Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, mentioned Wednesday it would eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and tub gel from its resort rooms worldwide by December 2020. They will be replaced with bigger bottles or wall-mounted dispensers, relying on the hotel.
The move follows an identical announcement last month by IHG, which owns Holiday Inn, Kimpton, and other brands. IHG stated it would eradicate about 200 million tiny bottles each year by 2021. Last year, Walt Disney Co. mentioned it would replace small plastic shampoo bottles and containers at its resorts and on its cruise ships. Many small companies, like the five Soneva Resorts in Maldives and Thailand, have also abandoned plastic bottles.
Marriott is having more than 7,000 hotels in 131 countries under 30 brands, starting from SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn to Sheraton and Ritz-Carlton. It assumes it will be eliminating about 500 million small containers annually or 1.7 million pounds of plastic.
Marriott has wished to get rid of small bottles for years, President and CEO Arne Sorenson stated. There are too many of them, he said, and they’re hard to recycle because of the time it takes to clean them out.
However, it took a lot of work to design tamper-resistant large bottles and get suppliers on board. High-end hotels, precisely, needed to have containers that still felt luxurious, he stated.
Rival Hyatt Hotels Corp. is going via a similar process now. The company says it has been testing amenity dispensers in some rooms for the last year.
Naguib mentioned most Marriott hotels would eradicate small bottles by July 1, 2020. Luxury brands will eliminate them by the end of 2020. Lower-priced brands will have dispensers or containers that are tied to the shower wall. Luxury brands will have untethered containers. The bottles endure the equivalent of 10 to 12 small containers, and all are tamper-resistant.
Environmental groups are applauding the moves.
Soon, hotels might not have a choice. Lawmakers in California are considering banning hotels from utilizing small shampoo bottles in 2023, while the European Union is banning a variety of single-use plastic items, like cutlery and plates, by 2021.
Sorenson mentioned he expects some complaints like Marriott heard last year when it banned plastic straws and stirrers. Many people like collecting hotel shampoo bottles, he stated. His mother used to have a drawer full of soap she took from hotels.