Friday, April 22, 2011

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Partners with Clean the World

- First corporate partner to join Clean the World’s efforts to promote a global hygiene revolution

- Guest room soaps and bottled amenities from a potential list of 500 Starwood hotels in North America may be recycled for worldwide distribution to stop the spread of preventable diseases

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and Clean the World, a social enterprise committed to saving lives and protecting our planet, today announced a corporate agreement to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases. An estimated 1.6 million pounds of hotel soap may be recycled each year through this partnership.

The agreement, potentially involving 500 Starwood hotels in North America, is the first corporate agreement for Clean the World, which now has hospitality partnerships in place with more than 1,000 hotel properties around the globe. Starwood brands include St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element SM.

The Earth Day announcement symbolizes Starwood’s commitment to environmental stability, the reduction of hotel waste, and the benefits of recycling an abundance of hotel soaps and bottled amenities (shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels) as hygiene products to benefit children and families in need. Through this agreement with Clean the World, and by working through its 501 (c) (3) charitable arm, Clean the World Foundation, Starwood will help turn trash into treasure to save lives and improve the global environment.

Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities and, in just two years of operation, has distributed more than 8 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States and more than 40 countries worldwide, including Haiti, Japan, Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, Honduras, Mexico and Albania.

Each day, 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases that can be prevented by washing with bar soap. Clean the World Foundation has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most -- to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions , to lessen the impact of disease, and to promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.

“Our North American properties represent more than 176,000 rooms, each of which offer the highest quality soaps and bottled amenities to our guests on a daily basis,” says Denise Coll, president of Starwood Hotels in North America. “This partnership amplifies our commitment to corporate social responsibility, and it also should make every member of our Starwood family feel better about the role they play each day in caring for our Earth and the people who inhabit it.”

Clean the World has partnered with more than 1,000 hotel properties in North America to provide soaps and bottled amenities to people in need. While doing so, the organization has also fulfilled a valuable environmental mission by diverting an estimated 550 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.

“A partnership with Starwood brings tremendous resources and opportunity to help advance our global hygiene revolution,” says Shawn Seipler, executive director of Clean the World. “With hotel properties throughout North America, Starwood will be able to provide an estimated 1.6 million pounds of soap annually to children and families who are desperately in need of better access to hygiene products. Additionally, 2.8 million pounds of Starwood hotel waste may be diverted from landfills each year with the help of Clean the World. It’s this type of hotel partnership – a commitment from an organization with significant scale – that will ultimately help save millions of lives.”

Starwood itself has made history with industry-leading green initiatives. In 2008, the company launched Element, Starwood’s green trailblazer and the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification for high-performance buildings. Across its entire portfolio of brands, Starwood now leads with 15 LEED-certified buildings. And in 2010, the company installed electric-vehicle charging stations at all nine Element hotels across North America. Also in 2010, Starwood set targets to reduce energy and water consumption at all of its owned, managed, and franchised properties by 2020.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,025 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit

About Clean the World

Clean the World is a social enterprise committed to saving lives and protecting our planet. It offers sustainable, socially responsible, and charitable programs and services to the international hospitality community. Clean the World Foundation Inc. is the 501 (c) (3) charitable arm of Clean the World. Clean the World Foundation Inc. executes its mission of saving millions of lives around the globe by leading a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children worldwide – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). For more information visit: Text CLEAN to 20222 to donate $10 to help Clean the World.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Joie de Vivre Hotels partners with Clean the World

Joie de Vivre Hotels, with 34 properties in California, has signed a partnership with Clean the World Foundation.

Founded in 1987 by entrepreneur Chip Conley, San Francisco-based Joie de Vivre is known for creating some of the most innovative hospitality services and products and designing one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, restaurants and spas. Joie de Vivre currently operates more than 30 boutique hotels under the Joie de Vivre Hotels brand and two affiliate properties, which are slated to join the collection this year.

Forty-five percent of Joie de Vivre’s hotels are green certified, and the company is working toward environmental certification for all of its properties, a push that will gain impact as the brand expands outside California. Joie de Vivre maintains a “Green Scorecard” online that tracks conservation efforts at each of its properties, giving guests who are interested in sustainability a tool to choose a hotel based on its green achievements.

“We’re proud to include Joie de Vivre Hotels as members of our growing Clean the World hospitality partnership program,” says Shawn Seipler, executive director at Clean the World. “Their emphasis on ‘green initiates’ and commitment to sustainability make perfect sense as we continue our mission to save lives with soap and create a cleaner world.”

Monday, April 18, 2011

Chase Park Plaza helps Clean the World

St. Louis’ legendary Chase Park Plaza has partnered with Clean the World to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases. The soaps collected each day from the 338 guest rooms at The Chase will be shipped to Clean the World for recycling and distribution around the world. The Chase Park Plaza anticipates collecting nearly 2,920 lbs. of soap and 2,178 lbs. of bottled amenities each year.

“We are thrilled to partner with such an outstanding organization by simply donating products that we are no longer able to use,” says Stacey Howlett, director of sales and marketing at The Chase Park Plaza. “The idea that we can help so many others by recycling our soaps has inspired our entire team.”

Clean the World has partnered with nearly 900 hotel properties in North America to provide soaps and bottled amenities to people in need.

“The Chase Park Plaza is an historic property and St. Louis and it is real jewel in the crown for our Clean the World hospitality partnership program” says Shawn Seipler, executive director at Clean the World. “Our mission at Clean the World is consistent – we’re recycling soap to save lives – and we welcome the addition of Chase Park Plaza, a Preferred Hotel Group property, to our growing family of hotel partners dedicated to advancing our global hygiene revolution.”

Smile if you sell Sonoma Soap

Sophia Lerma (left) and Siobhan Anderson (right) helped sell and promote Clean the World-branded bar soaps during the April 9-10 Green Festival in San Francisco. Clean the World has a licensing partnership with California-based Sonoma Soap Company in which Sonoma will donate a portion of the proceeds of each co-branded all-natural soap bar to help support Clean the World’s global mission of saving lives and recycling soap.

Had your fill of landfill? Help Clean the World

As we recognize Earth Day with celebrations around the globe, let’s pause to realize something quite powerful. By participating in the Clean the World hospitality program, our nearly 900 hotels and bed-and-breakfast partners throughout North America have helped divert in excess of 550 tons of hotel waste from polluting local landfills.

Think about that for a moment. Without your participation in Clean the World, more than 1.1 million pounds of soap and bottled amenities would be trashed. That’s a lot of garbage and, in the truest sense of the term, a great waste of valuable resources.

By teaming with Clean the World, you’ve helped turn trash into treasure, providing soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels for people in need. And you’ve improved sanitation conditions for communities everywhere.

Enjoy Earth Day. You have reason to celebrate because you’re helping Clean the World.

Gilchrist & Soames: Soap sale for Clean the World

Gilchrist & Soames, a leading provider of luxury hotel amenities, is planning something special for Earth Day, and it will help Clean the World.

The international provider of luxury amenities – soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and body lotions – to four-and five-star hotels throughout the world is taking a step beyond the hotel walls to help stop the spread of preventable diseases.

From Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24, Gilchrist & Soames will donate a portion of all proceeds collected from online sales at All items purchased online from an impressive network of G&S-affiliated partners will help advance the global hygiene revolution championed by Clean the World.

Gilchrist & Soames, founded in the United Kingdom and with U.S. headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., has enjoyed a strong partnership with Clean the World. The first “exclusive” amenities partner of Clean the World has helped grow hotel partnerships throughout North America.

Clean the World, founded in Feb. 2009, now has nearly 900 hotel partners in the United States and Canada, many of which proudly provide amenities from Gilchrist & Soames.

The continued support of G&S and its impressive family of hotel partners have helped bring prestige and lots of hygiene products to Clean the World, while delivering lifesaving soaps to children and families in nearly 45 countries. By adding online donations to the mix as part of an Earth Day celebration, G&S confirms its commitment to saving lives by recycling soap with Clean the World.

Again, the Earth Day promotion lasts through the weekend (April 22-24). To participate, visit Make your online purchases of luxury bath and body products and gifts and encourage others to do the same. By doing so, not only will you receive top-quality products, but you’ll take part in something even more impressive: Your generous purchases will help Clean the World.

Sponsor our First Annual Clean the World Gala

World-class dancing, a celebrity host, remarkable entertainment and a decadent dessert bar. All this awaits you – along with exceptional VIP treatment – as you join us at the First Annual Clean the World Gala: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at The Peabody Orlando.

You’re invited to share in the celebration as we honor our amazing hospitality industry partners, sponsors and friends who have helped grow Clean the World into an international social enterprise for global good.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are now available for this exciting event. Click here to define your commitment to Clean the World and confirm your sponsorship level. The biggest names in the hospitality industry will be attending this event – true movers and shakers – and you’ll want to proudly participate in this Gala to help benefit Clean the World.

Give a child a chance to live a healthier life. Join our global hygiene revolution. Become a sponsor today.

Clean the World ships hygiene supplies to Japan

As Japanese residents continue to deal with the aftermath of multiple earthquakes, a tsunami and damage to a nuclear reactor, Clean the World has partnered on an effort to provide relief.

Clean the World is collaborating with Ohio-based Matthew 25: Ministries to provide soaps, shampoos, lotions, conditioners, body wash and bottled water to help comfort the suffering in Japan as well as other disaster relief or humanitarian aid locations.

Matthew 25: Ministries has already shipped 44,000 pounds of desperately needed disaster relief to the devastated area and is preparing additional disaster relief supplies for Japan, including food from Matthew 25’s Food Processing Center, blankets, cleaning supplies and first aid supplies, along with personal care products and hygiene kits.

A truck filled with relief supplies left Clean the World headquarters in Orlando on April 18 on its way to Matthew 25: Ministries headquarters in Blue Ash, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb. The supplies will be received by Matthew 25: Ministries and prepared for shipment to the victims of Japan's multiple disasters and other disasters worldwide.

These are the specific items en route to Japan:

Medical Supplies – 2 pallets

Water – 5 pallets/ 6,400 bottles

Soap – 2 pallets/ 7,000 bars

Shampoo – 4 pallets/ 32,400 bottles

Lotion – 1 pallet/ 8,100 bottles

Conditioner – 3 pallets/ 27,000 bottles

Body Wash – 1 pallet/ 6,550 bottles

Many of the donated items may be packaged in hygiene kits distributed by Matthew 25: Ministries. Based on requests from partners on the ground in the disaster area, kits will be packaged onto pallets and included along with other relief items, and flown or sent via cargo ship to the hardest-hit areas of Japan.

Thanks to all involved for helping with this relief effort. Your financial contributions are also welcome to help address the ongoing suffering in Japan. Please give generously and keep the Japanese people in your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Clean the World partners on Japan quake relief

Ohio-based Matthew 25: Ministries will help Clean the World deliver soaps, bottled amenities and water to Japan

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