Clean the World (CTW)™, a non-profit, charitable organization, headquartered in Orlando, has just got its newly-formed hotel industry partnership off to a flying start. The organization recently completed its first airlift of more than 2,000 pounds (21,000 bars) of donated hotel soaps to churches and orphanages in Cap Haitien, Haiti, the poorest region of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
“It’s amazing that our industry hadn’t thought of this before,” said Alan C. Villaverde, president, Peabody Hotels and general manager of The Peabody Orlando, one of CTW’s first hotel partners. […] “I encourage all hotels, whether independently owned and managed, or major, big-name chain properties, to contact Clean the World and become partners in this truly outstanding program. The U.S. hotel industry has the power to do untold good where it is most needed.”
CTW, which partners with Central Care Mission, is primarily committed to providing personal hygiene products to Third World countries where the simple act of washing hands in soap and water can reduce the millions of deaths of little children due to respiratory and diarrheal illnesses. “We were astonished to learn that 3.5-million children die annually due to acute respiratory and diarrheal diseases,” said Shawn Seipler, the organizations executive director. […] “ There are 4.6-million hotel rooms in the United States alone, and it is estimated that some 2.6-million bars of soap are discarded every day, enough to supply each of those 3.5-million children with a bar of soap every three days.”
The unique recycling of “gently-used” hotel soaps and shampoos, results in thousands of pounds of sterilized soap being shipped to under-privileged Third World countries, such as Haiti. The program creates jobs, ten new paying jobs have been created since March, 2009, saves lives because of improved personal hygiene, feeds the homeless, and helps save the planet by reducing the thousands of tons of hotel soaps and shampoos dumped into landfills every day.
[…] CTW operates two recycling methods: Re-batching and Sterilization. Re-batching is applied to 30 percent of moderately- to heavily-used bars. Soap is “cooked” to remove all impurities and is re-formed into two-ounce bars. Sterilization is applied to 70 percent of the slightly used bars. Soap soaks in sterilization solution then is shock treated. (Patent Pending). This process completely eliminates the pathogens (Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aerogenes, Salmonella typhymurium, Staphylococcus aureus) as verified by Tri-Tech labs, an environmental testing facility in Orlando, FLA.
CTW reports that currently 100 hotels in Central Florida are active participants in the program. […]These hotels|–|and others|–|represent 10,000 rooms serviced each day, providing 500 pounds of soap daily, 3,500 pounds weekly. Clean the World is busily expanding operations in Boston, Las Vegas, New York, Houston and Chicago. For more information visit the Clean the World web site.
Source: Hospitality Newsmaker Alert, July 2009
See below the video: The Clean Haiti Project — by Clean the World