Thursday, June 17, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Gilchrist & Soames, Clean the World Enter Exclusive Partnership

Indianapolis, IN - Thursday, June 17, 2010 - Gilchrist & Soames today announced a three-year exclusive partnership with Orlando, Florida-based Clean the World, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to saving lives and preserving the environment through an innovative hotel amenities recycling program.

 “We have been in talks with Clean the World for quite a while, and our joint efforts during the aftermath of the January earthquake in Haiti really kicked things into gear for us,” said Kathie De Voe, president of Gilchrist & Soames. “We ultimately made the decision to formalize a long-term relationship.”

The strategic alliance with Gilchrist & Soames will help Clean the World realize their mission to prevent infant mortality in developing nations while also reducing environmental waste.

“We are thrilled to be working with Gilchrist & Soames. They have a deep commitment to the environment and to the life-saving mission of Clean the World. They will be invaluable in expanding our innovative recycling program through their partner hotels, and through their assistance, Clean the World is able to build out our network of Recycling Operation Centers (ROCs) for sanitizing and repacking partially used guest amenities,” said Shawn Seipler, co-founder of Clean the World Foundation. “Gilchrist & Soames is simply the right partner at the right time. We are grateful for their support.”

As part of the exclusive arrangement, Gilchrist & Soames is helping to fund the expansion of Clean the World’s infrastructure. Additionally, Gilchrist & Soames is afforded exclusive rights to offer Clean the World’s life-saving recycling program to hotels worldwide, which means that any hotel property can join the Clean the World program by contacting Gilchrist & Soames.

About Gilchrist & Soames
Gilchrist & Soames is a leading provider of cosmetic-grade toiletry collections for world-class hotels, exclusive resorts, and distinguished spas, inns, and bed & breakfasts. Specializing in servicing the luxury market, Gilchrist & Soames’ products can be found in discerning properties throughout the world. Gilchrist & Soames is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and Peterborough, London, England. The company is wholly-owned by Swander Pace Capital, San Francisco. For more information, visit http://www.gilchristsoames.com.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Silicon Valley Soaps and Clean the World: San Jose Crowne Plaza and San Jose Hilton

We’ve tapped into the heart of Silicon Valley, thanks to the Crowne Plaza San Jose and the Hilton San Jose.  Both hotels are now hospitality partners in our mission to recycle soap and save lives.  Families in desperate need of soap will get a second chance at disease fighting, the heart of our mission and a bonus for our latest San Jose hospitality partners.

Now, if you know anything about San Jose, you know that it’s at the heart of the booming technology industry, but did you know that it’s the third largest city in California and the tenth largest in the US? San Jose has a reputation for recycling, too – 64% of the city’s waste is recycled, thanks to an exceptional list of accepted recyclables, including all plastics, aerosol and paint cans, foam packing, aluminum furniture, pots and pans, and clean fabrics. 

The next time you’re visiting San Jose, whether it’s for a large-scale meeting or event or a visit to the vastly cultural and diverse Bay Area, you can add soap to the recycled list after you book your rooms and stay at the Crowne Plaza or Hilton in San Jose.

The Crowne Plaza San Jose is right across the street from McEnery Convention Center and only three miles from the San Jose International Airport and Santa Clara Fairgrounds.  The Hilton San Jose is attached to the Convention Center through an enclosed concourse.  Both hotels are centrally located, making the most of travel to San Jose’s premier destinations via a quick walk or ride on the San Jose light rail system.  And, both hotels can add life-saving soap recycling to their rosters of amenities.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: The New Yorker Hotel's Discarded Amenities Now Recycled into Life-saving Tools

Orlando, FL — Thursday, June 3, 2010 — The New Yorker Hotel, the second hotel in New York to partner with Clean the World, will now provide nearly 400 children annually with desperately needed hygiene tools as part of an innovative program that recycles soap and distributes it to impoverished people worldwide.  The gently-used amenities from the hotel’s 912 rooms will skip a trip to the landfills and instead hit Clean the World’s Recycling Operations Center (ROCs).

“Now that we have The New Yorker Hotel on board, we are on track to open our New York metro-area ROC,” said Peter Insalaco, Regional Director at Clean the World.  “We are thrilled to have them as part of our program.  We’re ready to bring New York to the forefront of the Clean the World mission.”

Soap is both difficult to obtain in impoverished areas and crucial to preventing the spread of diarrheal disease and pneumonia, two of the biggest killers of children under age five. 

With upwards of 75,000 hotel rooms in the New York area, a tremendous amount of waste is generated from discarded hotel soap and amenities.  “We are extremely proud to help lessen needless waste and do it in a way that also has humanitarian purpose,” said Sylvia Lima, general manager of the New Yorker Hotel.

“The entire housekeeping department, when they heard of this tremendous effort from Clean the World, were very excited to be a part of it,” said Angela Sanchez, director of housekeeping.

Big-city amenities will continue to be recast with global purpose – just ask Clean the World and The New Yorker Hotel.