Friday, July 25, 2014

Put Your (Clean) Hands Together for These Partner Anniversaries

This week we want to recognize Clean the World partner anniversaries for two incredibly supportive management companies: Real Hospitality Group is celebrating two years in our soap and bottled amenity recycling program, and Pacifica Hotels has been with us for one year.

Since joining in 2012, Real Hospitality has contributed enough discarded soap for us to manufacture almost 21,000 new soap bars. And we have repurposed more than 5,400 of their amenity bottles into ONE Project hygiene kits. The company adopted Clean the World as part of its corporate social responsibility platform: Real Responsibility.

Pacifica Hotels is the largest owner and operator of boutique hotels on the Pacific Coast. The company strives to reduce waste and operate environmentally friendly properties, which is why they teamed up with Clean the World last year. Since then, we have received enough soap from Pacifica to produce more than 23,000 bars of recycled soap. Their contributions also include approximately 5,500 amenity bottles.

Thank you, Real and Pacifica, for helping us fight hygiene-related illnesses in North America and throughout the world!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Destination: Dominican Republic – And You’re Invited!

Clean the World board member Dr. Paul Skomsky in the
Dominican Republic in 2013.
Clean the World is planning soap distribution trips to the Dominican Republic in October, and you are invited to join us for a potentially life-changing experience.

Supporters and friends will work with Clean the World team members to distribute 12,000 bars of soap to more than 1,000 children in Dominican schools, community centers and villages. Many of the children you will meet often go days or weeks without seeing a bar of soap. The immersion experience should be a real eye-opener for people wishing to help those who lack basic hygiene necessities.

The trip is from Oct. 14 through 18, and costs $1,400 per person. The package includes round-trip airfare from Orlando or Miami to the Dominican Republic, accommodations, ground transportation, activities and three meals per day.

To learn more, please contact Rosanna Kingston by July 30. Space is limited and will be secured on a first-come first-served basis. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help save lives with soap.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Behind the Soap: Fall Internship Opportunities at Clean the World

Hey, college students – now is the time to line up your internship for next semester. If you want to know what it's like behind the scenes of a non-profit, then interning with Clean the World might be for you. It's a great opportunity to find out what it takes to make a difference in the world while putting your classroom education into practice for a social enterprise.

Internship positions offer students experience in a variety of disciplines, including: marketing/communications, business development, event planning, ONE Project hygiene kit events, sales, operations, non-profit management, and volunteer management.

Fall programs begin in September and run through the end of November. Students will work side-by-side with the full-time professional staff at the Clean the World headquarters in downtown Orlando or the Clean the World Las Vegas facility. If selected, you will get to help fulfill our mission of saving lives with soap.

Please e-mail your resume and cover to Rosanna Kingston for more info.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Super Jabon and Super Agua Visit Guatemala

On Monday, May 26, a Clean the World soap distribution team started the journey to Guatemala with an orientation event in Orlando. The team consisted of Debra Punke and Troy Chontas from Concord Hospitality, Deb Martin of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, Kris Vos of Hyatt Place Orlando Universal, Heather Hay of East-West Resorts, travel blogger Jennifer Huber, and Marah MacRostie, who was selected to go on the trip through a contest sponsored by Clearly Natural/Beaumont Products. Our Clean the World representatives were Paramita Das, Dennis Ocasio and Rosanna Kingston.

A day later, the group departed Orlando International Airport to connect with Children International of Guatemala, our in-country partner and host for the four-day adventure. Children International has distributed more than 2 million bars of recycled Clean the World soap since 2011. Their mission is to bring real and lasting change to the lives of children living in poverty.

Our objectives for the May trip to Guatemala were to distribute more soap and teach proper hand-washing techniques.

Children International Guatemala was about to launch “Hand Washing Month,” and our visit kicked off the program in style.

Clean the World team members performed a short skit that involves a super hero that fights germs. Our super heroes are Super Jabon (“Super Soap” in Spanish) and Super Agua (“Super Water” in Spanish). We taught the children how to properly wash their hands by using a hygiene song set to the tune of “La Bamba.”

The skit is implemented as part of our presentation throughout all the sites where we distribute soap, and everyone in our entourage takes turns portraying super heroes and germs.

The team delivered more than 12,000 bars of soap to 3,600 children and mothers in two days. We shipped another 108,000 bars into Guatemala for ongoing distribution by Children International.

The smiles, high-fives and hugs showed how much the children appreciated receiving the soap.

Clean the World’s Rosanna Kingston said she was shocked to learn on this trip that some people use bleach and water to wash their hands. This is yet another reason why the education we provide is so important.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

90,000 New Bars of Soap Manufactured Thanks to Schahet Hotels

Clean the World Partner Relations Director Oscar Gonzalez visits our hotel partners whenever possible to thank them personally for their contribution to the Global Hygiene Revolution. We love spending time with housekeepers, because they are on the front lines every day and deserve the recognition.

Oscar recently had the pleasure of visiting all the Schahet Hotel properties in Indianapolis. Back in 2010, Schahet Hotels was one of the first Management Companies to adopt our recycling program across all their hotels.

During Oscar's recent visit, Schahet team members from all departments built a total of 1,200 ONE Project hygiene kits for homeless shelters in the Indianapolis area. While he was in town, Oscar spoke at the Schahet GM conference and shared the inspirational message of how their discarded soap saves lives.

Since 2010, Schahet hotels have contributed enough discarded soap for Clean the World to manufacture nearly 90,000 newly recycled bars. Here is a look at the number of recycled bars manufactured from the waste at each property:
      • Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Airport: 34,233 new bars
      • Hampton Inn Indianapolis - Downtown: 18,858 new bars
      • Hampton Inn & Suites Indianapolis - Airport: 11,565 new bars
      • Hampton Inn Indianapolis Northwest - Park 100: 6,277 new bars
      • Hampton Inn Indianapolis / Carmel: 4,942 new bars
      • Holiday Inn Schenectady Hotel: 4,238 new bars
      • Hampton Inn Schenectady: 3,931 new bars
      • Residence Inn Indianapolis Northwest: 3,004 new bars
      • Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis - Northwest - Park 100: 2,574 new bars








Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Clean the World Forms First B-Corp Under New Florida Law

Clean the World today formed the first benefit corporation, or “B Corp,” created under Florida’s new benefit corporation law. This law, just signed by Gov. Rick Scott and effective today, allows for a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Clean the World's social enterprise structure now includes a B-Corp that provides business services to Clean the World Foundation, a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization focused on eradicating two of the top killers of children worldwide: pneumonia and diarrheal disease. Clean the World serves that mission by collecting, recycling and distributing soap and other hygiene products discarded by the global hospitality industry.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Synergy Hospitality Makes Soap Recycling Part of Company Culture

Based in Suburban Philadelphia, Synergy Hospitality manages hotels throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. They believe the most critical element in enhancing the value of a hotel is to develop a passionate and motivated team that understands and lives by the company’s core values. That culture leads to an extraordinary guest experience.

One of the programs embraced by that passionate team is soap and bottled amenity recycling through Clean the World. To date, the hotels have collected and shipped more than 1,000 pounds of discarded hygiene products. The soap contributed so far by Synergy is enough for us to manufacture and distribute nearly 4,000 bars of recycled soap.

Thanks to Synergy Hospitality for everything they are doing to provide families everywhere with life-saving soap.