Monday, July 16, 2012

Marriott Vacation Club Forms Life-Saving Partnership with Clean the World

Marriott Vacation Club, a global leader in vacation ownership and brand of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE:VAC), announces a partnership with Clean the World Foundation, Inc., a leader in the global hygiene revolution. Clean the World recycles partially used bars of soap and bottled amenities from resorts in the United States and distributes the new soap and hygiene kits to communities that lack access to these essential items.

Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases which can be prevented by washing with 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, to reduce the impact of disease and to promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.

“This is a great program that helps so many and we’re excited to be involved. To be able to repurpose an item that previously had been discarded to make such a difference to those in need is very rewarding,” said Lee Cunningham,
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer –North America and the Caribbean, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. “Our associates and resorts are committed to causes within our communities and beyond, and to children in need. Clean the World has powerfully brought both of these values together with the best bottom line result – saving lives,” said Cunningham.

Currently, 31 of 43 Marriott Vacation Club resorts in the United States have contributed over 9,800 lbs. of soap and 6,100 lbs. of bottled amenities which have been recycled at Clean the World’s three recycling facilities in North America. As a result, more than 52,500 clean bars of soap and hygiene kits have been distributed to 55 countries, diverting 8 tons of waste from landfills across the country.

“Marriott Vacation Club, our first timeshare partner, is a prime example of the true commitment we witness among our partners with regards to sustainability and social responsibility,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World. “The Owners and guests who vacation in the timeshare villas can feel good knowing that their partially used amenities, which previously would have been discarded into landfills, are now being recycled and given to children and families in desperate need of hygiene products in the U.S. and worldwide.”

In 3 years, Clean the World has recycled and distributed over 10 million bars of soap to families in the U.S. and 55 other countries, while diverting over 1.4 million pounds of landfill waste.

About Clean the World Foundation Inc.

Clean the World Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, 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.


About Marriott Vacation Club
Marriott Vacation Club is a global leader in vacation ownership with over 416,000 Owners, a diverse portfolio of 54 resorts and more than 11,700
timeshare villas throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and Asia. For more information please visit www.marriottvacationclub.com or for nightly rentals visit www.marriott.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MarriottVacClub and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marriottvacationclub.

Visit Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: VAC) for company information.

Mission Trip Delivers More Soap to Haiti

International Children Rescue Ministries (ICRM) recently returned from a mission trip to Haiti. Johnny Narcisse of ICRM said the two-month visit was a great success, and that soap from Clean the World was a welcome gift in the community his organization serves.

ICRM’s mission is to rescue kids from poverty, feed as many kids as possible, and provide them with a safe environment. They work toward that goal by building self-reliant communities through education.

Johnny sent us these pictures from the recent trip:


Beauty Queen Writes a Happy Ending to Story of Stolen Soap

As Miss Teen Florida International, Orlando's Elizabeth Tran promotes a platform of helping Teens Go Green. Her efforts include an ongoing relationship with Clean the World as a volunteer, ambassador and soap-drive coordinator.

Unfortunately, those good intentions were soiled last month by a dirty scoundrel who stole about 900 new bars of soap collected for CTW.

Elizabeth conducted a soap drive during the Florida Perfect Model Search at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center. During the crowning at the event on June 10, she looked under a table where the donations had been stashed - and discovered that all the live-saving soap was missing.

After an exhaustive search of the ballroom area, it was clear the soap had not been moved or misplaced. It had been stolen.

Local media outlets including WOFL Fox 35 and WESH Channel 2 ran stories about the heist over the next week. That led to national coverage, and an outpouring of support from people who were shocked and outraged about the crime.

A follow-up drive to replace the stolen bars yielded about 2,000 pounds of soap - EIGHT TIMES the amount that was originally collected.

Elizabeth said Jaison Radcliff of Legacy Style was a huge help with the second soap drive. Fellow contestants Zoe May and Jennifer Reed also contributed.

It was heartening to see the community rally around Elizabeth, and turn a negative experience into something so positive.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

New Report Focuses on Clean the World's Social and Environmental Impact

A “Sustainability and Social Impact Report” from McConnell Marketing provides a powerful new way for us to share the Clean the World story with hospitality professionals, business and government leaders, and people involved with sustainability initiatives.

The report is packed with fascinating information about the effects of soap recycling. There are sections on Clean the World's recycling operations, our social, environmental and economic impact, and a case study on the Caesar's Foundation.

McConnell is a full-service hospitality marketing agency. The Ohio-based firm serves more than 100 clients, including St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton and InterContinental.

During a company retreat last summer, team members from McConnell agreed to embrace the concept of social responsibility with a non-profit organization.

"As soon as I learned about Clean the World and their mission, I wanted to find a way to help them achieve their goals," said Mark McConnell, owner of McConnell Marketing. "Upon visiting their website and learning more about the organization and its mission, I knew they would be a perfect fit."


Katie Williams, McConnell’s director of business development, visited Las Vegas to learn more about Clean the World. She was the first volunteer at the newly opened regional operations center in Las Vegas. McConnell’s Katie Hively then joined Williams for a follow-up meeting in Orlando.

"As the first-ever volunteer at Clean the World’s Las Vegas center, I was amazed at the efficiency and scope of the sterilization process," said Williams. "After spending some time, and elbow grease, helping out, I left the center knowing one thing for sure: I wanted to help more"


After reviewing Clean the World’s operation and discussing our needs, McConnell committed to join in the global hygiene revolution and help us fulfill our mission. The
“Sustainability and Social Impact Report” is a fantastic example of what McConnell can accomplish with their industry knowledge and contacts.

Some highlights from the report:

    - Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities, with more than 1,500 hospitality partners throughout North America.
    - In three years of operation, Clean the World has distributed more than 10 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States, Canada and more than 55 countries worldwide, while also fulfilling an environmental mission by diverting 700 tons of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.
    - Based on U.S. market statistics, the combined hospitality segment produces close to 200 million metric tons of solid waste per year. As a ratio, the non-recycled solid waste produced is composed of 62 percent organic waste, 8.6 percent plastics, 6.8 percent metals and 22.6 percent other, including soap, glass, textile and paper.
    - Today, hotel guests notice and appreciate green initiatives and socially responsible efforts, and the result is high customer satisfaction and repeat business.

Soap Destinations Include Nicaragua and Tanzania

After soap and bottled amenities are recycled by Clean the World, our hard-working front-line partners take over and distribute the products throughout the United States and around the world. Here is an overview of organizations involved with distribution this summer.

Nicaraguan children receive care boxes that
 include soap and shampoo.
Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, providing food to more than 37 million Americans each year. 108,000 bars of soap.

Fresh Start Ministries
began helping Central Florida men in 1986. The group's programs assist people whose lives have been scarred by crime, abuse, and addiction. 200 bars of soap, 200 shampoo, 200 lotion.


Ambassador to the Nations
is an international missions ministry based at Freedom Christian Center in Charlotte, NC. The focus of their missionary work is on meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the poorest communities in Central America, North America and Cuba through short-term mission projects. 5,000 bars of soap and 5,000 bottles of amenities to be distributed in Nicaragua.


Opportunity House
and its on-site childcare center offer services that promote self-sufficiency to people in need in Reading, Penn. 900 bars of soap, 900 shampoo, 900 lotion, 900 conditioner.

Latin American Ministries Bridge, Inc. provides various religious and charitable services to those in need, including but not limited to rebuilding existing churches and building new churches. 500 bars of soap, 500 shampoo,500 body gel, 500 lotion, 500 conditioner.

Back to School is Cool ensures that underprivileged students in Lake County, Fla., attend school with pride. They provide uniforms, clothing, school supplies, backpacks, outerwear, shoes, toiletries, undergarments, socks, caps and gowns, and prom attire, free of charge. 400 hygiene kits: 400 bars of soap, 400 shampoo,400 body gel, 400 lotion, 400 conditioner.

Adriana’s Attic Inc.
is an outreach project to help the homeless in Central Florida. 200 lotion.

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church will distribute hygiene products to children during a summer mission trip to Pignon, Haiti. 250 bars of soap, 250 shampoo, 250 lotion.

Community Rehabilitation Center helps promote the mental, physical and emotional well-being of individuals and families in northeast Florida by providing easily accessible, culturally competent, quality-based clinical services. 5,000 bars of soap, 3,000 shampoo, 3,000 lotion.

Agape Word Church is an outreach project that helps the homeless in Central Florida. 180 hygiene kits.

Green Development Coalition Las Vegas was founded in 2009 by University of Nevada, Las Vegas students who envision a healthier human impact on the world. 100 bars of soap to Tanzania.

Faith Neighbor Center provides support to needy families and individuals across South Lake County, Florida.
2,000 bars of soap, 2,000 shampoo. 

Country Distribution List: 

Over the past three years, Clean the World has distributed soap in the following countries:
Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras,  India, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Haiti, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Rwanda (old flag), Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Swaziland, The Bahamas, TOGO, Uganda, Uruguay, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Volunteers contributed more than 900 hours in June

Volunteers from the Bush family.
When a grateful child in Uganda receives the gift of soap, her face glows with an ear-to-ear smile.

She may never know that the fragrant bar in her hand got its start more than 7,000 miles away in the hands of a volunteer in Orlando, Fla. But that doesn't matter to the men, women and young people who give their time on the assembly line at Clean the World. They don't do it for the recognition. They do it because they know it makes a difference.

Clean the World would never have made such a huge impact on the global hygiene revolution if it were not for the hundreds of volunteers who help process used soap at our headquarters in downtown Orlando. In June, more than 400 volunteers contributed approximately 952 hours of time.

Here is a list of organizations that helped out at Clean the World in June and early July:


    - Hands on Orlando

    - Christ Church Orlando

    - First United Methodist Church of Winter Park
    - Dayspring Baptist Church Refuge
    - Greater Orlando Baptist Association
    - Retail Downtown Disney
    - Summit Church
    - Campfire USA
    - The Bush and Simoneaux families

If your group would like to volunteer, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Rosanna Kingston by e-mail, or at 407-574-8353 ext. 114.

We would love to have you come in and get your hands clean!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Clean the World Partners Win National Achievement Awards

In June, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) announced the winners of the AH&LH Achievement Awards. The recognition was part of the annual Stars of the Industry Awards, which honor stand-out initiatives at hotel properties. In a ceremony held during the AH&LA Summer Summit at the InterContinental Houston near the Galleria, these awards were presented to individual hotels that developed outstanding programs, events, and campaigns.

Winners were chosen in the categories of Community Service, Special Events, Guest Relations, Good Earthkeeping, Diversity, and Technology Innovation. Hotels honored at the event included the following Clean the World partners:
     - Community Service, Small Property: Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
     - Community Service, Medium Property: Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, Seattle, WA
     - Outstanding Community Service, Large Property: Four Seasons, Scottsdale, AZ
     - Special Events, Ongoing, Small Property: Sanctuary on Camelback, Paradise Valley, AZ
     - Special Events, Ongoing, Medium Property: Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, MO
     - Special Events, Ongoing, Large Property: Westin Copley, Boston, MA
     - Special Events, One-time Only, Medium Property: Ames Hotel, Boston, MA
     - Special Events, One-time Only, Large Property: Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.
     - Guest Relations, Small Property: Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix, AZ
     - Good Earthkeeping, Large Property: Emory Conference Center Hotel, Atlanta, GA
     - Prism (for Diversity), Medium Property: Four Seasons, Boston, MA. 

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Grand, Green Achievement for Oregon Hotel

The Grand Hotel in Salem, Ore., is now an EarthWISE-certified business. The flagship property of VIP'S Industries has been a Clean the World partner for more than two years.

The hotel and Bentley's Grill, which is an on-property restaurant, are the first hotel and restaurant in Oregon's Marion County to be EarthWISE certified. The certification through
Marion County's EarthWISE program recognizes a commitment to environmentally friendly practices.

In addition to recycling soap and bottled amenities through Clean the World, The Grand Hotel and Bentley's have implemented:

  
     - Use of 100% recycled paper for all printed material
     - Utilize Earth-friendly cleaning solutions and drainage system
     - Supports local economy by purchasing products and food from local suppliers
     - Operates on Energy Star appliances
     - Sleeping room towel and linen program that allows guests to re-use bedding and towels
     - Sleeping room and public area recycling
     - Replacement of all lighting in guest rooms with cool white compact fluorescent lighting
     - Composting throughout entire facility
     - Extensive recycling of all plastic material.
     - Purchase wind power to offset energy cost

Marion County's EarthWISE Program is a free environmental assistance
program offered to all businesses in the county. To be certified, businesses must
meet the standards summarized in the EarthWISE certification application. After an
application is received, an on‐site certification assessment determines whether or not the EarthWISE certification is warranted.