Monday, May 10, 2010

I spy with my green eyes....

"Clean the World".....I met a representative of Clean the World at a conference I attended in February. They have an amazing program operating in the states. Of particular interest to me is the soap recycling program. We have all used those little hotel soaps and, what waste we are generating, there has to be a better way. (It is estimated that 2 million bars of soap end up in landfills each year - source National Geographic)

There is a better way and Clean the World has a wonderful
soap recycling program. Working with hospitality partners to educate their staff on the soap and shampoo program, they provide bins which housekeeping uses to deposit collected soap. They use two recycling methods, re-batching and sterilization.

Rebatching applies to moderate/heavily used bars. Soap is cooked to remove all impurities and reformed into 2-ounce bars.

For the remaining 90% of slightly used bars, the soap soaks in a sanitizing solution and then treated with a steam/pressure combination. It is then tested for pH level and cooled for packaging.

For green meeting planners, this is another way for you to be socially responsible. Clean the World donation stations can be set up at the hotels where your attendees will deposit their bathroom amenities at the end of the day.

Your attendees get to see first hand how this program impacts the environment and helps save lives:

After the meeting, Clean the World will provide the actual totals of the donated items that were collected during the event and the number of families that will benefit due to the organization’s participation in the program.

More information about the program can be accessed at

They also have a facebook page and a channel on Youtube. I am in the process of finding out if their operations extend to Canada....will keep you posted.

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