesses Throughout the Sunshine State

ORLANDO, FL. — (Sept. 8, 2014) – Clean the World has been selected as one of this year’s Florida Companies to Watch winners. The social-enterprise, which recycles and distributes discarded hotel soap, is one of 50 leading second-stage companies selected from more than 500 nominations statewide. All 2014 winners will join an esteemed group of 150 Florida alumni honored over the past three years.

Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies headquartered in the state. To be eligible, applicants must employ between 6 and 99 full-time equivalent employees, and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized along with so many outstanding second-stage companies from throughout Florida,” said Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler. “We were dreaming big when this all started five years ago in a single-car garage in downtown Orlando. But we never expected to come so far so fast. We now have 50 full-time employees, and have shipped more than 20 million bars of recycled soap to 96 countries. I hope we can be an example to other social entrepreneurs that with a great idea and an amazing team, the sky is the limit.”

Clean the World will be recognized along with the other winners during the Florida Company to Watch celebration on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando.

 

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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 2,000 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 GrowFL
GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Website: growfl.com
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Kana Contributions Result in 58,000 Bars of Recycled Soap

Hilton Garden Inn, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

With more than 30 properties across 10 states, Kana Hotel Group develops and manages quality hotels that include brands such as Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites, Springhill Suites by Marriott, Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express.

Through their participation in Clean the World’s Hospitality Partner Program, Kana hotels have contributed nearly 11,000 pounds of discarded soap and more than 6,000 pounds of bottled amenities to the Global Hygiene Revolution. That is enough to manufacture 58,000 recycled soap bars, and to put more than 12,000 bottles in ONE Project hygiene kits.
Thanks, Kana, for helping stem the spread of hygiene-related illnesses!
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