As the world wakes up to the serious environmental dangers of single-use plastic, global business and major cooperation are finally starting to do their part – the latest being the hotel industry.
We’ve all enjoyed using the small plastic-bottled toiletries provided in hotel rooms (and yes, been guilty of sneaking a few into our suitcases before check out) but it looks like that will soon become a thing of the past.
Marriott International, one of the leading hotel groups in the world, has announced that they have officially banned single-use plastic toiletry bottles, after it was revealed that they currently send 500 million to landfill every year.
The major change will reportedly save the planet from 1.7 million pounds of plastic in its landfills.
As a replacement, the hotel group will instead use larger pumps to store the likes of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in all of their hotel rooms meaning guests won’t be losing out.
‘Our guests are looking to us to make changes that will create a meaningful difference for the environment while not sacrificing the quality service and experience they expect from our hotels,’ said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.
— Marriott International (@MarriottIntl) August 28, 2019
According to Stylist, the business has already introduced the larger pumps in over 1,000 of their properties in the US and are set to roll out the initiative in all of their hotels around the world by December 2020.
The change comes shortly after InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) paved the way by implementing the same rule across their global hotel chains.
The company, which owns popular brands such as Holiday Inn, InterContinental and Crowne Plaza, made the decision after realising that its business uses an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures each year. As a result, they aim to introduce bulk-size amenities in the bathrooms of all of their 843,000 rooms worldwide by 2021.