Clean the World Foundation, Inc. (Orlando, FL)


  • Name:Margie Torres-Ortiz
  • Title:Development Director

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  • Organization Name:Clean the World Foundation, Inc.
  • Address:400A Pittman Street
    Orlando, FL 32801
    United States

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  • Main phone:4075748353x1013

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  • Mission:
  • Each day 6,000 children worldwide will die before their fifth birthday due to hygiene related illnesses, namely respiratory infections and diarrheal disease. Studies show that simple intervention with bar soap and proper hygiene education can reduce those deaths by up to 50%.

    While this critical need for soap exists, hotels in America throw away 1.5 million bars of soap every day. This soap makes a sizable contribution to landfill waste and can easily be put to better use.

    In response, Clean the World focuses on a two-part mission:

    1. Save the planet by collecting and recycling soap and hygiene products discarded by the hospitality industry to reduce environmental waste.

    2. Save lives by distributing recycled soap products to prevent hygiene-related diseases, reduce childhood morbidity rates, and encourage child development.

  • Overview:
  • Did you ever wonder what happens to the bar of soap you use when you stay at a hotel? Usually it gets thrown away and ends up in a landfill. The scale of this issue may not seem significant until you consider that 4.5 million hotel rooms in the U.S. discard 1.5 million bars of soap every single day. This soap makes a considerable contribution to landfill waste and can easily be put to better use.

    Each day nearly 6,000 children die from diseases that can be prevented by hand washing with soap. The two biggest killers of children in the developing world are diarrheal disease and respiratory infections. The simple act of washing hands with soap can cut diarrhea risk by almost half, and respiratory infection by a third.

    In America, the number of families in poverty and homelessness is staggering, creating a huge need for life-saving soap. Children living in unsanitary conditions are at high risk for developing deadly hygiene-related diseases. In fact, the rate of diarrheal infections is five times higher among these children, respiratory infections are twice as common, and death from respiratory diseases is seven times higher.

    In every case, washing with soap is a proven better option for hygiene-related disease control than vaccines, yet soap is often unobtainable by families in crisis who must prioritize basic needs above hygiene. Soap Saves Lives!

    Clean the World Foundation is working at the intersection of these issues to reduce waste and save lives, one bar of soap at a time. We collect partially-used and discarded soap from thousands of hotels across America, recycling it into millions of new bars, and then we distribute the new soap to people who lack access to it around the world. By diverting tons of soap waste and repurposing hygiene amenities, we can improve sanitation conditions, protect our precious planet, and deliver on the promise of saving lives through the power of soap.

    Clean the World is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Orlando with facilities in Las Vegas and Hong Kong. We provide socially responsible programs that address environmental, health, and socioeconomic wellbeing through local, national, and global initiatives. We bring awareness to the plight of children around the world who are dying needlessly, and work to ensure that a lifetime of good health is not a luxury, but a basic right.

    In just five years, we have diverted 3,000 tons of hotel soap waste from reaching our nation’s landfills, placing 25 million new soap bars into human use around the globe and 500,000 hygiene kits across America. We collect, recycle and distribute life-saving soap over a geographic area encompassing all 50 United States, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, 10 Canadian Provinces, and 99 countries worldwide.

    Our mission is fulfilled through a scope of services:

    Recycling Operations – Partners with 4,000 hotels enrolled in our Hospitality Recycling Program who collect and ship soap waste to our facilities in Orlando, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong. Bar soap is sterilized, ground, and pressed into new bars. Bottled amenities are sanitized and re-purposed in hygiene kits.

    Global Soap Distribution Services – Allocates and delivers soap products worldwide through a network of hundreds of community service partners in the U.S. and internationally with leading relief agencies, including World Vision, Children International, Floating Doctors, Red Cross, Salvation Army, International Medical Corps, and Harvest Time International.

    Volunteer Services – Executes the scale of our mission through the dedication of 10,000+ volunteers engaged in all aspects of our operation. Citizens of every age, ability and walk of life contribute to the well-being of our environment and communities, while advancing the purpose of recycling soap to save lives.

    ONE Project – Brings community together to address the pressing need for hygiene items to help families in poverty. Corporate, civic and community groups engage in social responsibility activities to assemble ONE Project hygiene kits for donation to local homeless shelters, food pantries, and human service agencies. In this way, "One Kit for One Individual can change One Life."

  • History:
  • With a mindset for corporate social responsibility and a desire to make a difference, Shawn Seipler, CEO and Executive Director, co-founded Clean the World in 2009. Working as vice president of sales and marketing for a global e-commerce technology company required an extensive amount of travel. It was during one of these trips that he wondered what happens to the little bar of soap used once or twice when you stay at a hotel. After speaking with hotel staff, he learned that all unused and partially used soap is thrown away on a daily basis. Upon his return home, and after hundreds of hours contacting hotels, Shawn realized that this soap waste was the norm in the hospitality industry. He then began to investigate the concept of recycling hotel bar soap and re-purposing it for social good.

    Shawn’s research soon led him to discover that two very deadly diseases - acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases - are the top two causes of death worldwide among children under the age of five. Studies proved that up to fifty percent of these deaths could be avoided through proper hand washing with bar soap. By putting soap in the hands of children in need, millions of lives could be saved. This social entrepreneur then made the commitment to focus his corporate experience toward this humanitarian cause.

    That vision has grown from a soap-recycling project in a one-car garage to an innovative social enterprise that distributes millions of recycled soap bars all over the world. Clean the World’s innovative soap recycling process bridges the gap between the millions of pounds of soap waste discarded by the hospitality industry, and re-purposes the soap for consumption by impoverished people who die of diseases that simple hygiene can prevent. We created a new green industry and new ways of approaching social responsibility. We are leading a Global Hygiene Revolution to change how we view waste and recycling, adding a component of altruism for greater community health, economy and value.

    Today, Clean the World is the first and only high-volume soap recycler worldwide, fast becoming a leader in sustainability practices, earning the Sustainable Florida 2011 Best Practice Award in Sustainable Leadership, 2013 Mutual of America Community Partnership Award Merit Finalist, and in October 2014 selected as one of “50 Companies to Watch” by GrowFL, the Florida state economic development organization.

    We are working to create systematic change, where soap collection for recycling is a mandated hospitality industry standard and a key strategy in corporate sustainability plans to ensure that soap waste is diverted from landfills. Consumers today appreciate green initiatives and socially responsible efforts, and are concerned about the environmental impact of their own behavior as well as that of the businesses they patronize. Clean the World provides the hotel industry with a perfect solution for practicing environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

    For Clean the World, an important component of The Global Hygiene Revolution is the implementation of new Recycling Operation Centers in select regions that provide critically important facilities for supplying long-term soap production in high need areas. We are seeking expansion in Japan, Europe, West Africa, and the mid-western United States. We continuously build partnerships with global leaders in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) efforts to fill existing gaps in the supply and demand of soap. These developments ensure that we can increase the amount of soap waste collected for recycling, re-purposing, and distribution, increase the amount of soap waste diverted from landfills, and advance the work of the WASH sector in meeting UN Millennium Development Goals addressing child health and mortality rates.

    As part of the continuum in the Global Hygiene Revolution, Clean the World is also creating new approaches in soap recycling and social-microenterprise development. Our goal is to develop replicable models that generate long-term, sustainable solutions for communities around the world to gain greater environmental, physical and economic health.

  • Year established:2009
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:6
  • Staff size:50


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:26-4212487

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:264212487
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% PARAMITA DAS
  • Organization Address:2544 E LANDSTREET RD STE 600
  • Organization City:ORLANDO
  • Organization State:FL
  • Organization Zip:32824-7933
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 2009
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2015
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:Q30
  • Asset Amount:$5,025,961
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$9,123,610
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$9,115,646
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 4:53:25 pm

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