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.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Cosmopolitan CoStars Volunteer at Clean the World

On Saturday, June 14, volunteers from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas helped assemble hygiene kits at Clean the World's Las Vegas operations center. Not only did the Cosmopolitan CoStars do amazing work, but they followed up by giving us the gift of the way-cool video you see below.

25% of Hyatt Hotels Now Participating With Clean the World

The following press release was issued by Clean the World today:

25% of Hyatt Hotels Now Recycling With Clean the World

Hygiene Products Recycled for Worldwide Distribution to Fight Hygiene-Related Illness

ORLANDO, FL. — (June 26, 2014) – Clean the World today recognized Hyatt Hotel Corp. for reaching a significant milestone. More than 25 percent of Hyatt properties now participate in Clean the World’s soap and bottled amenity recycling program. The soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and shower gel is recycled with the aim of fighting hygiene-related illnesses and decreasing the company’s environmental footprint.

Hyatt, which is based in Chicago, has contributed 81,000 pounds of soap and 80,000 pounds of bottled amenities to Clean the World’s Global Hygiene Revolution since 2010. Those discarded items translate to 431,000 new bars of recycled soap, and 160,000 bottles that can go into ONE Project hygiene kits.

“I am so proud of the commitment and effort our hotels have shown not only when it comes to recycling but especially when it comes to helping those in need and supporting the health and wellness of others, which is a key tenet of Hyatt Thrive,” said Henning Nopper, Corporate Director of Rooms for Hyatt Hotels. “It is wonderful to see how such a simple and small act can save so many lives, and we look forward to continuing our work with Clean the World for many years to come.”

Clean the World’s simple mission is to recycle hotel soap and save lives. The organization has partnered with more than 2,000 hotel and resort partners to put life-saving hygiene products in the hands of those who need them most. About 2 million children under the age of 5 die every year due to hygiene-related illnesses. Hand washing with soap is a low-cost intervention that can reduce those deaths by almost 50 percent. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 17 million bars of soap in 96 countries.

“Hyatt properties have been essential to the success of our mission,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “Ongoing support from major hospitality companies shows large-scale acceptance by the industry, and validates our goal of saving millions of lives with soap.”

About Clean the World
Clean the World Foundation Inc. 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:

John Terry
Clean the World

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Clean The World Founder Shawn Seipler On 'Emotional Mojo'

Don't miss Shawn Seipler this week on the nationally syndicated television show "Emotional Mojo." The show is part of a motivational multi-platform concept that empowers people to move forward and follow their dreams. "Emotional Mojo" combines the best of Psychology, personal development, life coaching, and daily inspiration.

The air date for Shawn's segment varies by market. But thanks to the show's production team, you can watch it right here and now.