This is why you won’t find mini toiletries in your hotel room anymore

We’ve all been guilty of sneaking a few extra toiletries into our suitcases before leaving a hotel room, whether it’s the smaller shampoo and conditioner bottles or a nice moisturiser that makes the perfect travel-size treat. They are there for our use, so why not?

hotel toiletries
Getty Images

However, if you love those tiny toiletries, you might find your next hotel visit a tad disappointing, because these smaller individual bottles are being removed in favour of larger containers in a number of popular chains. But before you lodge any complaints, you should know that it’s all for a very good cause.

Hotel groups around the world are set to remove all toiletries from rooms in an attempt to reduce plastic use, with the initiative being put into motion within the next two years.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which owns popular brands such as Holiday Inn, InterContinental and Crowne Plaza, have made the decision after realising that its business uses an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures each year. And as you can imagine, that is a lot of plastic.

To combat this, the American company will introduce bulk-size amenities in the bathrooms of its 843,000 rooms across the globe by 2021. In fact, more than 1,000 Holiday Inn Express hotels in the States have already made the switch to bulk dispensers, while several other IHG owned brands like Six Senses and Kimpton also offer bulk-size bathroom amenities.

hotel toiletries
Getty Images

As reported by The Independent, Keith Barr, chief executive of IHG said: ‘It’s more important than ever that companies challenge themselves to operate responsibly – we know it’s what our guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers rightly expect.’

He added: ‘Switching to larger-size amenities across more than 5,600 hotels around the world is a big step in the right direction and will allow us to significantly reduce our waste footprint and environmental impact as we make the change.’

So, there you have it. While we may miss our mini Molton Brown shower gels, it’s a small price to pay for the greater good of the environment.