March 22, 2010

The Hospitality Industry's "Clean the World" initiative

Kudos to the many hotels — that are partnering with Clean the World and recycling their partially used soap and shampoo—230 tons of it so far. They distribute it to people in desperate need of proper hygiene, most recently in Haiti, as well as domestic homeless shelters. Since January 2010, Clean the World has delivered more than 150 tons of recycled (and sanitized) soaps and shampoos to Haiti.

Everyday in America, thousands of hotels discard millions of pounds of soap and shampoo. These products usually end up in landfills and could contaminate fragile groundwater systems. Clean the World has put over 4 million soap bars and 200,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner back into use, simultaneously eliminating over 380 tons of waste.

Simple hand washing could substantially reduce the spread of diseases that result in five million deaths each year. It is unconscionable that  the majority of deaths are children less than five years old.

This Clean the World initiative of the hospitality industry now has more than 170 hotel partners, including all of Walt Disney World Resort's 28,000 central Florida hotel rooms, recycling their partially used amenities. Many Holiday Inn Express hotels participate in this program. The one in Abington, Virginia, is one of only three partners In Virginia so far. Calls to the local Williamsburg Holiday Inn Express were not returned, but I hope that my phone call will prompt them to sign on.

Clean the World's goal is to ensure that all 4.6-million hotel rooms in the US are recycling their partially used soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and bath gel.

What can YOU do? Contact hotels in your area, and tell hotels that you stay in, especially the hotel’s General Manager, about the Partner Recycling Program.