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Five Marriott brands and four InterContinental Hotel Group brands plan to dispense with their individual travel-size amenities this year. The properties will upsize to full-size shampoo and conditioner dispensers mounted on hotel bathroom walls, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Although the change will only save about $2,000 per hotel per year, hotel chains cited rising awareness of environmental impact as the driving force behind the decision. “Think of it as roughly 1,000 bottles for every hotel room, multiplied by more than 5 million hotel rooms in the U.S.,” which adds up to billions of bottles per year, Scott McCartney, the Middle Seat columnist for the WSJ, reported.
Marriott will initially implement wall-mounted dispensers in 450 hotels under the Courtyard, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn, Springhill Suites and TownePlace Suites brands. Those 450 properties currently go through a combined 10.3 million travel-size bottles – 113,000 pounds of plastic – each year, according to Liam Brown, COO of Marriott Select Services. The goal is to upsize a total of 1,500 properties by January 2019, which would allow Marriott to eliminate 34.5 million bottles each year — collectively 375,000 pounds of plastic. The update will also include a product quality upgrade, to Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree product line.
“This is certainly not an arbitrary decision,” Brown said. “I don’t think that anybody would perceive it as a budget or a downgrade. Certainly in the testing we did, it did not come across that way.”
IHG will upgrade to full-size bottles in its Avid, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites and Holiday Inn Express properties this year. The Kimpton Hotels under IHG already utilize large bottles in the showers.
But not all travelers are excited about the departure from travel-size amenities. “What’s next, getting rid of the packs of coffee and making us scoop out of a can?” Detroit consultant Dennis Lennox told the WSJ. Lennox spends more than 200 nights a year in hotels. “I think it’s cheap, incredibly cheap.” Lennox currently collects the amenities from his hotels to donate to local homeless shelters.
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