Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In Honor of 9/11 – We Remember Always

Earlier this month Clean the World helped foster a spirit of patriotism and volunteerism by honoring the memory of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on United States soil. The Orlando facility welcomed a variety of soap recycling volunteers – hotel partners, school groups, church groups and individuals -- for a few days of concentrated community service.

The dedicated volunteers worked hard to remove surface debris and help recycle as many soap bars as possible in an effort to sanitize 9,110 bars of soap to mark the 10th anniversary of that horrific event. The ambitious volunteers exceeded that goal. They recycled an estimated 10,000 soap bars by Sept. 11.

“Our volunteers were united in their focus and determined to meet that goal,” says Rosanna Kingston, volunteer coordinator at Clean the World. “It’s a positive, uplifting way to mark a somber anniversary, and it gives us hope in our battle against the spread of diseases worldwide.”

Clean the World joins with others around the United States and our world in memoriam of this painful date in our collective history. It is the hope of our organization that a healthy volunteer spirit and a desire to stop the spread of preventable diseases will unite us in a global hygiene revolution that saves lives all around the world.

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10,000 PeopleTowels to Help Clean the World

In an interesting twist on International Clean Hands Week, Clean the World welcomed a new partner to join the global hygiene revolution. PeopleTowels, makers of an on-the-go alternative to paper towels, partnered with Clean the World to help fight spread of preventable disease and rid the world of unnecessary landfill waste.

The Monterey, Calif.-based PeopleTowels organization donated more than 10,000 reusable PeopleTowels to Clean the World with plans to include them with donations of soaps and bottled amenities for children and families at home and abroad.

“PeopleTowels is thrilled to partner with Clean the World to advance basic hygiene in the most eco-friendly manner, making use of recycled soaps and cleanser and sustainably produced, reusable hand towels that prevent solid waste and conserve resources,” says Linda Lannon, CEO of PeopleTowels. “Working together, Clean the World and PeopleTowels will provide thousands of people in need with the ability to reduce the spread of infectious disease through the simple act of hand washing. Advancing global health is as much a part of building a more sustainable world as how green the products we use and consume and conserving natural resources are, making this collaboration with Clean the World a natural advancement of our mutual goals.”

Plans are to wrap the soaps and bottled amenities in PeopleTowels and create sustainable hygiene kits for children and communities in the United States, Canada and all around the globe. Volunteers at Clean the World will help create the eco-friendly satchels and they will be distributed by Clean the World personnel and global distribution partners wherever there is a need for improved health and hygiene.

“This is a logical partnership that extends our efforts to advance sustainability and promote better opportunities for improved hygiene health,” says Shawn Seipler, co-founder of Clean the World. “PeopleTowels came to our attention at the recommendation of another valued partner, The American Cleaning Institute, and we’re encouraged of the good we can do in delivering the tools of better hygiene in a convenient, portable and reusable way.”

Clean the World and PeopleTowels will mark the start of their partnership with a “big event” on Oct. 15 – Global Handwashing Day. Further details will be available soon.

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The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Join Clean the World

Clean the World recently welcomed The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, both owned and operated by Las Vegas Sands Corp., as hotel partners in the Clean the World hospitality recycling program. The two AAA Five Diamond resorts, which feature a combined 7,000 lavish suites, are featured participants in the Sands Eco 360 Global Sustainable Development Program.

The Sands Eco 360 Meetings Program includes soap and bottled amenities recycling through Clean the World as a sustainable, socially responsible alternative to discarding unnecessary hotel waste from the brisk convention business in Las Vegas. It’s an eco-friendly attraction for meeting professionals who plan and manage meetings at Las Vegas Sands each year.

“Las Vegas Sands was instrumental in helping us meet our environmental stewardship goals for our annual sales meeting,” said Jennifer Romo, meeting partner for Genentech. “They also worked with us to pilot the Clean the World program at Las Vegas Sands, and we’re thrilled that it is now a hotel-wide initiative to support the environment and communities.”

Other Clean the World hospitality partners in Las Vegas include Caesars Entertainment, Wynn/Encore, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental and Fairfield Inn.

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Avmor Corp., Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Help Clean the World

When an outbreak of cholera occurred in Haiti in 2010, Clean the World sprung into action by delivering 300,000 bars of soap in less than three months. As the disease spread throughout Haiti, Clean the World turned to additional hygiene partners to help prevent future illness and death.

The Avmor Corporation, one of Canada’s leading manufacturers of cleaning and sanitation products, stepped up in a big way by donating at its own expense an entire semi-truck full of hand sanitizer gel and foam for distribution to children and families in Haiti. The truck contained more than 48,000 bottles of hygiene products.

Mattie Chinks, president and CEO at Avmor, and his team contacted Clean the World and asked if the hand sanitizers could be delivered into Haiti alongside donations of hotel soaps and bottled amenities. The truckload of sanitizers was delivered to Clean the World headquarters in Orlando for shipment to Haiti, particularly in areas where soap is always in short supply. But there was still the issue of how to get it there. That’s when another partner stepped in at a time of great need.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, with offices in Doral, Fla., provided the container necessary to ship the hygiene supplies to Haiti. Hellmann also arranged for trucking of the supplies from Orlando to its warehouse near the Port of Miami and loaded the container with all of the hand sanitizers from Avmor. Days later, the hand sanitizers arrived in Port-Au-Prince and have since been distributed to communities in need throughout Haiti.

Special thanks to Avmor Corporation and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics for your commitment to helping Clean the World.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Sheraton Safari: Clean the World's 100th Starwood Partner

The next time you go on safari you will be helping Clean the World.

More accurately, the next time you stay at Sheraton Safari Hotel near Walt Disney World, your soaps and bottled amenities will be recycled by Clean the World.

In September, Sheraton Safari Hotel became the 100th Starwood Hotel and Resort property to partner with Clean the World Hospitality Partnership Program. Sheraton Safari Hotel, which sits at the edge of Walt Disney World property in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is undergoing an extensive renovation, but that did not slow the growing enthusiasm among the property team for joining the soap recycling program.

“The entire staff is really excited,” says Randy Guidicelli, executive housekeeper at Sheraton Safari Hotel. “Our general manager, Mark Politte and our management company, Aimbridge Hospitality, are both very supportive of the Clean the World program.”

Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced a corporate partnership with Clean the World on April 22nd – Earth Day. The announcement gave corporate approval to the efforts of individual Starwood properties that had already been involved with the Clean the World amenities recycling program.

“We’ve been looking into joining the Clean the World program throughout the year and felt it is very valuable and something to which we could easily contribute,” Guidicelli says. “It’s been amazing to learn how many people receive recycled soap around the world from all of our properties.”

Sheraton Safari Hotel was recently notified in early September by the Starwood corporate office that the property was the 100th to join Clean the World.

“We received a call from Starwood Corporate and they congratulated our housekeeping team for joining the Clean the World program,” he says. “In only a few weeks, our property is filling the Clean the World recycling bins quickly. We expect to be a large contributor of soaps and bottled amenities to Clean the World, and our staff is motivated to make this a success.”

The staff at Sheraton Safari Hotel celebrated International Housekeepers Week with daily events of appreciation to honor the tremendous efforts of the housekeeping team. Each department at Sheraton Safari Hotel participated in the celebration, offering an ice cream social, pizza party, luncheon and a potluck celebration to end the week.

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