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  A Conversation With... Shawn Seipler

Shawn Seipler, Executive Director / Co-Founder, Clean the World

About Shawn Seipler

As a social entrepreneur, Shawn is committed to focusing his business, management and leadership skills on advancing humanitarian causes through philanthropic efforts. His passion for excellence and embrace of corporate social responsibility led to the creation of Clean the World.

Clean the World, an Orlando, Fla.-based non-profit organization, recycles hotel soaps and bottled amenities (shampoos, conditioners and lotions) for people in need. In less than two years Clean the World has enlisted more than 550 hotel partners in North America in its ambitious and environmentally friendly soap recycling program. More than six million soap bars (390 tons) have been collected, recycled and distributed throughout the United States and more than 40 countries.

Before co-founding Clean the World with his business partner Paul Till, Shawn served as vice president of sales and marketing for a global ecommerce technology company. It was while conducting an enormous amount of business travel for that company that he began to think about the concept of recycling hotel soap, shampoo and other bottled amenities. The result is Clean the World.

In January 2009, Shawn and Paul investigated how to recycle bar soap and use it for social good. Their research led to the discovery that two very deadly diseases - acute respiratory illness (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera, dysentery) - are the top two causes of death among children under 5 worldwide. Studies show that more than 60 percent of the deaths may be avoided through proper hand washing with bar soap. By putting soap in the hands of these children, Shawn thought, he could help save millions of lives.

Shawn was educated at the University of Houston and currently resides in Orlando, Fla. with his wife and four children.

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