Friday, March 26, 2010

Lake Quinault Lodge...Answering the Call of the Wild


As an avid fan of the great outdoors, I am not sure I have ever seen a place as beautiful and majestic as the Lake Quinault Lodge. Surrounded by raw unadulterated wilderness there are few places on earth as tranquil and blissful as Lake Quinault Lodge. Located in the Olympic National Park & Forest, and featured on PBS’ “Great Lodges of the National Parks” Lake Quinault Lodge is a place made for relaxation, warmth, and escape. Clean the World is honored that Lake Quinault Lodge has joined our Hospitality Partnership Program.

The National Parks by themselves are a fine collection of natural gems, but Lake Quinault Lodge stands out as a truly dazzling specimen. The main lodge was built in 1926, and gives its guests a taste of days gone by. One can truly embrace a sense of charmed history at the lodge. There is a feel of antiquity throughout the entire property, from fireplace rooms to the rugged timber construction. Lake Quinault Lodge offers several styles of rooms, suited to travelers of all tastes; from the cozy fireplace rooms to the Contemporary Lakeside building. The view from anywhere on the property is stunning, but none equals the beauty of The Beverly Suite. The Beverly Suite fills the entire third story of The Boathouse Building, and offers a panoramic breathtaking view of the Olympic National Forest, the Lodge, and Lake Quinault.

There is plenty to do at Lake Quinault Lodge. You can enjoy a dip in the glistening Lake Quinault, curl up in front of the majestic fireplace in the Main Lodge, canoeing, fishing, and of course grabbing some gear and hiking your way through the Olympic National Forest. There is no reason to leave your favorite family members behind either, as Lake Quinault Lodge is a pet friendly property, which welcomes our furry four legged friends. Imagine your dog romping through the forest, lending an ear to that ever-present “Call of the Wild”. I can imagine Jack London himself giving a nod to the Lake Quinault Lodge. We at Clean the World encourage you to stay at this magnificent property in the Great Northwest, and thank them for caring enough about our planet and all of its beauty to join our Program. But don’t take our word for it, check out Lake Quinault Lodge for yourself at: http://www.olympicnationalparks.com/accommodations/lake-quinault-lodge.aspx .

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Old World Meets Clean the World

The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is one of the latest properties to embrace the Clean the World Hospitality Recycling Program. Anasazi is a Navajo word that means “the Ancient People”, and The Rosewood Inn certainly embraces the feeling of days past. Mixing the frontier west with a mix of Native Americain pride, The Rosewood, found here http://www.innoftheanasazi.com/, is a one of a kind property. Walking in the front doors one would feel as if they had been transported to another place in time. Glancing around the lobby you might expect to catch a glimpse of Doc Holliday or Billy the Kid. Don’t be mistaken though, The Rosewood Inn is certainly no sawdust on the floor flophouse. It is a world-class retreat and easily New Mexico’s most lauded hotel.

Situated in the heart of Santa Fe, surrounded by mountains, deserts, and the kind of sunsets that are usually only glimpsed in paintings, this four star hotel boasts hand carved wooden doors, sandstone walls, and sculptured stairways that all whisper of a people from long ago. The rooms are beautifully decorated with hand crafted furnishings, authentic artwork from New Mexico’s diverse population, and the beautiful geometric rugs indigenous to the area. Another amenity that adds to the feel of the Old West are the gas-lit kiva fireplaces in each room.

The Rosewood Inn offers many luxury amenities to its’ guests. Concierge service, Valet, In-Room massage & aromatherapy, a business center, and a pet friendly policy are just a few of the perks offered at this rustic escape. Chances are that if you are staying at The Rosewood you have a streak of frontiersman in your heart, and there is plenty to do to feed the hunger for adventure. Golf, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, white-water rafting, hiking and day trips to nearby Taos or Bandelier National park are just a few of the many activities to choose from in this New Mexico vacation destination. Santa Fe is loaded with history. Founded in 1609 by Spanish missionaries the city is in the midst of their 400th anniversary. Within walking distance you will find the cultural heart of the city known as the Plaza Dsitrict, authentic Native shops, museums, and galleries tell the rich history of the city and its people.

Whether you are on business or pleasure, The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi has everything you will need to experience the Southwest as it once was. Next time you travel to Santa Fe, be sure opt stay with our friends at The Rosewood Inn, and who knows, you may walk into a saloon and hear someone whisper “I’m your Huckleberry”.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Clean the World Showcases A Gem: The Shores Resort & Spa



The Shores Resort & Spa is the latest Daytona Beach hotel to join Clean the World’s Hospitality Partnership Program, and we couldn’t be more impressed.  If Daytona is your destination, make your reservation at The Shores.  You won’t be disappointed.  The shores has everything to please an guest, whether a family trip to the coast, or a romantic getaway you will walk away with memories that will last a lifetime.

Besides being located on the “World’s Most Famous Beach” , The Shores is decked out with the finest in luxury accommodations.  The Shores Resort & Spa, is a AAA Four-Diamond resort, and offers luxury guests a surprising Daytona Beach experience which is fresh and spirited.  From four-poster beds layered with luxury linens and wrapped in netting, ocean-side fantasy cabanas and fire Cauldrons to acclaimed spa wraps of seaweed direct from the Atlantic and brocade Teddy Bears on beds, The Shores is truly an experience in luxury vacationing.

The dining is second to none, with The Azure featuring cuisine with a fresh combination of timeless southern ingredients and French technique – complete with the availability of dinning al fresco amidst the ocean breeze. Touting an atmosphere mix of classy elegance along with the jive and spirit similar to South Beach, Azure creates a dining experience to remember.  And on top of that one of the most unique amenities offered are the “Personalized Picnics” available at The Shores Resort & Spa.  This is a one of a kind dining option for couples or families who enjoy sharing a meal free from the distractions of a busy restaurant atmosphere. Guests are able to select the contents of their picnic basket in advance, which will then be prepared and waiting upon a picnic blanket on the lanai lawn.

The Shores offers a complete state of the art fitness center loaded with the latest in exercise technology and free weights.  After a nice workout head over to the Rejuvanating Spa where you can enjoy any number of services including, Massage Therapies, Body Wraps and Masks, Facial Care, Nail Care, Tanning Treatments, & much more.  Need somewhere to take care of business?  The Shores offers 12 meeting rooms with over 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor functional adaptable meeting space.  Nothing says work like a meeting with the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop.

People come to Daytona Beach for all types of reasons: Business, Family Vacations, Bike Week, Spring Break, the Speedway.  Whatever your reason, there is plenty to do outside of the confines of The Shores Resort & Spa.  It’s just a short drive to the greens at the LPGA International Golf Course, or experience the raw power of the Daytona International Speedway.  Heading in the other direction (yes the ocean) you can enjoy a day of deep sea fishing, jet-skis, and even scuba diving.

There truly is something for everyone at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, FL.  Be sure to visit them at: http://www.shoresresort.com/, and book your next trip to the “World’s Most Famous Beach” with our friends at The Shores, and thank them for helping Clean the World Change History in our Lifetime.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Just East of Eden…The Wyndham Garden Hotel Boca Raton, FL

Part tropical hacienda, part modern hideaway, and all good. We at Clean the World couldn’t agree more. The Wyndham Garden Hotel in beautiful Boca Raton, FL is an exquisite mix of old-world Spanish architecture and new world luxury. From the terracotta tile roof to the stone fountain in the middle of the courtyard, the Wyndham Garden Hotel is as close to paradise as you can get, short of Eden itself. A pristine establishment located in the beautiful resort town of Boca Raton, the recent multimillion-dollar renovations have created a true jewel in South Florida.

The Wyndham Garden Hotel, http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/FLLBR/main.wnt, is the most recent addition to our life saving, soap and bottled amenity recycling program. Whether you are traveling for business, pleasure, or both you will find everything you need at this palatial resting place. From heated octagon shaped pool in the courtyard, to a 24 hour fitness center for those of you who enjoy the occasional 3am workout, or the 24 hour business center for those last minute proposals are just a few of the luxurious amenities provided at the Wyndham garden Hotel.

If you are looking for something to do with the family, The Boca Raton Museum of Art is a great place to educate and enrich your children, while enjoying some classic works of art. If fun is what you are looking for then head over to the Everglades National Park, or Boomers!, a local fun spot with bumper boats, laser tag, and go-carts.

If you are looking for a luxurious, feature rich hotel for your next trip, please consider our friends at The Wyndham Garden Hotel Boca Raton, FL. And be sure to say "Thank you" on your next visit for their commitment to Clean the World!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: World Vision Partners with Clean the World to Deliver Recycled Soap Worldwide

Orlando, FL. — March 18, 2010 —World Vision has partnered with Clean the World to provide hygiene products as part of their overall mission to tackle the causes of poverty among children, families and communities around the world.

Clean the World collects the gently used bar soap and bottled amenity products that are routinely thrown away by hotels and resorts. These products are then sanitized in their Recycling Operations Centers and packaged for distribution to those in need.

“In this country we take soap for granted,” said Shawn Seipler, executive director and co-founder of Clean the World. “But throughout the world people are literally dying for soap.”

With operations in more than 100 countries across the globe, World Vision is very well positioned to distribute the recycled soap and provide essential hygiene education. According to clinical studies, the combination of bar soap and proper hygiene education can reduce the effects of acute respiratory illness and diarrheal disease, the number one and number two killers of children worldwide respectively, by up to 65%.

“Through this partnership with Clean the World, our ability to bring proper hygiene practices and soap to impoverished countries is greatly enhanced” said John Jensen, Senior Director of Key Partnerships at World Vision.

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, Clean the World provided World Vision with one million bars of soap for Haiti hygiene kits. These kits will be distributed to quake survivors there. With tens of thousands of survivors still in urgent need of basic sanitation, the hygiene kits are meeting a critical need.

The partnership has already combined to deliver hygiene products to Uganda, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mali, Mongolia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Romania, Albania and Armenia. Additional countries will be added in the next few weeks.

The Need for Soap
Studies by the World Health Organization show that the use of soap in hand washing greatly reduces the incidence of diarrheal and respiratory illness. Combined these diseases are the leading causes of death amongst children under the age of 5, killing 3.5 million children annually. By providing soap to impoverished people World Vision and Clean the World hope to greatly reduce these deaths.

About World Vision Product Donation
Products donated to World Vision, or “gifts-in-kind” (GIK), are a company's first-quality or specially-produced inventory donated to assist those in need. World Vision sorts, ships, and distributes these goods to millions of children and families in the U.S. and overseas each year. World Vision works in 100 countries, half of which have duty free status to import donations. In the past five years, World Vision has placed more than $1.5 billion worth of donated goods from major corporations, including medical supplies, school supplies, building materials, personal care items, clothing, shoes, books, and sporting goods

Saturday, March 13, 2010

La Quinta in Ardmore, Oklahoma becomes ECO- Clean the World Partner...

Clean the World is proud to announce our latest partner, La Quinta Inn & Suites Ardmore Central. http://www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?ident=LQ6323&propId=6323  Located in Ardmore, Oklahoma La Quinta has teamed up with Clean the World through a statewide program called ECO (Encouraging Conservation in Oklahoma). This program was initiated to promote, encourage and develop sustainable travel practices within the state of Oklahoma. Clean the World is an ECO Advocate within this dynamic, revolutionary program. To find out more on about this program, please click here: http://travelok.com/eco/index.asp

La Quinta Inn & Suites offers a cozy, amenity rich experience. A wonderful mix of frontier adventure and modern comfort, La Quinta offers free high speed internet, a business center, as well as a fitness center. Outside of the hotel there is plenty of amazing family adventures waiting to be discovered. Just a short drive from the hotel you will find plenty to quench the explorer within you. Spend the day taking in the natural wildlife at the Arbuckle Wilderness. Or if a good hike is what you’re looking for, pack a daypack and head to Turner Falls for a beautiful day in the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains. If shopping is more your fancy, you will find plenty of great finds at the nearby Ardmore Commands Mall. Be sure to make it a point to stop by the Windstar Casino and try your luck at some slots, or see if you can take the house in some blackjack. Whatever your fancy, Ardmore, Oklahoma has plenty to offer.

Next time you find yourself in Ardmore, make sure to stop and stay with our friends at La Quinta Inn & Suites.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Hilton University of Florida is Cleaning the World, Gator Nation Style!

LET'S GO GATORS!!

The Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida is the latest hotel to join Clean the World’s unprecedented Soap and Bottled Amenity Recycling Program. Not only are they the latest to join, but they have the distinction of being the first in the Gainesville area. Situated on the Southwest corner of the University of Florida campus, in the heart of "Gator Nation", a stay at this beautiful property will find yourself within earshot of Ben Hill Griffen Stadium, otherwise known as “The Swamp”.

Blending the comfort of Hilton hospitality with the convenience of an IACC Conference Center on campus, the Hilton University of Florida Gainesville, is the perfect spot for conducting essential business without missing out on the pleasure and fun of one of the nation’s top collegiate atmospheres. There is 25,000 square feet of meeting space on the property, and a short drive off to the beautiful Butterfly Rainforest, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the University of Florida Golf Course.

Check out the Hilton University of Florida here: http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/GVNCCHF-Hilton-University-of-Florida-Conference-Center-Gainesville-Florida/index.do

Clean the World is proud to have a partner hotel amongst a sea of blue and orange. We have enjoyed a wonderful reception with other Universities around the country and are excited to be landing in The Swamp. We would encourage you on your next trip through Gainesville to stop and stay at The Hilton University of Florida Conference Center & Hotel. They will be delighted to welcome you as a guest, even if you happen to be a Florida State fan. Who knows, you may even catch a glimpse of the legendary Tim Tebow.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Historic Inn at Ellis Square joins Clean the World's Hospitality Recycling Program...

Clean the World is delighted to announce our latest Hospitality Partner, The Inn at Ellis Square. http://www.innatellissquare.com/.  Located in Savannah's Historic District, it is known as the Grand Lady on Bay Street. This historic hotel in the recently renovated Guckenheimer Building (circa 1851) is steeped in the tradition of Southern hospitality and elegance. An absolute Belle of the South, The Inn at Ellis Square is everything southern hospitality should be. From the cozy Dominique’s Lounge to a leisurely stroll through Savannah’s Historic Riverfront District, it will seem as if you have stepped back in time to the days of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. If you are looking to slow it down, and enjoy some of the niceties that Southern living has to offer, be sure to book your next trip to Savannah with The Inn at Ellis Square.

While mastering the art of preserving history, The Inn at Ellis Square has recognized the value of our historic movement. By joining Clean the World’s recycling program, The Inn at Ellis Square will certainly leave yet another footprint in history. This footprint will stretch beyond American history, as this footprint will be seen the world over. Today, lives have been touched as Clean the World hygiene products have been delivered to those in need in Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras. And as far away as Uganda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Romania and Albania.

Clean the World is honored to bring on this magnificent hotel in our attempt to Change History in our Lifetime!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Spotlight on Marriott Early Adopters...

Clean the World’s success within the hospitality industry was no doubt as a result of a few, key meetings and interactions. These interactions involved individuals at hotels that quickly understood our mission and impact and became the “early adopters” of our recycling program. Without these individuals, we would not be where we are today.

Our very first Marriott property was the Marriot Orlando Airport found here: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcoap-orlando-airport-marriott.  Because our dear friends Glenn and Roy understood the impact that Clean the World could make in Central Florida and beyond, they brought us to a larger meeting of Marriott properties held by Ron at his beautiful property, the Marriott World Center- http://www.marriottworldcenter.com/.  This first presentation and acceptance launched a string of Marriott properties becoming Clean the World recycling partners in Central Florida. Other notable properties such as the Renaissance Sea World and the Residence Inn Sea World quickly came on board.

And we are pleased to announce that the latest Central Florida Marriott property to become a Clean the World Recycling Partner is the Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes. Found here: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Orlando/Default.htm, the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes is a stunning sister property to another beautiful Clean the World partner, J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes.

And beyond Central Florida, more Marriott properties continue to join the ranks of Clean the World Recycling Partners:

Our first stop on our tour is the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Nestled in the beautiful snow covered Rocky Mountains in Avon, Colorado, The Ritz-Carlton is rightfully listed as one of the top 500 Best Hotels for 2010, as determined by Travel & Leisure. That is an understatement to say the least. Beyond the obvious attraction of natural scenic beauty, The Ritz-Carlton boasts 180 guest rooms, 40 suites, exclusive access to the Red Sky Golf Club, and a 21,000 square foot spa. This beautiful location will bring out the adventurer in all who stay there. On your next trip west be sure to stop and spend a couple nights with our friends at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Book your reservation at: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/BachelorGulch/Default.htm.

Back in the sunshine state on the gorgeous gulf coast we have three new partners to share with you.

First up is the Residence Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/piecw-residence-inn-st-petersburg-clearwater/.  Just a short drive from the western shore of Old Tampa Bay, The Residence Inn is a must stay for any traveler heading to the Tampa/St. Pete area. Aside from all of the traditional lodging comforts, The Residence Inn has some unexpected services like complimentary grocery shopping and daily housekeeping. You'll enjoy a beautifully redecorated suite with a full kitchen, a living area big enough for entertaining and a sleeping area with plush new beds and comforters. If you’re heading to the Clearwater/St. Pete area, whether for a Buccaneers’ game, or just a day at the beach don’t forget to stop and stay at this beautiful Marriot Property.

Our next stop in the Clearwater/St. Pete area is the Courtyard St. Petersburg/Clearwater. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tpapg-courtyard-st-petersburg-clearwater/. The Courtyard St. Petersburg Clearwater is located just 1 mile from the Carillon Business Park and St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport. It is a short drive from both Ft. DeSoto and Caladesi Island and is a great place for business or leisure travelers alike. If you love to shop, take a short drive into Tampa and indulge yourself at the International Plaza or Westshore Mall. Please be sure to book your next trip to the bay at The Courtyard St. Petersburg/Clearwater.

Finally, a true gem of the hospitality industry. Known as the showplace of the waterfront, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is the only luxury St. Petersburg, Florida hotel on the West Coast. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tpasr-renaissance-vinoy-resort-and-golf-club/. With the combination of a private marina, 18-hole golf course and 12-court tennis complex. Ideally situated on the water and just minutes from St. Pete beach, the Vinoy hotel in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida is a fine example of 1920's Mediterranean Revival architecture that has earned it a National Register of Historic Places designation. If you have a taste for the finer things in life be sure to stay at The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club the next time you venture to the Gulf.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: SONOMA SOAP COMPANY AND CLEAN THE WORLD CO-BRAND SOAP PRODUCTS TO SAVE LIVES AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Orlando, FL — Friday, March 5, 2010— Sonoma Soap Company is adding something to their all-natural line of Sonoma Soap Products. Starting in April 2010 the Sonoma brand will carry the Clean the World logo on its packaging. The co-branded natural bar soaps are part of a unique marketing effort with the non-profit, Clean the World. In addition to the awareness generated by the new packaging, Sonoma will donate a portion of the proceeds of each co-branded bar purchased to help in their mission of saving lives and recycling soap.

“We are proud of this alliance with Clean the World to generate funds and awareness to help save lives and the environment. Through our partnership, Sonoma Soap Company, along with our consumers, can play a role in the fight against illness and death caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease in countries across the globe. Now when you go with Sonoma Soap Company products, you can make good things happen,” said Peter Caparis of Sonoma Soap Company.

Soap Saves Lives
According the World Health Organization, 3.5 million children die from treatable illnesses, including pneumonia and diarrheal disease each year. That is the equivalent of 9,000 children daily. Up to 65% of these deaths could be prevented by simple hand-washing with soap and water. Details of these studies are available at http://www.cleantheworld.org/

Recycling Soap
Each day millions of pounds of soap, shampoo, conditioner and other personal care items are discarded by the hospitality industry as part of their normal housekeeping practices. Clean the World collects these items, sanitizes them and distributes them to people in need around the world. In the 2009, Clean the World has recycled more than 4 million bars of soap and 200,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner, simultaneously eliminating over 380 tons of waste.

Sonoma Green Products
The Sonoma Soap Company’s commitment to the planet is clear: All of their personal care products contain at least 99% natural ingredients, they adhere to green chemistry principles and all product packaging is recyclable.

"The Sonoma brand is a great match for Clean the World. Their commitment to environmental issues and social responsibility makes Sonoma a perfect partner for us.” said Shawn Seipler, executive director and co-founder of Clean the World . “This is a great way to get the word out about our cause and help us reach more people in need.”

About Clean the World, Inc.
An Orlando-based charitable organization, Clean the World, Inc. is committed to the prevention of illness and death caused by acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease in countries across the globe. In an effort to prevent these needless deaths from occurring, Clean the World collects discarded soap and shampoo from hotels to be recycled and distributes these soap products along with appropriate educational materials to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished people worldwide. In 2009, Clean the World collected, recycled and distributed over 230 tons of soap and other bathroom amenities to impoverished people worldwide. With the donations of these discarded soap and shampoo products, Clean the World is a step closer to reaching their goal of preventing the millions of lives lost each year — and they’re doing it one bar of soap at a time. Clean the World Foundation, Inc is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

About Sonoma Soap Company
Sonoma Soap Company, makers of all-natural body care products, recently introduced shampoos, conditioners, liquid soaps, bar soaps, bath and shower gels and body lotions, which, like the artisans before them, capture the essence and organic goodness of California’s wine country.

Every Sonoma Soap Company product is made from a traditional Sonoma blend of certified organic ingredients including lavender, citrus, wildflowers, cedarwood, oatmeal, maple and more. The products are between 99% and 99.7% natural, 100% vegetarian and paraben and phthalate free. The colors and fragrances are 100% pure, with nothing added to alter the lovely natural aromas. Using high-quality natural ingredients results in effective yet gentle cleansing, deep hydration and restorative nourishment for the hair and skin.

Each Sonoma Soap Company variety, including First Crush, Lavender Reserve and Citrus Medley, evokes an authentic Sonoma Valley experience. Products are available at independent health food stores throughout the country. For more information, please visit http://www.sonomasoapcompany.com/ or write to info@sonomasoapcompany.com.