InterContinental Hotel Group Brand Ditches Sample Sized Plastic Toiletry Bottles

Published on August 1, 2019

If you stay at an InterContinental Hotel there will be no more stuffing those little plastic shampoos in your suitcase. The chain says your loss is a win for the environment.

The company just announced its dumping those sample-sized plastic bathroom bottles. Instead, housekeeping will be stocking rooms with bulk-sized amenities.

Making this change will save the environment from 200 million plastic miniatures a year used in InterContinental hotel rooms across the world. The brand includes Kimpton, Hualuxe, Crowne Plaza, Voco, Indigo, Even, Avid, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.

“It’s more important than ever that companies challenge themselves to operate responsibly,” Keith Barr, CEO of the InterContinental Hotel Group said in a release. “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.”

The bulk-sized bottles will be rolled out soon and the new brand standard should be fully implemented by 2021.

The InterContinental Hotel Group stopped using single-use plastic straws last year. It also uses duvets and pillows filled with recyclable materials.

The Wagamama restaurant chain and Starbucks also announced its ditching single-use plastic straws.

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