Following the lead of Intercontinental Hotel Group, Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain has announced that it will remove all small toiletries from its hotels by December 2020. Like Intercontinental, who have pledged to make the switch by the end of 2021, Marriott will be replacing single-use bottles with large refillable products.
Many of Marriott International’s budget brands have already made the switch so focus is now on the hotel chain’s luxury properties, including Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis, to complete the transition. As a result of this initiative all toiletries in the company’s more than 7,000 hotels will be bulk size by the end of next year, with many making the change by early summer. According to Marriott, this change will eliminate the use of approximately 500 million small bottles every year, which is equivalent to an incredible 1.7 million pounds of plastic.
As we become ever more aware of the environmental consequences of our activity and the impact of travel within that, this move will certainly be welcomed by the eco-conscious traveller. However, guest surveys have shown that the change will be popular with Marriott customers overall, who welcome the larger bottles as they do not limit the amount of product available for use.
Changes such as these are an excellent example of the industry’s ability to take the initiative ahead of government legislation and lead the way in creating a more sustainable society.
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