The miniature bottle of hotel amenities is set to be removed from IHG Brand hotels as the group follows through with its decision to remove them. To aid them, IHG will work with Unilever to swap them out with bulk dispensing items.
The move will see over 4000 hotels have their miniature amenities swapped with bulk-pack versions, with Dove being offered as the primary brand amenity in a move to eliminate single-use items by 2030.
Hotels will feature full-sized Dove hand wash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion to IHG Essentials and Suites Collection hotels, including:
- Holiday Inn (in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East)
- Holiday Inn Express (in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East)
- avid hotels (Americas Only)
- Staybridge Suites (Americas Only)
- Candlewood Suites (Americas Only)
The rollout of full-size Unilever products across IHG’s mainstream brands making up 80% of IHG’s property portfolio. The InterContinental Hotels properties have already migrated over to bulk producgts.
The switch to full-size formats is expected to save at least 850 tonnes of plastic annually in IHG’s Americas region alone.
Yasmin Diamond, Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: “
IHG has pioneered the move to minimal waste in the hospitality industry and we’re excited to spell the end of bathroom miniatures through our collaboration with Unilever. Our guests are increasingly mindful of the impact their travel choices have on the environment and our colleagues, investors, owners and suppliers all expect us to act responsibly. Transitioning to bulk amenities across our global estate was one of our first significant steps towards eliminating single-use items throughout the guest stay by 2030. We’ll continue to find innovative solutions for operating more sustainably to deliver our purpose of True Hospitality for Good.”
Umesh Shah, CEO of Unilever International, added:
“Unilever is committed to making sustainable living commonplace, and we have ambitious targets across every part of our business. We are pleased to partner with IHG Hotels & Resorts to help extend sustainable living into the travel industry by providing bathrooms with bulk amenities. Through this collaboration, IHG’s guests will enjoy a range of products from Dove during their stay, while reducing their use of plastic.”
Reducing plastic one step at a time
Whilst we reduce weight in the air, reducing waste on the ground is a priority too – and reducing the plastic used to create all those little amentiy bottle adds up (although bigger bottles will no doubt add to savings on the bottom line too).
With companies being pushed to address environmental waste in their systems, there are easy public ways to make a visible difference – and amenities are one of them.
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