Holiday Inn parent company InterContinental Hotels Group will soon stop offering mini toiletry bottles in guest rooms, opting instead to install bulk-sized dispensers in an effort to reduce waste and environmental impact.
What are the details?
IHG made the announcement Tuesday, issuing a news release "that its entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 guest rooms will switch to bulk-sized amenities, with the transition to be completed during 2021."
In addition to Holiday Inn, IHG has an array of other brands, including Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. In total, IHG hotels go through an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures on an annual basis.
According to CBS News, a third of the conglomerate's 5,600 hotels have already made the switch, and the news release reports IHG is "receiving positive guest feedback on the quality of product and the larger volume on offer."
The move is part of a growing trend of foregoing single-use plastics in an effort to reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills and oceans. Last fall, IHG announced it would be removing plastic straws from its entire hotel estate by the end of this year, joining several major companies in its pledge.
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Concerns over waste accumulating on beaches and in oceans has prompted bans of several other plastic items by companies and governing bodies the world over. The European Union voted earlier this year to implement a ban on plastic utensil and Q-Tips, and even balloons have come under assault.
IHG might have another incentive for moving away from offering little travel-sized bottles: money.
According to Lodging Magazine, Marriott International has also ditched mini bottles in its guest bathrooms, and pitched the idea to its franchisee owners as a way to save anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 annually per hotel by switching to bulk dispensers.
IHG did not immediately respond to an inquiry from TheBlaze asking its potential cost-savings from its new initiative.