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Update on Clean the World’s Activities

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Most of you are familiar with Clean the World, the organization that repurposes partially or unused soap and bottled amenities. If your hotel is not yet participating in Clean the World’s programs, I strongly encourage it to do so. One of the benefits of supporting Clean the World is receiving its monthly newsletter. Here are some highlights from the organization’s November newsletter:

Clean the World has a fresh new look with its new website. Says Clean the World, “Whether you’re a partner, a supporter, or just stopping by to say hi, our new website’s ease of navigation puts the user in the front seat of their Clean the World experience. Our new website creates a simplified navigation experience through streamlined access to our services platform, foundation program, and services.

New Mobile Shower in Nevada

On October 25, Clean the World showcased a newly launched mobile shower that will provide services to the unhoused individuals and families of Clark County, Nev. The program was expanded through a public/private partnership with Clark County GovernmentCaesars Entertainment, and Caesars Foundation and will serve Clark County’s unhoused population and will help stop the spread of hygiene-related illnesses, such as COVID-19.

A World Changing Idea

Clean the World announced that its Soap Saves Lives Box was awarded Fast Company’s World-Changing Idea 2021. Businesses and organizations are awarded the World-Changing Ideas award because of their dedication to helping fight the pandemic and supporting people during the crisis. Further, Soap Saves Lives Box was recognized for the award’s Corporate Social Responsibility category, which highlights initiatives that use a company’s platform and power to help advance change, either internally or for the community. Check Clean the World out on their website.

Says Clean the World: “We believe that Soap Saves Lives Box is one of the best ways to support a local charity, community, or neighbor in need. Our Soap Saves Lives Box creates the perfect opportunity for team building while supporting a charity of your choice by engaging your family members, friends, or employees. Hygiene kit builds can be done in-person, at-home, or a combination of the two.”

Founder Featured in Podcast

Shawn Seipler of Orlando, Fla., founded Clean the World 12 years ago to fight life-threatening illnesses in children who had no access to soap and water. He started by collecting discarded guestroom soaps from a single hotel in his neighborhood. Today Clean the World has recycled 63 million bars of amenity-sized soap from more than 8,000 hotels and resorts and distributed them to 127 countries. The COVID-19 pandemic dealt Clean the World a dramatic blow in its programming and growth strategy. Lodging Leader’s introductory episode in its special series, “Happy to Be of Service: Stories of Hospitality Giving Back,” features Seipler who talks about Clean the World’s beginnings and how a hospitality industry in recovery has helped the organization pick up the pieces and move forward with its life-saving mission. Listen here.

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