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IHG Hotels (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, etc) announced today that it will be removing miniature shampoo/conditioner/shower gel/etc bottles from its “entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 guest rooms”, switching to bulk-size bathroom amenities instead. The transition is set to be completed during 2021.
IHG claims that this is an important part of its commitment to reducing its use of single use plastic:
“IHG currently has an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures in use across its entire hotel estate every year. As the new brand standard is adopted between now and 2021, the company expects to see a significant reduction in plastic waste. This commitment builds on IHG’s pledge to remove plastic straws from its hotels by the end of 2019, and a number of broader waste reduction initiatives already in place.”
This is one of those issues that seems to drive perfectly sane people a little mad. InsideFlyer’s good pal Gary Leff over at US-blog View From The Wing, for instance, has branded the change “AWFUL”.
I certainly agree with his assessment that IHG are more interested in the money the change will save the company, rather than pursuing a genuine commitment to the environment – but that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad policy.
Could IHG have selected a type of packaging for bathroom miniatures that didn’t involve plastic? Absolutely, but it would probably cost them more and the environmental benefits would likely be lower than switching to bulk containers too.
I’ve stayed at scores of hotels that already use bulk containers – and it’s really not something that bothers me at all. I understand that some people will have concerns about germs, or the bulk containers being tampered with in some way, but if you are at all worried, there’s an easy solution: bring your own shampoo. Or, buy some when you arrive.
I don’t like to be dismissive, but when I read comments saying that people will now boycott IHG, or equally, comments from people that refuse to stay at particular hotel chains because they do continue to offer plastic bathroom miniatures, I struggle to understand the passion.
If you don’t want to use bulk shampoo containers – no problem, bring your own…
If you don’t want to use plastic bathroom miniatures – no problem, bring your own…
Surely there are more important factors when it comes to choosing a hotel?
Is this an OUTRAGE, or is it FANTASTIC? Or, is it just not that big a deal…
Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 😉