Thursday, November 13, 2014

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: http://www.cleantheworld.org
CONTACT:
John Terry
Clean the World
jterry@cleantheworld.org
407-574-8353 Ext. 1028

Monday, November 10, 2014

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.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ebola Relief: Donate to Sponsor Soap Shipments to West Africa

With the spread of Ebola continuing to accelerate in West Africa, prevention focuses on avoiding contact with the virus. The Mayo Clinic says that, as with other infectious diseases, one of the most important preventive measures is frequent hand washing with soap and water.

Clean the World is responding to the need for hygiene supplies by shipping 5 million bars of soap to West Africa. Every dollar donated to Operation Soap Blitz provides 10 bars of soap to people in the countries affected by the Ebola virus.

We need your help. Please join the Global Hygiene Revolution by donating today.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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.

Graphic shows how hand-washing with bar soap can stop the spread of illness and disease

Thursday, September 25, 2014

U.S. Senators Help Clean The World In Bipartisan Hygiene Kit Build

On, Wednesday, Sept. 17, we proved there are no political boundaries when it comes to the battle against hygiene-related illnesses. Legislators from both sides of the aisle joined Clean the World in the U.S. Capitol to promote hand-washing and proper hygiene in advance of Global Handwashing Day on Oct. 15.

To kick off the event in the Capitol's historic LBJ Room, Clean the World founder Shawn Seipler was joined by the senators from Nevada, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP Sen. Dean Heller.

"I am pleased to join my colleague Senator Heller in promoting the Clean the World's Capitol Hill Hygiene Kit Building Initiative. These kits will be distributed to those in extreme poverty and to the homeless – including homeless military veterans and their families," said Senator Reid. "While it may seem routine to most, the simple act of hand-washing helps save lives. Today, we are doing our small part to help all families lead healthier, happier lives."

Members of congress and other guests then built the first of 50,000 ONE Project hygiene kits that will be assembled and donated to national veterans' organization U.S.VETS, and The Shade Tree, a women and children's shelter in Las Vegas.

It was an emotional day for the Clean the World team as we shared our mission with leaders on Capitol Hill. They had a genuine interest in and appreciation for what we have accomplished in just five years.

Thank you so much to the corporate sponsors that made it all possible: the American Cleaning Institute, Dallas Convention and Visitor's Bureau, HelmsBriscoe, Sands Cares, Unilever, and UPS.

Click the photo below to see a slideshow from the "Build on the Hill."

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 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!

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