While other hotel brands have been participating in the Clean the World drive, Marriott Vacation Club is the first timeshare brand to get involved with the Foundation. The number of children who die from diseases and infections due to lack of proper hygiene is shocking – approximately 9,000 children die every day.
Because illnesses such as pneumonia and severe diarrhea-related diseases (e.g. cholera) can be prevented by washing with soap, Clean the World is on a mission to give these communities the soap they need, to help promote better hygiene and living conditions in deprived areas.
“This is a great program that helps so many and we’re excited to be involved. To be able to repurpose an item that previously had been discarded to make such a difference to those in need is very rewarding,” said Lee Cunningham, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer-North American and the Caribbean, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation.
So far, 31 of 43 Marriott Vacation Club resorts in the US have contributed over 9,800 pounds of soap and 6,100 pounds of bottled amenities which have been recycled at Clean the World’s three recycling facilities in North America. As a result, more than 52,500 clean bars of soap and hygiene kits have been distributed to 55 countries, diverting eight tons of waste from landfills across the country.
“Marriott Vacation Club, our first timeshare partner, is a prime example of the true commitment we witness among our partners with regards to sustainability and social responsibility,” said Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World.
“The owners and guests who vacation in the timeshare villas can feel good knowing that their partially used amenities, which previously would have been discarded into landfills, are now being recycled and given to children and families in desperate need of hygiene products in the U.S. and worldwide,” said Seipler.
The Clean the World charity hasn't just recycled soap, it has been helping ease landfill as well, In three years the Foundation has recycled and distributed over 10 million bars of soap to families in the U.S. and 55 other countries, while diverting over 1.4 million pounds of landfill waste.
Clean the World Foundation, Inc, executes its mission of saving millions of lives around the globe by leading a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children worldwide – acute respiratory infection and diarrheal diseases. For more information visit: www.cleantheworld.org.