Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sustainability is a Core Value for Coastal Hotels

The Cedarbrook Lodge in Seattle
During its 25 years in business, Coastal Hotels has solidified a national reputation as an innovator in developing, managing and marketing distinctive lodging destinations. The West Coast management company embraced another innovation by selecting Clean the World as its designated soap and hygiene amenity recycling partner.

Today Coastal Hotels manages four independent lodging properties:

     • The Cedarbrook Lodge in Seattle, one of the Northwest’s premier destination resorts
     • The Resort at The Mountain in Welches, Ore.
     • The landmark Lodge on the Desert in Tucson, Ariz.
     • The iconic Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Wash.
     • The Best Western Plus Heritage Inn in Bellingham, Wash.

Cedarbrook Lodge embraces green practices across all departments, acknowledging that green initiatives are not only environmentally responsible, but economically beneficial too. The food and beverage team’s commitment to sustainability is evident in their decision to use a cutting-edge, 100 percent biodegradable and compostable sugarcane tableware product. Even Cedarbrook housekeeping staff uniforms are environmentally friendly while maintaining a sense of fashion and function. Made of 100 percent post-consumer drinking bottles, the uniform fabric – called Greenplus – saves natural resources and helps keep waste out of landfills.

Environmental conservation is an essential element of Lodge on the Desert’s mission and vision. The hotel embraces green practices across all departments, including sourcing food from local growers, converting used cooking oil to biodiesel fuels, and implementing paperless guest check-in and check-out.

The Resort at the Mountain was using sustainable business practices long before there was a global buzz about going green. In 2002, The Resort’s 27-hole golf course became a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, recognized for environmental excellence. With a long history of community leadership in “green” practices, The Resort at The Mountain continues to expand its commitment to sustainability by implementing a wide spectrum of eco-friendly policies. The Resort at The Mountain planted 11,000 new indigenous plants throughout the 300-acre property. The plants improve air quality, conserve water and harbor wildlife.

Featured in all Semiahmoo Resort guest rooms are ESA (Environmentally Sensitive Amenities) bath products. Certain products are packaged in biodegradable bottles. Hand-crafted vegetable-based soaps contain minimal preservatives and feature post-consumer non-bleached board, soy-based ink packaging.

It is an honor for Clean the World to work with a company so focused on social responsibility. Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword at Coastal Hotels. It is part of their DNA.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Business Awards of Macau Recognize Clean the World

Less than a year after expanding into Asia, Clean the World had the honor of being recognized by the Business Awards of Macau. Noting our efforts to reduce the amount of waste bound for landfills, judges selected Clean the World for the Excellence Award in the Environmental Performance category.

In its second year, the Business Awards of Macau promote the best achievements of companies and individuals that have made exceptional contributions toward the development of Macau. The program honors leadership, talent, innovation, corporate social responsibility, and strategic accomplishments. It provides an opportunity for the Macau business community to show off their achievements to society. Participation in the awards is open to all individuals, businesses of all sizes and from all sectors, and other relevant organizations that conduct activities in Macau on a permanent basis.

Expanding into a new region presents more than a few challenges, but we were lucky to have assistance from so many helpful partners, including Sands, The Peninsula, Mandarin and Conrad. Thanks to everyone and all the organizations supporting the Global Hygiene Revolution in Asia.

Visit the Business Awards of Macau website for more information.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Canyons Collection Offers Unique Properties to Suit Your Mood

If you’ve never considered vacationing in Southern Nevada, we might plant the seed by telling you about a new Clean the World recycling partner in Kanab, Utah.

The Canyons Collection is a group of unique hotels in the ideal central location for trips to Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon North Rim, and Antelope Canyon. With its classic elegance, the Victorian Inn is Kanab’s only boutique-style hotel. Canyons Lodge has a rustic flair, and features Western log buildings, relaxing outdoor areas and a fire pit. And the retro cool of Quail Park Lodge comes complete with amazing views of red rock vistas from the deck.

Welcome to the family, Canyons Collection!

Personal, Authentic, Creative: It’s a Broughton Thing

Hotel Normandie, Los Angeles
It makes sense that Broughton Hotels operates properties in both California and Chicago, because the company’s values are a refreshing mix of California cool and Midwest warmth. They strive to be personal, authentic, and creative.

Recycling soap and bottled amenities through Clean the World is a perfect fit.

For more than 10 years, Broughton has achieved success as a full-service hotel management company for a diverse portfolio of boutique properties. The foundation of their success is built on a “from-the-ground-up” philosophy of developing engaged, enthusiastic teams and responding to each challenge individually. They emphasize honesty, integrity and ethics in all they do – and that includes sustainable business practices and charitable involvement.

Donating time, money and resources is a cornerstone of Broughton’s company culture. And we are proud to have them as a partner in the Global Hygiene Revolution.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Pacifica Hotels Reaches 5,000-Pound Milestone

One of the awesome things about working with companies in the hospitality industry is that they typically have a strong commitment to community involvement. Pacifica Hotels is a great example. With giving back as a core value – Pacifica supports charitable organizations and encourages employee service. Those efforts are reflected in the company’s recent milestone achievement of contributing more than 5,000 pounds of discarded soap and bottled amenities to the Global Hygiene Revolution.

With Pacifica’s barely used soap, Clean the World is able to create more than 23,000 re-manufactured soap bars. And nearly 6,000 plastic bottles of can be re-purposed into ONE Project hygiene kits. The kits are distributed to homeless shelters, missions, and disaster relief organizations.

Thank you for your support, Pacifica! Our recycling facilities are ready for the next 5,000 pounds.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Grand Opening of Clean the World's New Hong Kong Recycling Center

Clean the World rolled out the red carpet at a new Recycling Operations Center in Hong Kong on Wednesday. This new, expanded facility is outfitted with a complete production line to turn discarded hotel soap into clean new bars. Soap from hotel partners in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore will flow into the Hong Kong facility.

Along with founder Shawn Seipler and chief strategy officer Michael O'Quinn, Clean the World Asia managing director Jolene Han welcomed guests and provided tours of the facility. Visitors included executives from Sands, The Peninsula, Mandarin and Conrad.

This new production line and our expanded footprint in Asia would not have happened without the generous support of Las Vegas Sands Corp. A $1 million corporate citizenship donation announced last month provided funds for additional growth both in the United States and internationally.

Sands properties in Macau have contributed more than 40,000 pounds of discarded soap, which will be converted into 100,000 recycled bars. The soap will be distributed to people who are at high risk of contracting hygiene-related illnesses.

Assisting Jolene in the Hong Kong center are logistics partner Otto Wang, and manufacturing partner Alan Choy.


A red carpet welcome for visitors to our Hong Kong Recycling Operations Center.


Chief Strategy Officer Michael O'Quinn making sure the recycled soap bars meet our high quality standards.


Clean the World founder Shawn Seipler (right) greeted guests and offered tours.
Guests got a first-hand look at how Clean the World converts trash to life-saving treasure.

BungoBox Co-Founder Tom Cannon Joins Clean the World as CMO

The following press release was issued today by Clean the World:

ORLANDO, FL. — (May. 6, 2014) – After growing his moving-box rental company to 20 markets across North America in just five years, BungoBox co-founder Tom Cannon is bringing his knack for innovative marketing to Clean the World. Cannon is the new chief marketing officer for the rapidly growing social enterprise, which recycles soap and bottled amenities from more than 2,000 hotel partners in North America and Asia.
Cannon was instrumental in the launch of three successful companies, and has held executive-level positions in sales, marketing, management, manufacturing, and distribution. He currently serves on the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and is one of the founding organizers of the annual Startup Weekend Orlando event.
Clean the World’s simple mission is to recycle hotel soap and save lives by putting hygiene products in the hands of those who need them most. About 2 million children under the age of 5 die every year due to hygiene-related illnesses. Hand washing with soap is a low-cost intervention that can reduce those deaths by almost 50 percent. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 17 million bars of soap in 96 countries.
“Tom started BungoBox in 2009 at about the same time we founded our organization,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “We often compared notes and shared our experiences with each other over the years, because both companies have a sustainability focus. Clean the World is in a major growth phase right now. So when Tom told me he was looking for a new challenge, I knew immediately that he was the perfect person to guide our overall marketing strategy along with international expansion efforts.”
After building one revolutionary business, Cannon looks forward to using his experience to help Clean the World save more lives with soap.
“At BungoBox, we introduced consumers to a new way of moving by using durable, stackable, sustainable plastic boxes,” Cannon said. “Clean the World created the market and set the standard for soap and bottled amenity recycling. However, there is still a massive opportunity here in North America and in untapped markets around the globe. Hospitality professionals in many parts of the world still aren’t familiar with this alternative to landfill disposal. We are about to change that.”
About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the world. Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 2,000 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under 5. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 17 million bars of soap in 96 countries. Through the "ONE Project," Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information: http://www.cleantheworld.org
CONTACT:
John Terry
Clean the World
jterry@cleantheworld.org
407-574-8353 Ext. 104 

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Friday, May 2, 2014

SunStream Hotels Join Clean the World


As the Global Hygiene Revolution continues to spread across North America and the world – we still enjoy welcoming new partners from Florida, which is where it all started. One of our newest management company partners is SunStream Hotels & Resorts, based in Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

SunStream has a collection of unique condominium-style hotels and resorts in Fort Myers Beach, Naples and Daytona Beach. The company embraces a set of core values ensuring strength, stability and success in the future. Their commitment to sustainability has been recognized by the Florida Green Lodging Program, which designated the DiamondHead Beach Resort & Spa on Fort Myers Beach, and Bellasera Hotel in Naples, as facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources.