Green Hospitality: How Your Soap Can Change the World at the Meadowmere in Ogunquit


Clean the World is a global soap project dedicated to improving global health through soap distribution and hygiene programs worldwide.  Clean the world was founded in 2009 by Shawn Seipler the idea for soap recycling came about after he learned that the bars of soap barely used in hotels ended up in a landfill.  The Meadowmere Resort had a similar thought in 2010 when the owner walking through the hallways noticed a number of soaps seemingly untouched in the trash.  Soon after the Meadowmere Resort found the global soap project and without delay became a partner in the program.

The mission of clean the world is to collect and recycle soap and hygiene products that would otherwise generate environmental waste.  Through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished people, prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year, reduce the morbidity rate for hygiene-related illnesses, and encourage vigorous childhood development.

Some of our staff were a bit concerned when they first learned that we were recycling used soap.  Fear not – Clean the World is committed to safety and treats all products at the Clean the World Recycling center through sterilization, grinding, and reshaping into clean new bars of soap prior to distribution.

Thank you for being a part of our hotel in Ogunquit.  We encourage all guests to share with us ideas on how we can constantly improve our environmental impact, should you have a suggestion please leave a comment below.  Our staff is committed to providing quality service to each guest here are a few of their stories:

Speaking of soap, Bryanna noticed that a guest had brought their favorite kind with them on their vacation to Ogunquit recently. A brand new bar of Irish Spring was sitting on the top of the toilet tank. Rather than put the bar in the shower and knowing it would be hard to keep a bar of soap there all week, Bryanna located an extra soap dish – We have these special lovely shells – and small towel to place the dish on. So even before soap reaches the Clean the World program, we give it special attention!

This time of year we know that it can be hard to muster up the will to head outdoors in the cold. It may have been a mild winter overall, but there have been a few chilly nights and days! On one of those such days, Tori was chatting with a guest who got around to asking where they could find ice. Once Tori explained, including directions to the machine, the guest hesitated about going out in the cold. Tori let them know not to worry – she would fill it for them. Off she headed and returned – the guest able to stay nice and warm.

Is there nothing more annoying than forgetting toothpaste on a trip? It’s got to be in the top ten. What might even top forgetting the toothpaste thought is remembering to bring it and then jut running out. Bryanna noticed that guests with us this past week were trying to make the very end of tube last. She headed down and got our small amenity tubes – one for each person – and set them up near the sink. Fresh and ready to go.

It’s the small details such as these that help our guests feel special and cared for. We hope you can visit!

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