Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gaylord Hotels Partners with Clean the World

Summary: Four Gaylord Hotels properties in the United States will recycle soaps and bottled amenities to stop the spread of preventable diseases worldwide
Gaylord Palms, Orlando
Gaylord Hotels, has deepened its commitment to sustainability by partnering with Clean the World to recycle soaps and bottled amenities at all four Gaylord properties in North America -- Gaylord National (Washington, D.C.), Gaylord Opryland (Nashville, Tenn.), Gaylord Palms (Orlando, Fla.), and Gaylord Texan (Dallas, Texas).

Clean the World projects that the entire Gaylord Hotels portfolio, representing 8,050 hotel rooms, will collect nearly 447,000 soap bars (more than 84,000 lbs. of soap) and 62,500 lbs. of bottled amenities (shampoos, conditioners, body washes, lotions and gels) each year for distribution to children and families in domestic homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and rescue missions. The sanitized and recycled amenities will also be included in sustainable hygiene kits for foreign distribution to orphanages, schools, medical clinics, and missions.

Gilchrist & Soames, a leading hospitality amenities provider, was instrumental in executing this partnership on behalf of Clean the World. All four Gaylord Hotels participating in this agreement feature Gilchrist & Soames amenities in their hotel rooms, which will be recycled after guest use as hygiene supplies for children and families in communities where soap and bottled amenities are in great demand, but short supply.
Through this partnership, housekeeping staff at each Gaylord Hotel property will collect and ship hotel guest room amenities to Clean the World for recycling and distribution to disadvantaged communities in the United States, Canada, and more than 45 countries. All shipping costs via Clean the World’s corporate partner UPS are included as part of the Clean the World program. Recent distributions of soaps and hygiene kits have been made to communities in Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Nicaragua and Sierra Leone.

Orlando-based Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization and the largest global recycler of hotel guest-room amenities. Through its sustainable and socially responsible efforts, including a patented method of sterilizing soaps during the recycling process to remove potential germs and pathogens, Clean the World has helped divert more than 1.4 million lbs. of hotel waste from local landfills.

Clean the World recently achieved a major milestone with the global distribution of more than 10 million soap bars in just three years of operation. The soaps are often packaged as part of sustainable hygiene kits, which include recycled bottled amenities and other hygiene-related items collected from more than 1,400 hospitality partners throughout North America.

Participation in the Clean the World amenities recycling program complements the Gaylord Hotels GET Green program, which focuses on energy conservation and comprehensive sustainability initiatives at all Gaylord Hotels properties.

“We are excited about our partnership with Clean the World,” said Andy Mims, vice president of sustainability for Gaylord Entertainment Co.  “The program is an example of sustainability at its very best – we are simultaneously reducing our environmental footprint by eliminating landfill waste, creating a positive social impact and reducing our waste spend.  Further, the program brings attention to the real-world concerns for health and personal hygiene experienced by many people who will never visit our hotels, but will benefit from the generosity of those who have.”

Each day, 9,000 children around the world die from acute respiratory infection 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 and promote hygiene and sanitary living conditions and to lessen the impact of disease.
“Gaylord Hotels is famous for gorgeous, innovative, and spectacular accommodations that respect and reinforce the value of our natural environment,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder at Clean the World. “We welcome them to our global hygiene revolution and are confident that each property will exceed expectations as it collects much-needed hygiene products to help stop the spread of preventable diseases.”

About Clean the World Foundation Inc.
Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. The Foundation 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: www.cleantheworld.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on how you can help save lives with soap.


About Gaylord Hotels®

Gaylord Hotels® is a collection of four upscale resorts which afford endless opportunities for leisure travelers and conventioneers. The hotel company's hallmark – "everything in one place" – provides vacationers with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, onsite shopping and endless activities – all within each resort. A pioneer in the hotel and convention industry with properties in the nation's most desirable destinations, Gaylord Hotels include Gaylord Opryland® in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms® in Kissimmee, Florida near Orlando; Gaylord Texan® on Lake Grapevine near Dallas, Texas; and Gaylord National® on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland. Gaylord Hotels is owned and operated by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, please visit
www.GaylordHotels.com.
About Gilchrist & Soames
Gilchrist & Soames is a leading provider of cosmetic-grade toiletry collections for world-class hotels, exclusive resorts, and distinguished spas, inns, and bed & breakfasts. Specializing in servicing the luxury market, Gilchrist & Soames’ products can be found in discerning properties throughout the world. Gilchrist & Soames is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and Peterborough, London, England. The company is wholly-owned by Swander Pace Capital, San Francisco. For more information, visit
www.gilchristandsoames.com

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