Clean the World: our new Trusted Supplier
Updated: Feb 5
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while diverting hotel waste from landfills. Today, we are pleased to announce that Clean the World is ESHClub's new Trusted Supplier: It operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, and Punta Cana. They lead a "global hygiene revolution" to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from over 8,000 partner hotels and resorts.
15,295 women, 14,229 men, 8,138 infants, and 7,157 children were served.
The organization benefits children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent mortality rate from acute respiratory infections (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera), which are two of the main killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, more than 56 million Clean the World soap bars have been distributed in over 127 countries. Clean the World has served over 10 million people through its soap distribution and hygiene education programs. Additionally, Clean the World supplies hygiene kits to relief organizations across North America.
But now, let's go into a little more detail.
Beyond having sustainability in their business core, supporting the community and the planet, we were very impressed by the service that the Clean the World team provides in the hospitality sector. Hotels generate large volumes of solid waste, therefore, Clean the World offers a soap reduction and bottled product recycling program that can protect the environment, conserve natural resources and reduce costs.
Depending on the hotel size, they throw away dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of bars of soap a day. Clean the World will give those discarded soap bars and plastic bottles a second life. It is a way to stop throwing away lightly used soap bars and plastic bottles discarded by guests. We recycle them and save lives!
Clean the World was recently named "Most Eco-Conscious Global Social Enterprise - 2020" by Corporate Vision magazine. On the other hand, it is not a big surprise, taking into account the many advantages of the Clean the World CSR & Recycling program.
The hotels that will dedicate time to collaborate with Clean the World, engage in a strong recognized corporate social responsibility global program, and partner with them as volunteers to work through their soap recycling process.
Affiliation with the leading soap recycler brings valuable recognition and positive perception of the industry. Besides, comprehensive impact reporting covering waste diversion, collection, and social impact should be considered by providing partners with an easy way to highlight their commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Washing hands with soap is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why the Clean the World Foundation protects over 5 million people in the most vulnerable and at-risk communities. They do it with continuous supplies of soap and education.
Their WASH education programs provide sustainable infrastructure, locally sourced supplies, and needs-based training to schools, health care facilities, and community centers to help achieve sustainable access to WASH for vulnerable communities. They work in dozens of countries around the world every year.
These programs target disadvantaged populations and work with community leaders to design comprehensive multi-year programs that help achieve long-term community development. It includes working to help the community implement WASH infrastructure, such as locally maintainable water wells, water storage, water access points, toilets, and handwashing stations.
Then Clean the World designs a locally tailored, needs-based WASH education program taught by local teachers and health professionals in schools, clinics, and community centers weekly to ensure that individuals and families understand and follow the correct WASH practices. Over time, behaviors are changing, improving, and grounded for lifelong practices.
By monitoring progress, the programs showed a reduction in diarrhea of up to 97% among the target population. At the same time, it has been shown that school attendance increases by 60% or more.
The aim is to ensure that the progress achieved is sustainable by the local community in the future and without being dependent on outside assistance. Continuous access to WASH helps improve health, promote gender equality and improve economic conditions for families and the community as a whole.
In addition, in recent years, the Clean the World Foundation has worked closely with a major strategic partner, Children International. The Clean the World Foundation's mission fits well with that of Children International as both organizations work to improve the lives of vulnerable populations. And, through this great collaboration, the two organizations have worked every year to decrease the spread of hygiene-related diseases.
Through this collaboration in 2019, the Clean the World Foundation shipped over 480,000 bars to Lusaka, Zambia, where the program served the Kanyama, Chibolya, and George compounds. In these regions, poor hygiene practices are a major problem in communities, which results in disease outbreaks. Bacteria in these communities spread rapidly through the entire population and affect all family members. Poor hand washing in these areas is attributed to many causes such as lack of adequate water points, clean running tap water in communities, or access to adequate sanitation supplies.
However, after this collaboration, field offices and health personnel conducted health talks focusing on hygiene education and sanitation. Along with these key health talks, healthcare staff provided handwashing demonstrations and handwashing promotional campaigns together with access to Clean the World soap bars. The availability of soaps promotes good hygiene in these communities and also best hygiene practices at home.
Thank you for what you do, and with immense pleasure, we welcome you to the ESHClub family! :)