InterContinental Hotels Group will switch to refillable bottles by 2021 to reduce plastic waste

In the hospitality sector, between restaurant, bars & hotels there’s a huge amount of waste produced each year, whether it’s coffee cups, single use straws or hotel room amenities. Recently, there has been a big move to use compostable coffee cups & straws, with even an introduction to stainless steel reusable straws. With this sustainable approach directly influencing many in the hospitality sector, hotels are now considering changing from mini shampoo, conditioner and body wash bottles to a permanent pump bottles mantled on to the walls of showers and beside the sinks.

Leading by example, the Intercontinental Hotel group has over 5000 sites, with all of them now ditching the minis and installing a reusable pump bottle in order to reduce their plastic waste. It’s said that The Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza & Intercontinental Hotels plan to switch to the bulk dispensers, refillable bottles & ceramic containers by the end of 2021 in order to reduce their plastic waste. The companies have said it uses about 200 million bathroom mini’s every year, which is equivalent to 1 million kg of plastic.

With the current concern’s surrounding plastic waste, 1,500 Marriot Hotels have now scrapped bathroom miniatures. According to the Guardian “Marriott says the average hotel used more than 23,000 mini bottles a year, but the ban has cut out the use of 10.4m plastic bottles, equivalent to more than 51,000kg of plastic annually”.

Many other countries are also become very concerned with plastic consumption, with bans in many areas such as Africa. Panama also became the first South American country to ban single use plastic bags. Also, The EU has said they plan to ban plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, cotton buds and balloon sticks. The change is combined with a wider restriction on single-use products to make sure that 55% of all plastic is recycled by 2030. A similar ban will come into action in the UK in April.

Overall, it’s evident across the globe that we need to take action now to reduce our plastic consumption and the hospitality sector need to become aware of the negative impacts that using miniature bathroom amenities have due to the fact it’s single use and not sustainable. What has your hotel, bar or restaurant did in order to reduce your plastic waste? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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