Friday, January 27, 2012

BuyEfficient Donates 8 Tons of Soap to Clean the World


It’s not often we receive an email that has so much potential impact. But, boy, is it fun when we do.

Marti Mosley, soap drive coordinator at Clean the World, received an email in January from BuyEfficient of Aliso Viejo, Calif.

The message was simple: We have lots of supplies and we want to help Clean the World.

After a brief conversation about Clean the World’s mission and how BuyEfficient could help advance our global hygiene revolution, the results are in: More than 8 tons of soap have been shipped to Clean the World to help stop the spread of preventable diseases worldwide.

BuyEfficient, which offers complete online purchasing solutions for the hospitality industry, worked with 11 separate HD Supply locations across the United States to collect and send 16,356 lbs. of soap and 235 lbs. of bottled amenities to Clean the World. The collective cost of the donation is nearly $24,000.


“I was blown away,” says Mosley. “When I first heard BuyEfficient was interested in making a donation, I was expecting something in the neighborhood of 500 bars of soap. This is just unbelievably generous, and when I think of how many children will benefit from this one donation it just makes me so happy.”

The BuyEfficient donation was divided between Clean the World’s Orlando and Las Vegas Recycling Operations Centers. Many of the soaps and bottled amenities will be packaged in hygiene kits that are being sent to children and families in Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala and a number of domestic homeless shelters and missions.

And that’s not all… Inspired by Clean the World’s mission to save lives with soap, a passionate group of BuyEfficient employees at the corporate office in California conducted their own soap drive, which netted another 150 lbs. of soap for people in need.
 


According to its company website, 1,200 Member hotels representing more than 25 hotel brands from leading hotel management companies and ownership groups rely on BuyEfficient to manage their end-to-end purchasing activities.

Thank you, BuyEfficient, for your enormous generosity, and thanks for helping Clean the World.

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RSVP: Feb. 29, Grand Opening of Las Vegas ROC

Though the activity level has been high for quite some time there, the “official” opening of the Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center (ROC) is still a few weeks away. And it should be a very big deal.

Hospitality partners, local business leaders and dignitaries are expected to attend the dramatic ribbon-cutting event Feb. 29 from 10 a.m.-Noon at the Las Vegas ROC. As the name implies, the facility serves as the recycling operations center for soaps and bottled amenities collected by Clean the World partners in the Western region of the United States, under the direction of Debi Kinney.

Clean the World sponsors the grand opening event in partnership with Caesars Foundation, which has provided $250,000 worth of grants to the facility. The grants emphasize the commitment of its Las Vegas founding partners, the Caesars Foundation and Caesars Entertainment, to advance Clean the World’s global hygiene revolution and save lives with soap. Caesars' properties have already donated more than 40 tons of soap and bottled amenities to the cause.

Other Clean the World hospitality partners expected to attend the Las Vegas ribbon-cutting event include: Wynn/Encore, The Palazzo, The Venetian, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Disneyland Resorts and Marriott’s Grand Chateau. Regional recipients of Clean the World’s recycled products include The Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child and The Salvation Army.

There is excitement building for the Feb. 29 event and a genuine feeling that we are getting closer to accomplishing our mission of recycling soap to save lives in Las Vegas and around the world,” Kinney says. “Our hospitality partners in Las Vegas are among the top providers of soaps and bottled amenities to Clean the World, and this facility is a place they’ll be able to point to with pride for promoting sustainability and socially responsibility.”

It is hoped the event will attract media coverage to draw attention to the hygiene needs of children and families in local Las Vegas communities and the world beyond its borders.

If you’d like to attend the event, please RSVP to Debi Kinney at
dkinney@cleantheworld.org by Feb. 22.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sysco Guest Supply Comes Through Again

Thanks to our friends at Sysco Guest Supply in New Jersey for completing another impressive production run on behalf of Clean the World.

David J. Baron, soap operations supervisor at Guest Packaging, LLC, confirmed that his team processed nearly 88,000 soap bars (3 oz. apiece), which filled 14 pallets. The soaps produced by Sysco Guest Supply will be distributed by Children International, one of Clean the World's prominent global distribution partners, to help stop the spread of preventable diseases in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries.


Since Clean the World’s founding in 2009, Sysco Guest Supply has donated more than 50,000 lbs. of soap, bottled amenities, cleaning products, tissue paper and paper towels to Clean the World’s soap recycling efforts.

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10,000 Soap Bars to Ethiopia

Clean the World’s Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center (ROC) has been busy preparing for its Feb. 29 grand opening event, but there is a lot of other good work being done there as well.

Recently, the Las Vegas facility set aside 10,000 soap bars for an essential overseas distribution.


Jewish Voice Ministries International, an evangelical ministry based in Phoenix, Ariz., will receive the soaps and distribute them to children and families in Ethiopian villages where soap is scarce, and diseases are common.

Melissa Johnston, international logistics manager at JVMI, says volunteers will distribute the soaps during two, separate five-day medical outreach trips to Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, and the village of Woliso.

“The trips are scheduled in late February and early March, and we hope to bring awareness to the importance of personal hygiene, including hand washing with soap,” Johnston says. “We’ll distribute from two medical clinics in those regions and hope to provide information about and access to soap so lives may be improved there.”
Johnston says her first experience with Clean the World has been a good one, as she expressed in a note to Rosanna Kingston, who coordinates the organization’s non-profit partnerships.
“Thank you for putting together the donation so quickly,” Johnston writes. “You and your team provided excellent service and advice. The donation request process was smooth because of your assistance. We know that this soap will go a long way to help the people of Ethiopia.”

If you know of an organization that would like to arrange for soap distributions either domestically or overseas, please contact Rosanna Kingston at rkingston@cleantheworld.org.

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10 Million Soap Bars and Counting

Clean the World’s “hometown newspaper” – The Orlando Sentinel – recently published a terrific piece about our organization's origin and growth in three years of operation.

The article by reporter Kate Santich has been syndicated to multiple media markets throughout North America and has gained quite a bit of attention for Clean the World and our mission to save lives with soap. By placing Orlando at the center of our global hygiene revolution, readers of this original article, and those who come across it in other media outlets, can confidently target Central Florida as a vital and developing hotspot for sustainable business in one of the world's best known hospitality and tourism locations.

As always we wish to thank our valued hospitality partners, some of whom are mentioned in the article, for their investment in our hospitality partnership program and support of our global hygiene revolution.

We could not reach so far, so fast without the encouragement and involvement of people who truly believe in sustainability and socially responsible programs in the hospitality industry. As Clean the World grows, you will grow right along with us. Together we will achieve great things. We already have.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Clean the World Celebrates Opening of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

Summary: Clean the World corporate hospitality partner Carlson anticipates collecting, recycling and distributing 16,000 bars of soap annually from this one downtown Chicago hotel

The stunning, new Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, a Carlson property, marks its grand opening Jan. 26 in Chicago as a proud partner with Clean the World, an Orlando-based social enterprise and largest global recycler of hotel amenities.

With 334 modern, luxurious and well-appointed rooms, Radisson Blu Aqua, in partnership with Clean the World, is projected to collect, recycle and distribute 16,000 bars of soap and 33,694 bottled amenities to children in need each year.

Carlson, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, represents 1,067 hotels in 77 countries under four brands: Radisson, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza. The agreement with Clean the World, including Radisson Blu Aqua, has the potential to include soap recycling efforts at 607 properties in North America, representing 69,535 hotel rooms.

Clean the World presently works with 30 Carlson properties that have contributed more than 10,085 lbs. of soaps (nearly 53,787 soap bars). That’s enough to provide 10,757 children with enough soap for an entire month.

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 has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions and to lessen the impact of disease and promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.
 
“Carlson is a remarkable corporate partner to Clean the World that emphasizes sustainability in all aspects of the hospitality business,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder at Clean the World. “The opening of Radisson Blu Aqua is strong testament to their forward-thinking and attention to detail, which includes an array of social programs that help improve the standard of living and hygiene conditions for communities all around the world.”

Guests at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel can feel confident knowing that the amenities available to them during their stay will receive new life as desperately-needed hygiene supplies for disadvantaged families at home and abroad.

“With all the excitement centered on the opening of Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, we recognize that there are people who will benefit from the generosity of the guests who stay here,” says Jim Conway, Director of Operations at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. “We’re happy to partner with Clean the World and look forward to filling the rooms so we may provide as many soaps and bottled amenities as possible for children and families in need worldwide.”

As a gleaming and gorgeous addition to the downtown Chicago skyline, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel serves as a stylish and sustainable reminder that social responsibility is within everyone’s reach.

About Carlson
Carlson is a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses 1,067 hotels, including Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza®; more than 900 T.G.I. Friday’s® restaurants; and a majority stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and its brands employ about 170,000 people.  http://www.carlson.com

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Kalahari Resorts Helps Clean the World

You may not make it to Africa this year, but your soaps may.

Home to America’s largest indoor waterparks, the authentically African-themed Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center has partnered with Orlando-based social enterprise Clean the World to collect and recycle hotel soaps and shampoos to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases.


The soaps collected by Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. and Sandusky, Ohio will be shipped to Clean the World for recycling and distribution to communities and countries in greatest need through the efforts of the Clean the World Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities. In just two years of operation the charitable and philanthropic Clean the World Foundation has distributed more than nine million bars of soap to children and families in the United States, Haiti and more than 45 additional countries worldwide.

Kalahari Resorts has a combined total of 1,646 rooms, and is projected to provide 88,937 bars of soap and 187,063 bottled amenities to Clean the World annually. The amount is enough to provide hygiene supplies and comfort for 17,792 children for a full year.

“As a family run company we are always looking for ways to help support the surrounding communities, whether it’s a new high school football field, band instruments or raising money for charitable causes like Andy North and Friends,” said Travis Nelson, Kalahari Resorts spokesman. “That is why we are happy to announce our new partnership with Clean the World, which will allow us to extend our reach and give back to families in need around the globe.”

Since the first Kalahari Resort opened in 2000, the company has worked to implement several eco-friendly practices both large and small. One example is the use of the resort’s massive fans in the waterparks to push warm air, which has naturally risen to the ceiling, down to the floor, significantly reducing heating costs. The Wisconsin Dells property has also invested in an AquaRecycle® system that recycles 70 percent of laundry water, a savings of 26 million gallons of water annually.

Clean the World has partnered with more than 1,200 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 1.2 million lbs. (600 tons) of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.


 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gilchrist & Soames: Spreading Success with Suds

Gilchrist & Soames, provider of cosmetic-grade amenities for world-class hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts, has enjoyed a successful relationship with Clean the World since partnering in 2010.

Through a strategic alliance with Clean the World, G&S representatives help attract properties that use its varied line of amenities products to join the Clean the World program and help save lives with soap. The efforts have been instrumental in helping spread the message and mission of Clean the World to properties large and small, in big cities and small resort towns throughout North America.

The partnership officially began in June 2010, months after a devastating earthquake decimated much of Haiti. With death tolls rising and the spectre of cholera and other diseases spreading across the country, Clean the World partnered with Gilchrist & Soames to provide relief. Two years after the quake, Clean the World has distributed more than 2 million soap bars into Haiti, and many of those soaps originated with Gilchrist & Soames and its impressive list of partner hotels.

Since that time G&S properties have contributed  89,347 lbs. of soap and 60,582 lbs. of bottled amenities to Clean the World, which have made their way into the hands of children and families in need in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries.

There are 229 individual G&S-affiliated properties presently enrolled in the Clean the World Hospitality Partnership Program, representing more than 41,000 rooms.

And each G&S property, regardless of room count, location or size, has done its part to help contribute to Clean the World's mission of recycling soap and saving lives.

"For me a partnership with Clean the World is a win-win situation," says Monika Sudakov, innkeeper at The Chestnut Street Inn in Asheville, N.C., who joined the Clean the World program through Gilchrist & Soames. "It solves two big problems: Waste management in the form of discarding used bottles and soaps, and how to help provide a cleaner future to eliminate or lessen the spread of disease. And as a busy innkeeper it is easy. Ship the stuff and Clean the World does the rest. I think it is genius."









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Monday, January 9, 2012

Las Vegas Ribbon Cutting Event: Feb. 29

Clean the World is opening its Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center (ROC) in style, and you are invited.

Hotel partners in the Western region are encouraged to join us  on "leap day" -- Feb. 29, 2012 in Las Vegas for a ribbon-cutting event to "officially" open Clean the World's Las Vegas ROC.

The ROC has been a work in progress since 2010 when Caesars Foundation (then, Harrah's Foundation) awarded a $100,000 grant to Clean the World. Caesars followed up with a $150,000 donation in 2011 to help prepare the facility for soap recycling operations, which it is now doing for Las Vegas Strip hotel properties and numerous other properties in the Western region of North America.

The event will feature local Las Vegas dignitaries, including hospitality industry executives from Caesars Entertainment, Wynn/Encore, The Venetian, The Palazzo, Mandarin Oriental, and other Clean the World partners. City and state politicians, local business people and educators are also expected to attend the ribbon-cutting, which includes a tour of the facility and a donation of soaps to Las Vegas area schools.

"This has been a long time coming for Clean the World, and we couldn't be more excited to open our doors and show what we can do in this community," says Debi Kinney, Clean the World's Western Regional Director. "We have tremendous partners already contributing to our mission and this event is a 'thank you' to them for their continued support."

Here are the details for the Clean the World Las Vegas ROC Ribbon Cutting event:

When: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 -- 10 a.m. - Noon (Pacific)

Where: 3111 S. Valley View Blvd., Suite L-115, Las Vegas, Nev.

Why: Because soap saves lives

RSVP: Debi Kinney (dkinney@cleantheworld.org) or call 702-875-2272 by Wednesday, Feb. 22 to reserve you place at the event

Should be a lot of fun and plenty of soap in Las Vegas on Feb. 29. We'll see you there!

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60,000 Soaps for Guatemala

With the Mayan calendar apparently predicting the end of the world in 2012, Clean the World has stepped up production to make this a clean and comfortable year for people close to where that prediction was made.

Several soap distribution trips are planned in the new year and preparations are already underway to bring lifesaving soap to people who need it most.

A February trip to Honduras has already been scheduled and all participants are secured. But two more Clean the World soap distribution trips to Guatemala -- home of the famous Mayan ruins -- are planned in March and April, and the soaps to be distributed have already left their destination bound for Central America.

During the first week of the new year Clean the World packaged more than 60,000 freshly pressed soap bars at its Orlando soap recycling facility for distribution to children and families in Guatemala.

The soaps are on their way and will be awaiting the arrival of Clean the World personnel and invited hotel partners in coming months. The soaps, which originated as soaps collected from Clean the World's more than 1,200 hotel partners throughout North America, will be handed out to individuals in disadvantaged areas of that country. They are intended to provide hygiene relief and comfort for thousands of children and adults who struggle with hygiene issues due to lack of proper sanitation and access to soap.

If you'd like to participate in future soap distribution trips with Clean the World, please contact Rosanna Kingston at rkingston@cleantheworld.org.

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Location Solvers Q&A: Positive Impact

Location Solvers is a corporate partner and long-time supporter of Clean the World. In its efforts to bring greater attention to travel deals and rich information about lodging and meeting planning options for savvy consumers, Location Solvers also has a passion for sustainability.

It is this passion that led them to help support Clean the World.

Michael Jahn, CMP, managing partner of Location Solvers, was gracious enough to answer a few questions about his company's support of Clean the World, and the reasons he feels this partnership will grow in the future.

How did you first hear about Clean the World?
About four years ago, Location Solvers began asking, “how can we make a positive impact on the world through our operations?” We started looking for ways to preserve the Earth’s resources and give a portion of our revenues to charitable donations such as Save The Amazon Rainforest Organization (STARO) and Metropolitan Touring Company, which makes efforts to protect and preserve the Galapagos Islands. Over two years, the decision to give annually quickly evolved, and we started to look for an organization that directly contributes to the sustainability of the hospitality industry.

After some research of organizations working in the hospitality industry, we found a soap-recycling organization that was in its nascent stage and its aim was to sanitize used hotel soap and send it to refugee camps in Africa. This concept of recycling a common waste product like soap struck us as something that could change the hospitality industry, but we also wanted to find something that also connected to our communities here in the United States.

Not long after, we read about Clean the World in a hotel industry newsletter, which highlighted how Clean the World collected and recycled soaps from hotel partners and distributed those soaps to communities abroad as well as those in the United States. We were also impressed by Clean the World’s desire to employ people in need of work and support social programs. These goals to support local employment and to improve sanitation to communities in the U.S and abroad really resonated with Location Solvers’ commitment to be a positive global steward.
How can Location Solvers work with Clean the World to grow together with a common purpose?
Location Solvers has an extensive network of hotels and sales contacts across the United States, both brand-name and independent hotels, which are always looking for ways to be more environmentally and socially responsible. Many are looking to develop programs to “green” their operations and they want to connect with non-profit organizations that work in the hospitality industry. We continue to share the story about Clean the World and the experiences that other hotels and our clients have had with implementing the soap-recycling program. And we’ll always serve as a liaison between and our hotel contacts and Clean the World to jumpstart new hotel soap-recycling programs across the United States.


Many of our clients are interested in collaborating with Clean the World for soap drives during specific events. Our role is to provide our clients information about the hotels so they can select the best venue for their event. We sometimes work with hotels to initiate a recycled soap drive for their event or meeting. This means that both the hotel and clients get experience and exposure to Clean the Word’s model of sending discarded soap for sanitization. The more people understand the simple ways to reduce waste and improve livelihoods, the more apt they will be to participate in the future.

You’ve made generous donations to Clean the World. Why and for what reason?We feel that giving back to our community and caring for our Earth is important for every business and person on the planet. Location Solvers has made a commitment to give a significant portion of its revenues to Clean the World -- we choose not to reveal the specific amount -- to show our commitment in support of its operational costs and to grow as a long-term partner with Clean the World.

What do you hope to accomplish with these donations?
In giving our time, energy and a portion of our proceeds to Clean the World, we hope that there will be growing awareness of consumers, hoteliers, and the general public about the products we use and the waste it creates. Something as simple as soap can have a big impact, both in terms of recycling, but moreso in providing soap to those populations that have limited access to sanitation. We hope our donations and time will help build critical relationships and awareness to support communities in need.
What are some creative ways that followers of Location Solvers raise their awareness about sustainability and get involved with Clean the World’s mission?
Some of the ways that our clients and hotel colleagues talk about sustainability and Clean the World’s mission is by talking about waste. Trash removal and its costs are a big target for managers to consider when reviewing the Clean the World recycling program. Others look to discuss ways to connect their meetings or events to a greater purpose. Even if the meeting content is unrelated to the environment or international development, meeting planners and attendees still desire to be part of something big and connect themselves to a greater cause.

Hotel initiatives that include putting up sustainability statements in guest rooms may also feature Clean the World as part of that property’s social and environmental commitment. We’ve not yet seen this with our hotel affiliates, but it would be a great way to start designing a standard Clean the World statement to share with each of the participating hotels to put in all their guest rooms. There's so much that can be done to help Clean the World.



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Washington Post Highlights Clean the World

Clean the World was featured in the Jan. 8 Travel section of The Washington Post.

The article details the history of our hotel soap recycling organization and the adventures of travel reporter Andrea Sachs, who helped collect, recycle and distribute hotel soaps during a recent two-day visit to Orlando, Fla.

Here's an excerpt:
Since moving into their current space in a marginal section of downtown Orlando, they’ve [Clean the World] upgraded their machinery. Now, one machine grinds the used soap down to pellets that resemble broken crayons. Then, with a quick change of parts, it mixes the ground-up soap with glycerine and water, shapes the goo into a long brick, then slices it with the precision of a master chef. The finished products, honeydew green in color and smelling of spring freshness, roll down the belt. The squares unceremoniously drop into cardboard boxes, ready for shipment to faraway lands.  -- ("Clean the World: Hotel Soaps That Care", The Washington Post, Jan. 8, 2012)

You can read the entire article here, which was posted online Jan. 6. The link may require free online registration at The Washington Post website, but the article is worth the effort.

Thanks to all who help make sharing our Clean the World story so much fun. We appreciate the support of our hospitality partners, friends and contibutors. The new year brings great opportunity for increased sustainability and highly advanced socially responsible programs, and Clean the World will lead the way.

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LATHER Soap Sales Help Clean the World

In 1999, LATHER began as a small brand best known for its all-natural olive oil soaps.

Today, the company (which now offers products for body, face, hair, and home) introduces two new soaps, and announces a partnership with Clean the World, an Orlando, Fla.-based non-profit organization that helps collect, recycle and distribute soap to impoverished people around the globe.

New Orange Peel and Patchouli soaps ($8.00 each) will round out LATHER’s Olive Oil Soap collection, all made from organic olive oil and other natural ingredients.
Beginning January 1, 2012, for each bar of Olive Oil Soap sold, LATHER will make a donation to Clean the World, allowing five soap bars to be recycled, sanitized, and distributed.

Since 2009, Clean the World has collected, recycled and distributed more than 9.5 million soap bars to children and families in need in the United States, Canada and more than 45 countries, with the goal of preventing millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses.
The full line of LATHER Olive Oil Soaps that will contribute to Clean the World include: Yuzu, Seven Seed Lemon & Rosemary, Rose Tangerine Lavender, Clove, Wild Mint, Lemongrass, Rosemary & Peppermint, Oatmeal Lavender, Honey Almond, Lavender Lime, Orange Peel, and Patchouli.
LATHER, which also creates amenity collections for hotels and resorts nationwide, has already donated nearly 200,000 bars of hotel 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.

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