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The World’s Largest Hotel Chain Announces Ban On Single-Use Plastic Toiletries

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Marriott International has announced it is banning all single-use plastic beauty products from all of its hotels worldwide. 

The major eco-friendly move will have huge positive repercussions on the environment with Marriott estimating “that the switch will prevent an estimated 1.7 million pounds of plastic going to landfills each year,” according to a release. 

The small bottles of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel will be replaced with larger, pump top bottles in all 7,000 of its hotels by the end of 2020. At present, the hotel estimates it sends 500 million tiny bottles to landfill each year. 

The initiative has already begun to roll out in North America and will continue to be introduced across the continent, as well as worldwide, moving forward. Redesigning the toiletry offering has not been without its challenges, with President and CEO Arne Sorenson telling AP News, that “it took a lot of work to design tamper-resistant bottles and get suppliers on board” as high-end hotels still need to be able to present a “luxurious” offering. 

In guest surveys conducted by the hotel they found guests felt positively towards the larger bottles. “They don’t want to be leaving half empty bottles,” Denise Naguib, Marriott’s vice president of sustainability, said. “More and more people have a general consciousness of it.”

It’s worth noting that the larger bottles will still be replaced in between guests however the hotel notes that they are far easier to recycle than the smaller bottles.

The announcement follows the company’s Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction commitment. In the pledge, the brand committed to reducing its environmental impact by reducing landfill waste by 45 per cent and responsibly sourcing its top 10 product purchase categories by 2025.

This isn’t the first time the hotel chain has made steps towards being more eco-friendly. It has also previously banned plastic straws and stirrers from its properties. 

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