Marriott to Eliminate Mini Plastic Toiletry Bottles

Its move towards sustainability is expected to prevent about 500 million plastic bottles from going to landfills annually.

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Marriott International has announced plans to replace its mini, single-use toiletry bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel with larger, pump-topped bottles. As of now, the hospitality group had already rolled out larger bottles at about 1,000 properties in North America, with plans for most of its other hotels to make the switch by December 2020.

This initiative comes 13 months following the brand’s initiative to cut usage of disposable plastic straws.

Its move towards sustainability is expected to prevent about 500 million plastic bottles from going to landfills annually. To put things into perspective, that’s approximately 1.7 million pounds of plastic, which is a 30 percent annual reduction from the current amenity plastic usage.

Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International, said: “This is our second global initiative aimed at reducing single-use plastics in just over a year, which underscores how important we believe it is to continuously find ways to reduce our hotels’ environmental impact. It’s a huge priority for us.”

“Our guests are looking to us to make changes that will create a meaningful difference for the environment while not sacrificing the quality service and experience they expect from our hotels.”

Currently, more than 20 percent of Marriott International’s over 7,000 properties now offer larger-pump-topped bottles in guestroom showers, doing away with single-use bottles.

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