Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Silent Auction: Bid for Holiday Gifts

With holiday shopping days dwindling, here’s a chance to bid on great gift items and help Clean the World. A silent auction is being conducted on eBay that will benefit Clean the World and its efforts to help stop the spread of preventable diseases by recycling hotel soaps and bottled amenities.

Wonderful gifts that were featured at our Inaugural Clean the World Gala are available again exclusively to online bidders through Dec. 16, including a vacation points package valued at $10,000 and an "exquisite visit" package valued at $2,200.

You’ll find special deals, opulent spa vacation packages, and weekend getaways from some of our leading hotel partners that retail for thousands of dollars going at auction prices to the highest bidders. And it’s all to help Clean the World advance its mission to save lives with soap.

Be the first to take advantage of truly terrific travel opportunities offered by properties such as:
-          Hilton Orlando
-          Universal Studios Crowne Plaza
-          Hilton Walt Disney World Resort
-          The Crocker House Bed and Breakfast in Maine
-          The Grand Hotel in Salem, Ore.
-          Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort and Spa in British Columbia (Canada)
The auction is live and underway, and we’re expecting quite a lively competition. So, get online, make your bids and keep close tabs on the items you want most. Get your bids in to the online silent auction before the Dec. 16 deadline and keep your fingers crossed. You never know what may happen.

Thanks for helping Clean the World. Bid now!

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LATHER Donates Nearly 200,000 Bars of Soap

LATHER, a branded and custom amenities provider to distinctive hotel properties, recently made a gracious donation to Clean the World with the purpose of promoting better hygiene opportunities for children and families in need.

The Pasadena, Calif.-based company donated nearly 200,000 bars of soap to help advance Clean the World’s global hygiene revolution. The soaps filled 20 pallets that were received at Clean the World’s Las Vegas recycling operations center in November.

More than 1,000 cases of facial soaps and body soaps were donated as a good faith gesture to show LATHER’s commitment to helping Clean the World stop the spread of preventable diseases by providing soap in disadvantaged communities.

“We are big fans of Clean the World and strong supporters of its efforts to advance a global hygiene revolution,” says Robert Hoyt, president at LATHER. “Soap is such a critical element to proper hygiene, and too many of us take it for granted. This just seems like a natural fit to help bring comfort through our abundance of resources. We’re happy to help out now and in the future.”

LATHER also showed its support for Clean the World by being a Silver Sponsor at the recent Inaugural Clean the World Gala.


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Destination: Honduras – And You’re Invited!

Source: World Vision
NOTE: Airfare is not included in the cost of this trip.
Clean the World is planning a four-day soap distribution trip to Honduras in February, and we’re making the trip available to all who are interested in participating in this potentially life-changing experience.


Representatives from Clean the World and interested supporters and friends will take part in the volunteer distribution experience Feb. 20-23, where guests will help distribute 8,000 bars of soap to 1,000 children in Honduran orphanages and villages.


The cost of the adventure is $450 per person (airfare not included), which includes accommodations, ground transportation, activities and three meals per day. At least six volunteers are needed to conduct the excursion, which will likely shed new light on the plight of people struggling to overcome hygiene challenges in villages far from our own backyards.

Participants will meet with children at a Honduran orphanage in the surrounding areas of Comayagua, and visit local schools where children often goes days or weeks without even seeing a bar of soap. By mixing and mingling among the residents of remote Honduran villages, you’ll experience how they live and the challenges they face on a daily basis with regard to hygiene and dealing with inadequate sanitation.

The immersion experience should be a real eye-opener for people wishing to bring basic hygiene necessities to children and adults in schools and villages that lack these daily necessities.

Would like to join us? Please contact Rosanna Kingston (rkingston@cleantheworld.org) by January 10 to reserve your place on our soap distribution trip to Honduras. Space is limited and will be secure on a first come, first served basis. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help save lives with soap.

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Organize a Soap Drive - Start Today!

One of the simplest and most rewarding things you can do to help Clean the World is to start a soap drive in your own community. It’s easy, interactive, and especially when you involve children, it can be a lot of fun.

Schools, church groups, community organizations and families have consistently surprised us with tremendously generous collections of soaps in the past three years. One Minnesota school district, for example, collected more than two tons of soap in two separate soap drives to help the children of Haiti battle an outbreak of cholera. That remarkable effort has not been topped, but it sure set the bar high for others to match or surpass in the coming weeks and months.
Visit this link to learn how you, your friends and family can successfully promote and execute a Clean the World soap drive in your area. It’s a great motivation during the holiday season, and a wonderful example of community involvement any time during the year.
Contact Marti Mosley at mmosley@cleantheworld.org directly to let her know of your interest in coordinating a soap drive for Clean the World. Remember, the soaps you collect will be distributed to children and families all around the world. Soap saves lives.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Clean the World Teams with Eco Convergence Group Inc.

Summary: Leading global recycler of hotel soaps and bottled amenities exploring high-tech methods of waste-to-energy processing, “green” construction materials, nano-water processing and fully sustainable hydroponics food production to create a cleaner, healthier world

Clean the World, an Orlando-based social enterprise dedicated to collecting, recycling and distributing hotel soap to battle preventable diseases and protect our planet, is teaming with a high-technology incubator to fuel a series of socially responsible innovations and sustainable energy projects in the hospitality industry and beyond.
Looking to expand its recycling and upcycling opportunities worldwide, Clean the World has formed a joint venture with Eco Convergence Group Inc. (ECG), an Orlando-based engineering and technology development company focusing on the sustainability market. The partners are developing several forward-thinking initiatives including advanced mobile waste processors, geopolymer “green” construction materials, hydroponic vertical multi-layer food production and technology for simultaneous removal of nano-particles and gaseous pollutants.
Goals of the Clean the World-ECG joint venture include limiting the global spread of disease through better hygiene, developing more cost-efficient construction materials, providing healthier, more sustainable food sources, and reducing waste and contamination in landfills and drinking water.
Some projects in the works include:
-        Mobile Waste Processors (MWPs) that will work with hotels and restaurants to provide on-site processing of grease, liquid sludge, and organic waste products into energy and/or biofuels without generating any emissions.
-        “Green” construction materials made with geopolymer activators to improve upon and replace ordinary Portland cement and concrete. The materials will have the potential to reduce the CO2 footprint by 80%, while deploying more cost-effective and superior construction materials for industrial use.
-        Generating and storing clean energy (waste, hydro/wind, solar/thermal, etc.)  using energy towers, water displacement and vertical transport technology.
-        Algae farms-to-Aquacultures-to-Hydroponic closed loop systems targeting indoor vertical growth of organic food products in areas where landscape and environment may hamper healthy farming efforts. Combined with the joint venture's own “green” construction designs and various methods of producing clean energy, the models are adaptable to any temperature zone, while being fully sustainable from an energy point of view.
ECG’s Mobile Processing Systems will be deployed first in North America at two Clean the World recycling operations facilities in the United States – Orlando and Las Vegas. Soon thereafter, plans are to add similar systems at Clean the World’s Canadian facilities in Vancouver and Toronto. The four facilities will be outfitted with fixed processing equipment for the recycling of soap, plastics and aluminum collected from the hospitality industry. In addition the facilities will accommodate for the sequestration of CO2 emissions collected from the process with direct feed into algae farms.

“The opportunity exists to truly transform the way people think about waste and energy production to improve the standard of living for communities all around the world,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder at Clean the World. “Our successful soap recycling effort within the hospitality industry is opening doors to broader, bolder sustainable initiatives that hospitality and other industries may embrace to create a cleaner, more efficient and healthier environment.”

Mobile Waste Processors will be the first and most visible project in the works. The MWP units, roughly the size of small sanitation vehicles, will pull up to a hotel, take its organic waste and other recyclables and process it into gas and electricity.

Clean the World will leverage its global hospitality industry partnerships in this joint venture with ECG, which in turn will capitalize on strong economic development connections in Europe and Asia to seek investment capital and satisfy global demand for sustainable solutions to solve the world’s energy and efficiency problems through innovative technology.

ECG envisions broad adoption of the mobile waste processing, especially in Europe, where ECG has been receiving inquiries about this type of project for some time.

“We’ve been developing this technology for a long time, but when we were introduced to Clean the World and witnessed the success they were having with hotel soap and bottled amenities recycling, we knew this would be a great fit,” says Robert Ramsey, CEO and founder of ECG. “Technology doesn’t wait for opportunity, but when an opportunity presents itself, technology and superior engineering have to be ready to capitalize. That’s what this joint venture is all about.”

Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities with more than 1,200 hospitality partners throughout North America, including Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Carlson Hotels, Caesars Entertainment, and The Walt Disney World Resorts. In less than three years of operation Clean the World has distributed more than 9.5 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries worldwide, while also fulfilling a valuable environmental mission by diverting an estimated 600 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.



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