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Hotel Companies Help Clean the World
In 2011, Hersha announced its partnership with Clean the World and became the largest hotel management company to partner with the organization since its founding. Clean the World is an innovative not-for-profit organization that aims to prevent the spread of preventable diseases around the world by recycling soap and bottled amenities that would otherwise be discarded.
“Hersha understands the value of the Clean the World program and its essential role in our goal to advance a global hygiene revolution.”
— Shawn Seipler, Executive Director at Clean the World
Every day, impoverished people around the world die from acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease because they have no soap. The death toll is staggering. More than five million lives are lost to these diseases each year with the majority of deaths being among children less than five years old. Studies have shown that simple hand washing substantially reduces the spread of these diseases.
At the same time, thousands of hotels in North America discard millions of pounds of soap and shampoo each day. These products often end up in already overflowing landfills and contaminate fragile groundwater systems.
In an effort to prevent these needless deaths from occurring and reduce unnecessary waste, Clean the World distributed recycled soap products to impoverished countries worldwide and to domestic homeless shelters.
We are very proud of this partnership and the role that we will play in preventing countless hygiene-related deaths in our global community. We hope that through our partnership, others will come to adopt our approach and join the movement.