Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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 three 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!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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.

Contacts:

Ron Reese
(702) 414-3607

Rachanee Srisavasdi
(949) 892-0305

Dawn Britt
(702) 449-2818

Monday, September 8, 2014

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.

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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World Disaster Relief Hygiene Kit Build




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September is National Preparedness Month, and Las Vegas Sands invites you to join the Sands Cares team to build Clean the World ONE Project hygiene kits for disaster relief efforts.
We’re joining forces with Clean the World to build 100,000 ONE Project hygiene kits that will be distributed by the American Red Cross to victims of disasters large and small -- here at home in the Las Vegas community and across the U.S.  We need your help to reach the goal of creating this important emergency resource!
Sign up for a 2-hour volunteer shift to help build kits, with special perks from Las Vegas Sands properties for volunteers -- refreshments, t-shirts, raffles for great prizes, great entertainment and more.  Please arrive 30 minutes before your shift begins for a short orientation. Parking will be available in the structure at The Venetian I The Palazzo and please refrain from bringing personal belongings. Children are welcome to volunteer, but must be 8 years of age and accompanied by a parent or adult. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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!

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.