Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Clean the World have announced a new agreement to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases. An estimated 1.6 million pounds of hotel soap may be recycled each year through the partnership. The agreement, potentially involving 500 Starwood hotels in North America, is the first corporate agreement for Clean the World.
Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities and, in just two years of operation, has distributed more than eight million bars of soap to children and families in the United States and more than 40 countries worldwide, including Haiti, Japan, Zimbabwe, Uganda, India, Honduras, Mexico and Albania.
Each day, 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases that can be prevented by washing with bar soap. Clean the World Foundation has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most – to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions , to lessen the impact of disease, and to promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide.
“Our North American properties represent more than 176,000 rooms, each of which offer the highest quality soaps and bottled amenities to our guests on a daily basis,” said Denise Coll, President of Starwood Hotels in North America. “This partnership amplifies our commitment to corporate social responsibility, and it also should make every member of
our Starwood family feel better about the role they play each day in caring for our Earth and the people who inhabit it.”
“A partnership with Starwood brings tremendous resources and opportunity to help advance our global hygiene revolution,” said Shawn Seipler, Executive Director of Clean the World. “With hotel properties throughout North America, Starwood will be able to provide an estimated 1.6 million pounds of soap annually to children and families who are desperately in need of better access to hygiene products. Additionally, 2.8 million pounds of Starwood hotel waste may be diverted from landfills each year with the help of Clean the World. It’s this type of hotel partnership – a commitment from an organization with significant scale – that will
ultimately help save millions of lives.”