In an attempt to eliminate waste production, Marriott International is getting rid of small, plastic tubes of toiletries from roughly 500,000 guest rooms.
The hotel chain announced that it will soon replace plastic, travel-sized tubes of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel with larger pump bottles, which will be made from recyclable material. Marriott says the new bottles will be equal in capacity to 10 to 12 small, single-use bottles.
Already taking place at about 1,000 of its North American properties since 2018, this switch to larger bottles is part of a larger plan. Marriott’s plan is to have 7,000 of its properties around the globe make the change by 2020, including the Courtyard, The Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels and Sheraton brands.
Marriott hopes to reduce plastic waste annually by 30 percent, or almost 2 million pounds, by preventing about 500 million tiny, plastic bottles—which typically aren’t recycled—from going to landfill.
Other brands are making environmentally friendly changes, as well: InterContinental Hotels Group says it will replace travel-sized tubes with larger toiletries starting in 2021. Hilton recycles used soap, transforming it into new bars after they’ve been broken down and sanitized.
Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott, stated how important it is that the brand continues to find new ways to reduce their carbon footprint: “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.”