Until now, bulk-size containers were one of the tools of low-cost concept hotels, as well as those emphasizing ecologically responsible philosophies. (Shutterstock/Hatchapong Palurtchaivong)
Shower gel, shampoo, body lotion... The tiny bottles freely available in hotel giant IHG's rooms will disappear by 2021. Refillable large-format containers will instead be used in an effort to limit plastic waste, announced the group which counts the InterContinental and Crowne Plaza chains among its properties.
Are sample-size bath products the next battlefield in the fight for the environment? As airlines and hotels begin phasing out plastic straws and single-use objects, the Intercontinental Hotel Group has officialized the end of the little plastic bottles that travelers love to take with them after their stay.
Until now, bulk-size containers were one of the tools of low-cost concept hotels, as well as those emphasizing ecologically responsible philosophies. This type of container will soon be the norm, it appears. IHG will remove 200 million sample bottles from use this year and expects the transition to be finished by 2021. This type of decision carries a lot of weight, as the hotel giant offers more than 843,000 rooms, counting all of its brands together.
Each brand will choose large-format bottles according to the prestige and style of their hotels. As an example, Six Senses Hotels Resorts & Spas, a new addition to IHG's portfolio, has chosen to go with refillable ceramic dispensers.