5000 hotels to ditch mini toiletries

InterContinental Hotels Group is ditching miniature shampoo, conditioner and body-wash bottles across its 5,000-plus sites worldwide to reduce plastic waste.

The hotel chain will switch to bulk dispensers, refillable bottles and ceramic containers by the end of 2021.

The company says it uses about 200m bathroom miniatures every year, equivalent to about 1m kg of plastic.

Though they are a popular souvenir, rising concern about plastic waste has prompted a phasing out of bathroom miniatures, which have already been scrapped at 1,500 Marriott hotels. Many budget chains, such as Premier Inn, have never provided mini toiletries.

The single use plastic ban is a tendency across the globe, with Africa, Panamá, California and countries in the EU considering the prohibition.