Marriott International announced that they’d eliminate single-use shower toiletries globally by December 2020. While this is no doubt at least partly a cost-cutting move, it is also good for the environment. The company already eliminated the use of more than 1 billion plastic straws per year and about a quarter billion stirrers. A single plastic straw, which might be used for about 15 minutes, will never fully decompose.
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Marriott Eliminating Single-Use Toiletries
Marriott International said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide. This move follows many other companies. IHG said it will eliminate about 200 million tiny bottles each year by 2021. Walt Disney Co. said it would replace small plastic shampoo bottles at its resorts and on its cruise ships. Many other companies, like the five Soneva Resorts in Thailand and the Maldives, have also denounced plastic bottles.
“This is our second global initiative aimed at reducing single-use 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. Our guests are looking to us to make changes that will create a meaningful difference for the environment while not sacrificing the quality service and experience they expect from our hotels.” Marriott President Arne Sorenson said in a press statement
In 2018 Marriott started the process of switching to bigger bottles with pump dispensers which are more eco-friendly.
Soon no choice in the matter?
Hotels may not have a choice. Lawmakers in California are considering banning hotels from using small shampoo bottles in 2023. The European Union is banning a wide range of single-use plastic items, like cutlery and plates, by 2021.
The goal of these changes is to reduce waste and make a better environment. Following the recent Amazon fires, people are getting more involved and hotels that start implementing these changes might get a little less push back.