Source: The Points Guy, Apr 2017
the idea for Clean the World originated from a place of curiosity. Shawn Seipler, a sales and marketing executive for an e-commerce technology company, spent much of his week traveling for work and living out of hotel rooms. As he finished up yet another business trip, he noticed a bar of once-used soap in his hotel bathroom and wondered what would become of it. After calling down to the front desk to find out it would simply be thrown away, he knew there had to be a better way.
According to Clean the World’s website, diarrheal diseases cause approximately 1.8 million deaths per year around the world, with many of those cases occurring in impoverished countries. Yet the World Health Organization points to hand-washing with soap as one of the most effective and cost-efficient ways to avoid these afflictions. For Seipler, the answer was simple: he was going to walk away from the corporate world and dedicate his life and time to turning would-be trash into a potentially life-saving product.
With an estimated five million bars of soap being thrown out every day at hotels around the world, Seipler is not in short supply of product. With the help of approximately 20,000 volunteers, he’s managing to eliminate waste and help individuals in need.
To become a part of the Clean the World endeavor, Seipler told Thrillist hotel partners pay the organization 50 cents per room per month to have their leftover soaps collected, rebatched and redistributed. The non-profit also provides bins and offers training to housekeeping staff at participating hotels.
At the moment, approximately 5,000 hotels across the country are Clean the World partners, including all of Disney’s properties and several major hotels in Las Vegas. Dozens of others in New York, Chicago, London, Hong Kong and Macau have also caught on to the Clean the World way and are doing their part to assist Seipler in his efforts.
When he’s not soliciting new partners, Seipler and his dedicated crew of volunteers spend their time assembling “hygiene kits” to be sent to homeless shelters, deprived areas around the world and nonprofit organizations like the Red Cross and The Salvation Army; in addition to soap, the kits usually include toothbrushes, toothpaste and hand sanitizer. According to Thrillist, the organization distributed 400,000 hygiene kits in 2016 and produced more than seven millions bars of soap.