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A recurring waste issue for hotels is what to do with the part-used amenities guests leave behind after a stay. Clean The World is a global enterprise that repurposes hygiene supplies and redistributes them to benefit homeless shelters, senior citizens and struggling families around the world.
Ron Vos, general manager at London Heathrow Marriott Hotel, said, “Hundreds of people fly in and out of Heathrow Airport every day and as a result we see hundreds of leisure and business guests come through our doors.
“If you think about the amount of soap that’s discarded by each of these guests and then consider all the people in the world that may not have the luxury of hygiene products, it seems absurd to let it all go to waste.
“Clean The World does a fantastic job of distributing these and other donated products to impoverished people, preventing millions of hygiene-related deaths each year – we’re very pleased to be the first hotel to make a contribution to this cause.”
The partnership forms part of the hotel’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, having been recognised previously by Greenleaders and Green Tourism for its effort to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Shawn Seipler, Clean The World’s founder and CEO, said, “Since 2009, Clean The World has distributed more than one million hygiene kits in the United States, Canada, and Asia, while diverting 3,600 metric tons of waste from landfills.
“European hotels have a strong sustainability focus and are looking for new ways to embrace corporate social responsibility. This expansion is significant for us, and we couldn’t ask for a better launch partner than the London Heathrow Marriott and Marriott International.”
Clean the World began in a small garage in Orlando, when the Central Florida Marriott Business Council helped them establish a strong foothold in hotel properties. Marriott has been an invaluable partner since then.
That relationship continues, and is evident with Clean the World's recent expansion into Europe, where the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel was their first European partner. Clean the World said, “We want to thank Marriott for their ongoing friendship and partnership. We would not have a worldwide footprint with more than 30 million bars distributed if not for Marriott's support.”
When the Global Soap Project launched in 2009, an average of 9,000 children under the age of five died every day from hygiene-related illnesses. Just six years later, the daily average has dropped to around 5,600.
The aim is to drive that number down to zero.
In 2016, Clean the World’s Global Soap & Hygiene Initiative will concentrate on developing and implementing programmes that make a measurable, sustainable impact on global health.