UPS customer's clean work saves lives
Carbon neutral shipping works well for Clean the World's mission.
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Ever wonder what happens to the soap you leave behind when you check out of a hotel? Shawn Seipler did and found out that most of it – about a million bars a day – ended up in landfills. He also discovered that a million children die each year from diseases that soap can help prevent.
With partner Paul Till, Seipler founded Clean the World, a nonprofit that collects soap and shampoo from hotels, sterilizes and processes it, and ships it to Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Swaziland, Mali, Mongolia, Uganda, Honduras and other developing countries.
Clean the World now partners with 1,500 hospitality organizations in North America, including Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Caesars Entertainment.
Since its 2009 launch, the Orlando, Fla.-based nonprofit has distributed more than 10 million bars of soap and 600,000 pounds of bottled amenities in more than 55 countries.
Clean the World founders wanted to extend their commitment to protecting the environment beyond keeping soap out of landfills. Searching for a shipping method that mitigated their carbon footprint, they chose UPS's carbon neutral shipping option.
With carbon neutral shipping, companies pay a small amount per shipment – as little as 5 cents for a ground package – to offset the carbon emissions generated during the shipping process. Another option is to have UPS buy offsets based on the emissions associated with all the companies' shipments. The money raised in the carbon neutral program pays for initiatives such as restoring wildlife habitat in the Garcia River Forest in Mendocino County, Calif., and capturing methane from the Fujian Landfill site in southern China to generate clean electricity.
Clean the World ships nearly 2 tons of goods daily with UPS, so the carbon offsets add up quickly.
"With the UPS carbon neutral shipping program, our hospitality partners can extend their green initiatives beyond soap collection and into the shipping of those amenities for recycling and distribution around the globe," Seipler says. "The entire process is a sustainable, socially responsible solution that saves lives and protects the planet."
When the carbon neutral program launched, Clean the World announced it to its hospitality industry partners through an e-mail newsletter. The partners' enthusiasm for the program led to a doubled increase in participation in the first week, says Amirah Aidi, UPS account manager. "Clean the World had hotels that were signed up [to collect soaps] but not participating," she explains. "The popularity of the carbon neutral program played a big part in getting them to respond."
The program also makes it easy for the nonprofit to track its carbon offsets and report back to the hotels. "To do an in-depth analysis of the carbon footprint on their own would be very expensive," Aidi says. "With us, they just check a box when they create a label. It's easy for them to use and there's no setup required."
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