Energy & Sustainability

September 2, 2019,   4:54 PM

The World’s Largest Hotelier Is Checking Out Plastic Minis

Jamila Gandhi


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The world’s largest hotel chain, Marriot International, has announced a new sustainability move to ditch its miniature hotel toiletries. The company will instead be replacing its small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel with larger bottles or wall-mounted dispensers in its hotel rooms worldwide.

The hotelier swapped small toiletry bottles for larger containers last year at many of its budget brands, including SpringHill Suites, Fairfield by Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott. The focus now remains to make the switch with luxury properties, like St. Regis, W, Ritz-Carlton, and Luxury Collection hotels.

Across its 7,000 hotels, in more than 130 countries, Marriott will be moving to bulk-sizing by December 2020. When fully implemented across the globe, Marriott International’s expanded toiletry program is expected to prevent about 500 million tiny bottles annually from going to landfills; that’s about 1.7 million pounds of plastic, a 30% annual reduction from current amenity plastic usage.

The move follows a similar announcement last month by the Intercontinental Hotels Group, which revealed its mission to eliminate 200 million tiny bottles each year by 2021. The change impacts its entire portfolio, including profound brands such as Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn.  Last year, Walk Disney Co. said it would replace small plastic shampoo bottles at its resorts and on its cruise ships.

2018 also saw the banning of disposable plastic straws and stirrers and switching to an on-demand approach with alternative products wherever possible. As of July, the company met its goal, resulting in an estimated annual diversion of a billion plastic straws from landfills. 

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