Say goodbye to complimentary mini hotel toiletries

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It might be time to stock up on complimentary hotel toiletries.

One of the world’s largest hotel chains is planning on gutting miniature shampoo, conditioner, and other bathroom products from all its properties by 2021 with sights to reduce plastic waste.

InterContinental Group, which owns Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, and Kimpton, announced it would be moving away from travel-sized products in its nearly 850,000 rooms across the world, by replacing them with bulk items in the future.

IHG CEO Keith Barr said the move is with the planet in mind.


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“It’s more important than ever that companies challenge themselves to operate responsibly – we know it’s what our guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers rightly expect,” Barr said in a statement. “Switching to larger-size amenities across more than 5,600 hotels around the world is a big step in the right direction and will allow us to significantly reduce our waste footprint and environmental impact as we make the change.”

IHG said it supplied an average of 200 million mini-bathroom products across its hotel estate each year. The company recently pledged to remove plastic straws from all hotels by the end of 2019.

The hotel giant also started implementing recycled duvets and pillows, which equates to 150 plastic bottles per guest room, according to a press release.

IHG’s move isn’t the first amongst hotel chains. Marriott shifted toward toiletries dispensers at 1,500 North American hotels in 2018 while Hilton Hotels started using recycled soap, according to CNN.