Sands Confidential

Follow the Money: How Sands Cares Assists Clean the World

Through Sands Cares, the corporate giving and community engagement program of Las Vegas Sands, Clean the World and Las Vegas Sands have collaborated on two key projects that have benefited the homeless community and made a significant impact globally.  The Global Hygiene Kit Builds held at all Las Vegas Sands properties in the U.S. and Asia provides hygiene supplies to those who don’t have access to them and the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World, serves the Las Vegas community by providing showers to those who are living on the streets. 

“Sands Cares has provided Clean the World with funding to operate the mobile showers as well as organizing annual Global Hygiene Kit Build events,” said Sandie Beauchamp, vice president of marketing, products and technology for Clean the World.  “This partnership brings health and hygiene to those in need globally and locally.  Together, Sands and Clean the World have served over 632,000 people from the hygiene kit building events.  In the first year of operation of the mobile showers, over 7,500 showers were provided to residents in the Las Vegas Valley, primarily the vulnerable homeless community.  At the showers, approximately 10,000 hygiene kits have been distributed to individuals this past year, along with information on resources from countless partners in the community.”

CEO Shawn Seipler founded Clean the World in 2009, starting his social enterprise in a one-car garage in Orlando, Florida.  At the time, Seipler was a vice president for a technology company and spent about 150 nights a year in hotel rooms, traveling for business. He began to wonder what happened to all the used bars of soap after he checked out of a hotel. He found out they were simply thrown away.  After learning that hand washing with soap could potentially prevent the deaths of millions of children every year, Seipler launched Clean the World to recycle soap and save lives.

“Our mission is to collect and recycle soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry and other sectors that generate environmental waste,” Beauchamp said.  “Through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished people, we’re able to help to reduce the morbidity rate for hygiene-related illnesses and encourage vigorous childhood development.  We envision a future where the top two killers of children under the age of five, pneumonia and diarrheal disease, will be eradicated as a result of global access to soap and hygiene education. We hope that every bar of soap in hotels around the world can be recycled, eliminating soap waste in landfills while helping to preserve our planet for future generations.”