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Sunday 1 September 2019

Farewell to tiny hotel toiletry bottles

The world's largest hotel chain is turning its back on tiny toiletries.

Marriott International has announced that it would be phasing out miniature bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in favour of larger, pump-topped bottles at its 7,000 properties worldwide by December 2020. 

The end of single-use plastic bottles is promoted as a bid to reduce waste caused by the packaging - but the move could alienate lots of customers, myself included.

I hate the those pump bottles that are the option. They are often hard to use when you have wet hands, and hotels often forget to refill them. 

Also, I am one of my travellers who donates those small bottles of shampoo and body lotion to homeless shelters and other groups in need.

Marriott has 7,000 properties worldwide and includes the brands Sheraton, Westin and Ritz-Carlton.

The company estimates the move will keep 1.7 million pounds of plastic - or about 500 million tiny bottles - from ending up in rubbish dumps each year. Which is admirable - if it works.

“This is our second global initiative aimed at reducing single-used plastics in just over a year, which underscores how important we believe it is to continuously find ways to reduce our hotels’ environmental impact. It’s a huge priority for us,” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott’s chief executive.

Marriott said the small bottles currently used aren't usually recycled. It said that one pump-topped bottle contains as much liquid as a dozen single-use bottles. The new bottles will be made from recyclable materials.

Last month, IHG, which owns Holiday Inn, said it would replace travel-sized tubes with bulk-sized toiletries beginning in 2021.

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