Take the mini toiletries while you still can! Hotels set to replace tiny shampoo and conditioner bottles with bulk dispensers that are attached to the wall
- Two major companies are set to ditch the tiny shampoo bottles in some hotels
- InterContinental and Marriott will instead install bulk dispensers on the walls
- Both hotel groups say this will save them money as well as help the environment
Offering complimentary miniature toiletries is just one of the ways hotels like to make their guests feel at home.
And they’re a popular memento from a trip, with guests often ramming as many of them as possible into their suitcases.
But the sun is setting on this giveaway bonanza, because two major hotel groups are set to ditch the tiny shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles in several of their brands in favour of bulk dispensers that are fitted to bathroom walls.
The new toiletry dispensers that will replace the traditional mini shampoo and conditioners at 450 Marriott Hotels across North America
InterContinental Hotels and Marriott International are starting the switch to bulk dispensers in a move that, according to the Wall Street Journal, will help them save money in the long-run and help the environment.
This is because it will reduce the amount of plastic waste generated by the miniature bottles.
What’s more, travelling families are said to often complain that the bottles do not carry enough product for more than two people while the caps from the bottles often end up wedged in drains, causing maintenance problems.
At 450 mid-priced hotels managed by Marriott, the tiny (0.7-oz.) bottles will be replaced with larger 8-oz. ‘pump’ toiletry bottles that can be recycled and replaced.
Hotels making the switch will include brands favoured by business travellers such as Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, TownPlace Suites, Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites.
Starwood, Four Points and Moxi, which are also owned by Marriot, already have pump dispensers.
Travelling families are said to often complain that mini bottles do not carry enough product for more than two people while the caps from the bottles often end up wedged in drains, causing maintenance problems
A spokeswoman for Marriott International told MailOnline Travel that the average hotel in its mid-range category in a year goes through more than 23,000 tiny bottles – the equivalent of more than 250 pounds of plastic.
And by making the switch they estimate that 10.3 million bottles or 113,000 pounds of plastic will be eliminated on an annual basis.
She added: ‘Owners, franchisees and general managers who already have made the switch report that it’s better for their bottom line, partly because it means they can reduce their trash bill.’
It is thought the new dispensers could be rolled out to a total of 1,500 hotels in the North America region.
Meanwhile, it is believed that hotel brands in the InterContinental Group making the switch to 8.5 ounce fitted dispensing bottles are Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suite and Avid Hotels.
A spokeswoman for Marriott International told MailOnline Travel that the average hotel in its mid-range category in a year goes through more than 23,000 tiny bottles – the equivalent of more than 250 pounds of plastic (file image)
The Even Hotels, which launched in 2014, had already opened with dispensers rather than small bottles.
News of the mini toiletries being ditched comes after MailOnline Travel asked etiquette expert William Hanson which items left in hotel rooms are OK to take.
He said that as a general rule items that are going to be replaced anyway, such as toiletries, are fine to take.
However, there are complimentary items that he says should never be taken – including the complimentary tea and coffee.
Mr Hanson said: ‘Taking unused tea and coffee or the small sachets of milk is just desperate.’
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