MonoSol Hosts Clean the World Pack-a-Thon for Local Charities

Pictured left to right: John Gornto, Senior Vice President Human Resources and Risk Management at MonoSol, a Kuraray Division; Jim Biancotti, Portage Township Food Pantry; Joseph Kasper, Portage Township Food Pantry; Joseph Shudick Jr., Ross Township Food Pantry; Karen Bilski-Petalas, Ross Township Food Pantry; and P. Scott Bening, President and CEO at MonoSol, a Kuraray Division.

Merrillville, Ind., March 09, 2018MonoSol, a Kuraray division, partnered with Clean the World to host Pack-a-Thons at several of its facilities on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Employees packed 1,000 hygiene kits that will be donated to local charities. MonoSol hosted the events at its corporate headquarters in Merrillville; its water-soluble film manufacturing plants in Portage, LaPorte and Duneland; as well as its facility in the United Kingdom.

Clean the World is a non-profit enterprise that distributes recycled soaps and hygiene products from hotels to at-risk families. The hygiene kits are specialized to serve those in need and feature nine personal hygiene items, such as a washcloth, bar of soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, razor, tooth brush and toothpaste.

“We believe in making a positive change and enhancing the quality of life for those who live and work in our local communities,” said P. Scott Bening, President and CEO, Kuraray/MonoSol LLC. “This is our third year participating in the Pack-a-Thon for Clean the World. Our continued effort to dedicate our time to serve those in need reflects who we are as a company.”

The kits will be provided to:

  • Ross Township Food Pantry in Merrillville, which offers non-perishable foods and sundries to residents in need in Ross Township;
  • Portage Township Food Pantry, which assists families in crisis situations living in Portage;
  • The Pax Center in LaPorte, which provides a resource center, food pantry, community meal program and community garden to those in need to fight against food insecurity, loneliness and poverty in LaPorte County; and
  • Maggs Day Centre, a day centre in Worcester, England, that provides support, training and practical assistance to help homeless people rebuild their lives.

The Clean the World Pack-a-Thon is one of the many activities MonoSol employees participate in to benefit organizations, including the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Ross Township Food Pantry, Portage Township Food Pantry, Toys for Tots®, Parents and Friends and State Street Community Church.

About MonoSol

MonoSol’s water-soluble delivery systems have revolutionized detergent and cleaning industries all over the world. Its growing portfolio of applications includes detergents, agro-chemical packaging, solid surface and composite release films, and embroidery, as well personal care products, food ingredients, water treatment chemicals, transfer printing and more. Through its collaborative mindset, global manufacturing footprint, high-quality products and scientific expertise, MonoSol partners with customers to create innovative product packaging solutions that enhance everyday life. Founded in 1953, MonoSol is a division of Kuraray, one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, and is based in Merrillville, Indiana. Visit for more information.

About Clean the World

Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. The organization collects discarded soap and other hygiene products from more than 5,000 hotel and resort partners and operates recycling centers in North America, Asia, and Europe. Clean the World provides hygiene education and microlending to make hand washing and local soap purchases a lifelong habit in developing regions. Through its hygiene kit program, Clean the World provides personal care items to relief organizations throughout North America. Since 2009, more than 40 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 115 countries. More information:


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John Gornto

MonoSol, LLC

+1 219.762.3165, ext. 646


Doug Hampel

G&S Business Communications

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Mar, 09, 2018