Both InterContinental Hotels and Marriott International started the process of replacing the familiar mini toiletry products with larger pump bottles that are secured to shower walls.
While this switch will not directly save the two major hotel chains any money, there were several non-financial reasons for the switch; “The tiny empty bottles are rarely recycled and end up in landfills; the small bottles run out, especially when multiple guests stay in one room; and the caps to the bottles often fall into the drain, causing maintenance problems.”
“It’s a great opportunity to test this on business travelers who come in and out of our hotels instead of guests who only visit once or twice a year, said Denise Naguib, Marriott’s vice president for sustainability and supplier diversity.”
InterContinental Hotels has already installed the larger pump bottles to “Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites and Avid Hotels. “The tiny shampoo bottles are being replaced this year at 450 hotels managed by Marriott. The bigger bottles have been added at five midprice brand hotels favored by business travelers: the Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites.”
With these two hotel giants making the switch, one can only assume many other hotel chains will follow suit as more companies make an effort to be conscious about appealing to an audience that is becoming more concerned with the environmental impact of the companies that they support.
(Quotes from original LA times story. For the full story by Hugo Martin click here).