The decision will help to eliminate about 500 million small bottles each year, which are the equivalent of 1.7 million pounds of plastic.
Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, has recently announced that it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020.
They will be replaced with larger, pump-topped bottles, which will contain the same amount of product as about ten to twelve tiny, single-use bottles. The larger bottles are recyclable along with other basic containers, and they also allow guests to use as much product as they want.
The initiative was already launched in 2018, but was limited to about 1,000 properties in North America. It has now been expanded to five more brands: Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, Fairfield by Marriott and TownePlace Suites.
At the same time, four Marriott International’s brands – Aloft Hotels, Element by Westin, Four Points and Moxy Hotels – have already implemented pump-dispenser toiletry, while a fifth – AC by Marriott – is on the way to making the change.
The same initiative was announced in July by IHG, the hotel chain which owns brands like Holiday Inn, InterContinental and Crowne Plaza, in the effort to reduce the 200 million bathroom miniatures that its hotels use each year. IHG as well will install bulk-size amenities in the bathrooms of its 843,000 rooms around the world by 2021.