Archive for June, 2010

Clean the World

When I read about Clean the World I knew I had to share it with all my gypsy girls!
Have you ever left behind, barely used shampoos and soaps after checking out of a hotel? I personally can’t resist grabbing them and taking them with me :))) But even then, there have been many occasions in which I left them behind, not even thinking about where those tiny containers and unused soaps would end up. The answer, gypsy friends, is the trash! And consequently, they end up in the already overflowing landfills that contaminate our groundwater systems. Oh my! What a waste!
Meanwhile, less privileged people around the world die every day from acute respiratory infection and diarrhea caused by disease, because they have no soap. Sigh. Our world can be so contradictory sometimes. The Clean the World website informs that each year, more than five million lives are lost to these diseases, with the majority of deaths being among children less than five years old. Deaths that could have been avoided if they could have simply washed their hands! Another deep sigh. Makes me feel so guilty about all my travels this far and my lack of consciousness! That is why we must stay informed and in touch with the changemakers that are offering us ways to make a difference. Let’s get the soap to the people who don’t have the access to it, but really need it. Clean the World distributes recycled soap products, along with appropriate educational materials, to impoverished countries worldwide and to domestic homeless shelters.
How can you help?

  • You can make a money donation.
  • You can make a soap donation as an individual.
  • You can volunteer.
  • If you stay at hotels often, stay with a participating partner.
  • Perhaps you are someone or know someone who owns a business, hotel, gym or spa, so you can come on board or recruit a business to Clean the World! Read about how they work.
  • Check out their blog and website for more information.

Travel wise, dear gypsies!