Saved by Soap

Reducing deadly disease around the world is often as simple as . . . soap. Every day, millions of bars of soap are discarded in the world’s hospitality industry. While in a hotel, Founder Shawn Seipler thought these two issues could have a creative solution. Clean the World is an innovative recycling program that brings toiletries to people in need. The nonprofit partners with hotels to sanitize and recycle soap, shampoos, and lotions, then distributes them to international communities, local shelters, and food banks. And they educate people about the benefits of good hygiene, too, both in under-resourced schools in North America and abroad. Nearly 2,000,000 children under the age of five die every year from hygiene-related illnesses. The most effective way to prevent those deaths is by hand washing with soap. Clean the World is using a readily available resource—something most of us have thrown away—to save lives.

Clean the World

Soap Recycling and Hygiene Programs

Saved by Soap

Reducing deadly disease around the world is often as simple as . . . soap. Every day, millions of bars of soap are discarded in the world’s hospitality industry. While in a hotel, Founder Shawn Seipler thought these two issues could have a creative solution. Clean the World is an innovative recycling program that brings toiletries to people in need. The nonprofit partners with hotels to sanitize and recycle soap, shampoos, and lotions, then distributes them to international communities, local shelters, and food banks. And they educate people about the benefits of good hygiene, too, both in under-resourced schools in North America and abroad. Nearly 2,000,000 children under the age of five die every year from hygiene-related illnesses. The most effective way to prevent those deaths is by hand washing with soap. Clean the World is using a readily available resource—something most of us have thrown away—to save lives.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Shawn
    Shawn

    Hi, this is Shawn, founder of Clean The World. I'm excited to share our story on The Grommet!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/30/2017 3:14 PM

    What are some reactions when people first hear about Clean the World's work?

  • Shawn
    Shawn – Special Guest
    6/30/2017 3:20 PM

    When people first hear about Clean the World, they are often shocked by the amount of waste that these hygiene amenities contribute to landfills. People are often challenged to think about the areas of the world where soap isn't as accessible or affordable as most of us are accustomed to here in the United States.

    For this exact reason, I started Clean the World in a one-car garage in 2009 after learning that more than 2 million bars of hotel soap were thrown away daily in the United States alone.

    At the time, over 9,000 children, were dying every day from acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera, dysentery) that could be prevented by up to 65% through regular hand washing, access to soap and the right hygiene education. I knew if I could figure out a way to recycle this soap, I could get it into the hands of children in need. Through this discovery, Clean the World was formed.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/30/2017 3:14 PM

    Can you tell us a little about the Soap in Schools program? How have communities reacted to it?

  • Shawn
    Shawn – Special Guest
    6/30/2017 3:20 PM

    Soap in Schools is a domestic and international program where Clean the World representatives work with children to teach proper hygiene education and supply their families with fresh bars of soap to help them stay healthy. In Orlando and Las Vegas, Clean the World works with local afterschool programs, engaging the kids with fun trivia and a handwashing song. The children love it and always look forward to seeing the Clean the World table set up at their school.

    In Clean the World’s 9-month Soap in Schools program in Kenya, it worked with over 4,000 students in 12 schools and saw that its hygiene education contributed to a 56% reduction in hygiene-related illnesses and a 45% increase in school attendance. Clean the World recently wrapped up its second international program in Tanzania (serving 5,000 students) and saw comparable results with 49% reduction in hygiene-related illnesses and 42% increase in school attendance. Soap in Schools India and Haiti are launching within the next few months.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/30/2017 3:14 PM

    What are some unexpected rewards and challenges that you have encountered building Clean the World?

  • Shawn
    Shawn – Special Guest
    6/30/2017 3:20 PM

    Clean the World improves global health by getting soap, hygiene supplies, and hygiene education to the world’s most vulnerable populations. It doesn’t just drop off soap and leave – Clean the World makes a long-term commitment to the communities it serves. Clean the World’s goal is to ensure communities have lifelong access to soap and proper hand-washing behaviors.

    Clean the World measures impact to improve outcomes and work to make the impact sustainable through changed behaviors and locally developed soap and hygiene supplies.

    It’s not easy saving lives. Used hand soaps and bottle amenities must be sanitized, recycled, and repurposed. Soap is also heavy so it is expensive to ship. The greatest challenge Clean the World faces is getting these basic amenities into the hands of millions of children and families across the world. It has overcome this challenge by partnering with global hotel partners, setting up distribution centers internationally, and growing the operation so that it can provide help in the areas with the greatest need.

    In addition, Clean the World works with over 5,000 hospitality partners to train staff on the recycling process with instructional videos, posters, and on-site training. The housekeeping staff deposits collected soap and bottled amenities in bins provided by Clean the World. Bins are transported to a Clean the World operations facility through one of three methods: UPS Carbon Neutral Shipping, third-party truck routes, and Clean the World’s own logistics department. After arriving at Clean the World, soap and bottled amenities are sorted and processed for recycling and distribution.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/30/2017 3:15 PM

    How do you define success and what is your team’s "secret sauce” to success?

  • Shawn
    Shawn – Special Guest
    6/30/2017 3:21 PM

    Together, with the help of its 5,000 hotel partners and corporate sponsors, Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families in need. Clean the World is proud to report that its programs have helped lead to a 35% reduction in the number of hygiene-related deaths for children under the age of 5.

    Through its soap recycling and hygiene education programs, Clean the World diverted 14.8 million pounds of waste from landfills, which allowed it to distribute 40 million bars of soap in over 115 countries since 2009. However, there is still work to be done. Roughly 200 children die every hour, 5,500 per day because they lack the very thing needed to stay healthy – access to soap. Clean the World is committed to eradicating the needless deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses through putting their recycled soap in the hands of these children and their families.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/30/2017 3:15 PM

    Where do donations go?

  • Shawn
    Shawn – Special Guest
    6/30/2017 3:22 PM

    Clean the World Foundation had a record-breaking year in 2016. It distributed more soap and hygiene supplies and provided hygiene education to more vulnerable families and children than ever before. Clean the World is dedicated to meeting the world’s greatest hygiene challenges –while also bolstering its commitment to achieving measurable and locally sustainable outcomes.

    Clean the World is graciously supported by contributions from individuals and organizations, through Hospitality Recycling Program fees, in-kind donations and fundraising events. It couldn’t do its work without the generosity of its donors and volunteers. Clean the World relies on their support to accomplish its objectives and continues its mission of improving global health and eradicating hygiene-related deaths globally. It takes tens of thousands of volunteers –and millions of dollars in donations –to make it possible.

    Clean the World’s programs include outcome-based hygiene education both in the United States and globally in over 115 countries, emergency relief efforts, micro loans to small soap businesses in at-risk areas to sustain its impact, and community engagement activities to build awareness on global hygiene and proper hand-washing techniques. More than 92% of cash donations and program fees go directly into program operations making an enormous impact in the community. Since Clean the World began operations in 2009, the mortality rate of children under the age of five worldwide has decreased by 35% - from 9,000 child deaths down to fewer than 6,000 per day. Clean the World is proud to have been part of the global effort to make that happen.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Clean the World

Soap Recycling and Hygiene Programs

Saved by Soap

Reducing deadly disease around the world is often as simple as . . . soap. Every day, millions of bars of soap are discarded in the world’s hospitality industry. While in a hotel, Founder Shawn Seipler thought these two issues could have a creative solution.

Clean the World is an innovative recycling program that brings
toiletries to people in need. The nonprofit partners with hotels to sanitize and recycle soap, shampoos, and lotions, then distributes them to international communities, local shelters, and food banks. And they educate people about the benefits of good hygiene, too, both in under-resourced schools in North America and abroad.

Nearly 2,000,000 children under the age of five die every year from hygiene-related illnesses. The most effective way to prevent those deaths is by hand washing with soap. Clean the World is using a readily available resource—something most of us have thrown away—to save lives.
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Clean the World

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Shawn
    Shawn

    Hi, this is Shawn, founder of Clean The World. I'm excited to share our story on The Grommet!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/30/2017 3:14 PM

    What are some reactions when people first hear about Clean the World's work?

  • Shawn
    Shawn – Special Guest
    6/30/2017 3:20 PM

    When people first hear about Clean the World, they are often shocked by the amount of waste that these hygiene amenities contribute to landfills. People are often challenged to think about the areas of the world where soap isn't as accessible or affordable as most of us are accustomed to here in the United States.

    For this exact reason, I started Clean the World in a one-car garage in 2009 after learning that more than 2 million bars of hotel soap were thrown away daily in the United States alone.

    At the time, over 9,000 children, were dying every day from acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera, dysentery) that could be prevented by up to 65% through regular hand washing, access to soap and the right hygiene education. I knew if I could figure out a way to recycle this soap, I could get it into the hands of children in need. Through this discovery, Clean the World was formed.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/30/2017 3:14 PM

    Can you tell us a little about the Soap in Schools program? How have communities reacted to it?

  • Shawn
    Shawn – Special Guest
    6/30/2017 3:20 PM

    Soap in Schools is a domestic and international program where Clean the World representatives work with children to teach proper hygiene education and supply their families with fresh bars of soap to help them stay healthy. In Orlando and Las Vegas, Clean the World works with local afterschool programs, engaging the kids with fun trivia and a handwashing song. The children love it and always look forward to seeing the Clean the World table set up at their school.

    In Clean the World’s 9-month Soap in Schools program in Kenya, it worked with over 4,000 students in 12 schools and saw that its hygiene education contributed to a 56% reduction in hygiene-related illnesses and a 45% increase in school attendance. Clean the World recently wrapped up its second international program in Tanzania (serving 5,000 students) and saw comparable results with 49% reduction in hygiene-related illnesses and 42% increase in school attendance. Soap in Schools India and Haiti are launching within the next few months.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/30/2017 3:14 PM

    What are some unexpected rewards and challenges that you have encountered building Clean the World?

  • Shawn
    Shawn – Special Guest
    6/30/2017 3:20 PM

    Clean the World improves global health by getting soap, hygiene supplies, and hygiene education to the world’s most vulnerable populations. It doesn’t just drop off soap and leave – Clean the World makes a long-term commitment to the communities it serves. Clean the World’s goal is to ensure communities have lifelong access to soap and proper hand-washing behaviors.

    Clean the World measures impact to improve outcomes and work to make the impact sustainable through changed behaviors and locally developed soap and hygiene supplies.

    It’s not easy saving lives. Used hand soaps and bottle amenities must be sanitized, recycled, and repurposed. Soap is also heavy so it is expensive to ship. The greatest challenge Clean the World faces is getting these basic amenities into the hands of millions of children and families across the world. It has overcome this challenge by partnering with global hotel partners, setting up distribution centers internationally, and growing the operation so that it can provide help in the areas with the greatest need.

    In addition, Clean the World works with over 5,000 hospitality partners to train staff on the recycling process with instructional videos, posters, and on-site training. The housekeeping staff deposits collected soap and bottled amenities in bins provided by Clean the World. Bins are transported to a Clean the World operations facility through one of three methods: UPS Carbon Neutral Shipping, third-party truck routes, and Clean the World’s own logistics department. After arriving at Clean the World, soap and bottled amenities are sorted and processed for recycling and distribution.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/30/2017 3:15 PM

    How do you define success and what is your team’s "secret sauce” to success?

  • Shawn
    Shawn – Special Guest
    6/30/2017 3:21 PM

    Together, with the help of its 5,000 hotel partners and corporate sponsors, Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families in need. Clean the World is proud to report that its programs have helped lead to a 35% reduction in the number of hygiene-related deaths for children under the age of 5.

    Through its soap recycling and hygiene education programs, Clean the World diverted 14.8 million pounds of waste from landfills, which allowed it to distribute 40 million bars of soap in over 115 countries since 2009. However, there is still work to be done. Roughly 200 children die every hour, 5,500 per day because they lack the very thing needed to stay healthy – access to soap. Clean the World is committed to eradicating the needless deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses through putting their recycled soap in the hands of these children and their families.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    6/30/2017 3:15 PM

    Where do donations go?

  • Shawn
    Shawn – Special Guest
    6/30/2017 3:22 PM

    Clean the World Foundation had a record-breaking year in 2016. It distributed more soap and hygiene supplies and provided hygiene education to more vulnerable families and children than ever before. Clean the World is dedicated to meeting the world’s greatest hygiene challenges –while also bolstering its commitment to achieving measurable and locally sustainable outcomes.

    Clean the World is graciously supported by contributions from individuals and organizations, through Hospitality Recycling Program fees, in-kind donations and fundraising events. It couldn’t do its work without the generosity of its donors and volunteers. Clean the World relies on their support to accomplish its objectives and continues its mission of improving global health and eradicating hygiene-related deaths globally. It takes tens of thousands of volunteers –and millions of dollars in donations –to make it possible.

    Clean the World’s programs include outcome-based hygiene education both in the United States and globally in over 115 countries, emergency relief efforts, micro loans to small soap businesses in at-risk areas to sustain its impact, and community engagement activities to build awareness on global hygiene and proper hand-washing techniques. More than 92% of cash donations and program fees go directly into program operations making an enormous impact in the community. Since Clean the World began operations in 2009, the mortality rate of children under the age of five worldwide has decreased by 35% - from 9,000 child deaths down to fewer than 6,000 per day. Clean the World is proud to have been part of the global effort to make that happen.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.