Hotel Valley Ho and Sanctuary Are First in Arizona to Join Clean the World

Thursday May 06th, 2010

Scottsdale, AZ - Hotel Valley Ho and Sanctuary on Camelback have become the first properties in Arizona to join the Clean the World program, which recycles guest room soap and other items for use in developing countries around the world. In most hotels, partially used soap, shampoo, lotion, body wash, and other similar items are simply thrown away.

Hotel Valley Ho and Sanctuary will now be recycling all of these items through Clean the World, a non-profit charity organization which collects the items and then re-packages them to be distributed around the world. Before being re-packaged, the soap undergoes processes which remove all pathogens and make it safe for use.

The soap is a huge humanitarian aid. Millions of children die each year due to pneumonia and diarrheal disease, and as many as 65% of these deaths could be prevented simply through hand washing with bar soap. Between 1 and 1.5 million bars of soap are thrown away in the U.S. each day, and these bars, along with shampoo and other products, contaminate groundwater and end up in landfills. Recycling these products reduces waste, prevents the spread of disease, and even saves lives.

Through Clean the World, soap and other hotel amenities are distributed to over 50 countries worldwide including Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Swaziland, Mali, Mongolia, Uganda, Honduras, and Romania. Items are also distributed domestically to homeless shelters and missions. Over 170 hotels are currently participating in the Clean the World program. Westroc Hotels and Resorts, the local company which manages both Sanctuary and Hotel Valley Ho, is very proud to be the first in the state to participate in this environmentally friendly and philanthropic program.

About Hotel Valley Ho: Hotel Valley Ho is Downtown Scottsdaleā€™s mid-century modern landmark. Originally opened in 1956 and recently restored to its former splendor, this 191-room urban retreat blends mid-century style with modern amenities. Dine at ZuZu, relax at VH Spa for Vitality + Health, and unwind at OH Pool Bar + Cabanas.


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