17 hotel brands to phase out plastic toiletry bottles

17 hotel brands under the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) umbrella that currently use 200 million little plastic bottles of shampoo and conditioner in their rooms have decided to stop using them to cut back on waste.

Single-use plastics are burying our world, polluting the environment and killing wildlife every day. In fact, the entire food chain has been contaminated and plastics are even found inside our own bodies now. It’s a crisis of epic proportions and something has to done to reduce plastics.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi have recently announced an effort to phase out single-use plastics, and even ended their association with the plastic industry lobby.

Whole countries are even getting involved by banning single-use plastics or, like Japan, is finding ways to recycle them into something useful.

And now a major hotel chain conglomeration is chipping in by phasing out the 200 million mini plastic bottles they offer guests by installing bulk dispensers in showers and next to sinks.

“It’s more important than ever that companies challenge themselves to operate responsibly,” IHG CEO Keith Barr said in a press release. “We know it’s what our guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers rightly expect. 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.”

“We’ve already made great strides in this area, with almost a third of our estate already adopting the change and we’re proud to lead our industry by making this a brand standard for every single IHG hotel,” Barr continued. “We’re passionate about sustainability and we’ll continue to explore ways to make a positive difference to the environment and our local communities.”

The hotel brands participating include Regent, Candlewood and Holiday Inn, just to name a few.

The announcement is already being praised by environmentalists and travel industry experts like Henry H. Harteveldt, the president of the Atmosphere Research Group, who says the move makes environmental sense and business sense.

“Budget hotels have always been more likely to have bulk shampoo and conditioner dispensers in the shower, and some also have them by the sink. The reason is cost,” he said. “It costs them less to install and service these bulk dispensers than providing individual cakes of soap and bottles of shampoo, conditioner and the like.”

It’s certainly a welcome announcement as the world continues to struggle with the pervasiveness of plastics in our lives. Now if only other industries followed suit.

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