This morning I had an assignment from my blogging buddies to look for anything that had to do with the word Clean. It led me to learning about a fantastic organization called Clean the World. Have you ever wondered what happens to leftover bars of soap and little amounts of shampoo in hotels? There was a time when it was simply thrown in the trash. Such a tragedy. Clean the World has recycled 1.2 million pounds or 600 tons of hotel hygiene products from being dumped into our landfills.
We take so much for granted in our world. Soap is one of those things. It cleans our bodies, our hair but more than that it prevents disease. I wanted to find our more about what they do so I headed to their website. I wanted to learn how it started, how it worked. Here is are some facts from their website. Shawn Seipler and Paul Till are the two people who started it all. In 2009 they founded the non profit organization Clean the World and in the last two years have sent more than 9 million bars of soap to 45 countries. That is only in two years time! It’s just amazing.
I also learned that they are First Responders in natural disasters. When Haiti was devastated by the massive earthquake in January of 2010, Clean the World was able to help, providing over 150 tonnes of hygiene products, medical supplies, water, and other essentials.
How does it work you wonder? Well they work with hotels and collect the leftover products from guest rooms. Items such as soap, shampoo, body wash, conditioner, lotions, etc are deposited in bins. Once a week they are picked up and they are then sent to the nearest Recycling Operation centers. Here at these centers they are soaked, sanitized and sterilized through a steam pressure process. Then once the bars cool they are packaged and distributed locally to shelters, and internationally as well.
It is effective and safe. Their methods were tested by Tri-Tech laboratories and found that the process eliminated bacteria 100%. We know some of these bacteria well like Listeria, E-Coli, Salmonella, and Staph infection as well as Pseudomonas. It is a patent-pending cleaning process that is simply genius. We are so lucky in that we have the tools to prevent most health complications that are associated with certain bacterias. Some children are not so lucky and that is where Clean the World comes in.
Clean the World has cleaning facilities so far in Las Vegas, Orlando, Toronto and Vancouver. With more than 1200 hospitality partners such as Walt Disney World resorts, Hilton, Hyatt are just a few that are involved. Clean the World partners with other non-profit organizations to aid in the distribution of the soaps. World Vision, Salvation Army in Orlando and Harvest time International, and many more.
There are ways that you can help too. You can host your own soap drive. You can Text 2 donate. You can buy a gift card in honor of a loved one. A 25$ gift card will give 85 children enough soap for one month. It’s giving the gift of life though a simple bar of soap. The sad thing is that so many children have died due to diseases that could have been prevented with proper hygiene.
The stats on Clean the World website are staggering. Sadly 8,999,977 children have died since 2009. By the time you get to the website to see the stats, this number will have increased. Thankfully Clean the World is trying to change that. Since 2009 the total amount of soaps that have been distributed to change lives is 9,467,058.
It brings a whole new meaning to clean. A whole new meaning to leftovers. They do indeed save lives. I hope you check out this organization and I am so grateful to my blogging friends for helping me look for something to do with the word Clean. I ended up finding so much more. Another positive way to change the world one bar of soap at a time.
You can visit Clean The World on Facebook & Twitter & You Tube Visit them and follow their blog for more information and updates. I am thinking of getting involved sometimes this year, maybe with my children’s school. I hope you do too.
Stay Positive, Pampered and Clean,