It’s the beginning of the end for those tiny shampoo and conditioner bottles at hotels. In April, members of the California state assembly voted to replace small plastic bottles with dispensers or bottles larger than 12 ounces. If approved, as expected, by the governor, the bill would go into effect in 2023 — banning little shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottles in hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts and vacation rentals.
This year alone, InterContinental Hotels and Marriott International Hotels are starting to replace the individual-size shampoo and conditioner bottles with large pump bottles that are locked and fastened to the showers. Marriott had already switched more than 20 percent of its properties to include larger pump-topped bottles in showers as part of an initiative that began last year to reduce waste. By expanding the toiletry program to all its properties, the company said it would prevent about 500 million tiny bottles — 1.7 million pounds of plastic — from going to landfills.
In a similar announcement by IHG, which owns Holiday Inn, Kimpton and other brands, stated it will eliminate about 200 million tiny bottles each year by 2021. Last year, Walt Disney Co. said it would replace small plastic shampoo bottles at its resorts and on its cruise ships.
Hotel guests have changed their thinking about disposable plastic amenities. It’s time for hotels to evolve. Travelers now more than ever understand the waste created from individually packaged amenities and are more likely to support hotels that are working on eco-friendly initiatives. By making the switch to dispenser amenities, not only will you save on operating costs, you will win your guests’ praise and brand loyalty.
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