IHG Says Goodbye to Mini Plastic Toiletries in All Hotels

This update comes after its October 2018 announcement that it will be removing single-use plastic straws from all of its hotels by 2019.

IHG takes industry-leading step to remove 200 million miniatures from estate each year.

As part of its long-term sustainability agenda, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) has confirmed that it will be switching to bulk-sized bathroom amenities in all its guestrooms across its hotel portfolio.

This update comes after its October 2018 announcement that it will be removing single-use plastic straws from all of its hotels by 2019.

All 17 of IHG brands, including InterContinental, Kimpton, and Holiday Inn Express, are committed to removing miniature toiletries by 2021. To put things in perspective, that’s almost 843,000 guest rooms making the switch, resulting in the removal of 200 million miniatures per year.

Keith Barr, CEO of IHG, commented: “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. 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.”

Currently, IHG’s Six Senses offers bathroom products in refillable ceramic dispensers across all its properties, while Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is moving to larger-size amenities. Meanwhile, the hospitality group’ Voco Hotels, EVEN Hotels, and Avid Hotels brands have all offered bulk-size amenities since launching, working closely with suppliers to offer dispensers and products that retain a quality feel.

More than 1,000 Holiday Inn Express hotels in the Americas have already been implementing the change, alongside a number of Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites properties in the region.

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