What is Clean the World?

Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization committed to reducing the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products and preventing the millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses around the world.  Clean the World was founded in February 2009 by Shawn Seipler and Paul Till and is based in Orlando, FL.

How does Clean the World accomplish its mission?

Clean the World accomplishes its mission by collecting, recycling, and distributing discarded soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions and gels from participating hospitality partners. Clean the World recycles guest room hygiene items at its Recycling Operations Center (ROC) and distributes them for humanitarian purposes with partnering nonprofit organizations. The items are distributed domestically and to children and families in communities around the globe.

How does soap save lives?

Hand washing with soap significantly reduces the impact of two fatal diseases: acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease. These are the top two killers of children less than 5-years-old, and represent an opportunity for recycled soap to become the primary ingredient in Clean the World’s global hygiene revolution.

How much waste has Clean the World
prevented from going to the landfill?

Since inception, Clean the World has eliminated more than 1.4 million lbs. (700 tons) of hotel waste from polluting local landfills.

How do hotel partners recycle soap?

Hotels join Clean the World’s Hotel Partnership program and receive the full marketing benefits that the program provides to help publicize amenity recycling efforts. Clean the World provides hospitality partners with bins for housekeeping staff to deposit collected soap and shampoo bottles.  These bins are picked up weekly by Clean the World staff or logistics partners and are transported to the nearest Recycling Operations Center.

Is the soap safe?

The soap has been tested by TriTech Laboratories, a Florida state-certified testing facility.  TriTech infects soap to run through the standard Clean the World recycling process and checks to see what happens. As a result of the cleansing process, the soap has been given a 100% clean bill of health. All pathogens, including Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aerogenes, Salmonella typhymurium, and Staphylococcus aureus, are successfully removed from the soaps by this patent-pending process.

Where does Clean the World operate?

Clean the World collects it products from hotel partners and individual soap drives in all 50 United States, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 10 Canadian provinces. Clean the World has recycling operations centers are in Orlando, Las Vegas, and Toronto.

Who are your hospitality partners?

Clean the World has more than 1,600  hospitality partners throughout North America, including The Walt Disney World Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, IHG, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Best Western International, Joie de Vivre Hotels, and select Hilton and Hyatt branded properties. For more information on how to join our hospitality partners click here.

How do you distribute the soap and shampoo?

Clean the World partners with non-governmental organizations such as World Vision, Harvest Time International and Children International, which help distribute the donations domestically and internationally. To view a list of our global distribution partners, click here.  If your organization is interested in receiving soap to help people in specific communities, please fill out and email the Donation Request Form.

Who does the recycling work?

  • 30+ full-time employees
  • Volunteers
  • Team-building and CSR Activity groups

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Clean the World
Fast Facts:

  • We are operational in 50 states across the United States & 10 Canadian Provinces.
  • Our Orlando Recycling Center has the capacity to produce over 80,000 bars a day. Other centers opening soon.
  • All collection pickups are done by uniformed, professional Clean the World employees, and all staff are required to adhere to professional, dress and conduct codes and policies..
  • We have a collection process includes both soap and all bottled amenities. Our process is a complete hotel bathroom amenity program.

Soap Distribution

  • Since inception, CTW collected and distributed more than 12 million bars of soap to more than 65 countries worldwide including Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Swaziland, Mali, Mongolia, Uganda, Honduras, and Romania.
  • Clean the World partners with major NGO’s World Vision, World Food Program, and Harvest Time International.
  • Clean the World is a natural disaster First Responder. In January 2010, as part of our Haiti Earthquake Relief efforts, we collected and distributed over 150 tons of hygiene products, medical supplies, water, and other essentials to Haiti.
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