A successful initiative by Marriott International to do away with tiny, single-use bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in guestroom showers across its North American properties, launched in 2018, will now be expanded worldwide.
The hotel company expects most of its other hotels to make the switch to larger, pump-topped bottles by December 2020.
When fully implemented across the globe, Marriott International’s expanded toiletry programme is expected to prevent about 500 million tiny bottles annually from going to landfills – equivalent to about 1.7 million pounds of plastic, a 30 per cent annual reduction from current amenity plastic usage.
“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,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.
“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.”
Already, more than 20 per cent of Marriott International’s 7,000-plus properties now offer large, pump-topped bottles in guestroom showers since the start of this programme in early 2018.
Each of these larger bottles has the same capacity as 10 to 12 tiny, single-use bottles.
This initiative furthers Marriott International’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact as part of its Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction platform that addresses social and environmental issues. As part of Serve 360, Marriott International is working toward several sustainability goals such as reducing landfill waste by 45 per cent and responsibly sourcing its top 10 product purchase categories – including guestroom amenities – by 2025.