Tuesday, February 8, 2011

B&B Innkeeper soap collection challenge




Going to the 4th annual Mid-Atlantic Innkeepers Show in Lancaster, Pa. in early March? Don’t forget to bring your soaps and shampoos.

Innkeeper Patty Harrison of The Hummingbird Inn in Goshen, Va., is offering $100 “cold cash” to the B&B partner who brings the most soap and shampoos (measured by weight) to the conference. All soaps and bottled amenities will be donated to Clean the World to help children and families fight the spread of preventable diseases worldwide.

“I talked with [Clean the World managing director] Paul Till when Clean the World started two years ago and was immediately taken by the concept,” Harrison says. “When I was at the conference last year handing out collateral materials from Clean the World, I knew we could do something more to help highlight this amazing program.”

Clean the World, based in Orlando, Fla., enlists nearly 770 hotels and B&Bs in its hospitality partnership program, which allows for the collection and recycling of soaps and amenities that Clean the World distributes to people in need. So far the organization has distributed more than 7 million bars of soap throughout the United States and more than 40 countries.

Harrison is challenging her fellow innkeepers to make the most of their resources and leverage collective concerns for the environment by contributing soaps and amenities to Clean the World. Doing so, she says, is more than worth the time and effort.

“I wanted to challenge B&B owners to collect the most soap and see what we could accomplish,” says Harrison. “The $100 provides an incentive that I’m happy to offer for the cause. A little competition makes it worth their while.”

The conference is scheduled March 6-8 at The Eden Resort in Lancaster, Pa. Nearly 20 B&Bs are expected to participate in the soap collection and recycling challenge. All soaps will be turned in at the registration booth. They will be weighed and set aside. Harrison will announce a winner at the event.

“This is just a small piece of all the amazing things Clean the World is doing to help people all around the world,” she says. “It may not seem like much, but if each innkeeper contributes a little, we can accomplish big things. I’m grateful to be a part of it.”

Clean the World hits Jackpot with Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

Adding to our growing portfolio of impressive hotel properties, Clean the World proudly welcomes Las Vegas-based Ameristar Casinos, Inc. to our hospitality partnership program. Ameristar’s eight properties in seven distinct markets have joined Clean the World to recycle guest room soaps and bottled amenities and raise the company’s profile for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and “green” initiatives to help the environment.

Based on Ameristar’s hotel occupancy rates, these are the monthly projections for soaps and bottled amenities to be collected from the eight properties:

- Soap: 2,301 lbs. (more than a ton!)
- Bottled amenities: 1,717 lbs.

These efforts will provide 2,455 children with soap each month.

Ameristar properties teaming with Clean the World include: Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles (greater St. Louis); Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago (Chicagoland area); Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City; Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs (Omaha, Neb., and southwestern Iowa); Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg (Jackson, Miss., and Monroe, La.); Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk (Denver metropolitan area); Cactus Petes Resort Casino and The Horseshu Hotel and Casino in Jackpot, Nev. (Idaho and the Pacific Northwest).

Clean the World Spain launches in Canary Islands

As we broaden the reach of our global “hygiene revolution,” Clean the World recycling operations centers will be established in strategic areas around the world.


Well, we’ve just put a flag in the ground on the Canary Islands.

Clean the World Spain has been established in the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa that includes Gran Canaria and Tenerife.  The Canary Islands Tourism Federation signed a collaboration agreement with Clean the World Spain. Businesses there have increasingly made strides toward greater sustainability and environmental awareness, and Clean the World Spain intends to use that as a positive force to advance soap recycling efforts in the hospitality industry.

Some reasons for hospitality businesses to join the program: Save lives, improve the environment, boost employee personal growth opportunities, elevate corporate social responsibility, increase customer satisfaction and receive tax-benefits.

“Establishments that join the Clean the World Spain hospitality partnership program will improve their international image and meet CSR objectives,” says Belinda Anta Jimenez, president of Clean the World Spain. “They will become certified partners in a successful, global soap recycling program that helps save lives.”

Clean The World Spain has contributed to the Canary Islands for the creation and implementation of a Recycling Operations Center (ROC) to serve the needs of children and families in Europe and Northern Africa. With your help and collaboration, Clean the World can make this happen.
 
If you would like your company to be a soap recycling pioneer in Spain, please contact Belinda Anta Jimenez at: banta@cleantheworld.es

Toronto’s Turtle Island Recycling helps Clean the World

Clean the World and Turtle Island Recycling have launched an operational partnership in Toronto.  Our soap recycling operations center is open for business and ready to receive soaps and bottled amenities from Eastern and Central Canada.

The Clean the World-Turtle Island Recycling facility joins another soap recycling operation in Vancouver, a partnership with Mission Possible, to give Clean the World comprehensive coverage throughout the Great White North.


Clean the World co-founders Shawn Seipler and Paul Till joined Turtle Island Recycling executive Louis Anagnostakos and environmental specialist Amina Lang-Bismallah for an event to highlight the recycling partnership.

While there CBC Radio Toronto interviewed Seipler about the founding of Clean the World and its mission to expand a “hygiene revolution” throughout Canada and beyond.

Western Canada is served by our recycling operations center in Vancouver, B.C., through a partnership with Mission Possible. Here’s how the housekeeping staff at one of our Canadian partners, Lakeview Hotels & Suites, is giving hope with soap.