Say goodbye to miniature bathroom amenities!

Intercontinental Hotel Group News
Date Posted: 08/08/2019

As many Australian’s go crazy for little plastic collectables from two of our major supermarket chains who are competing for sales over the winter months, one of the world’s major hotel chains has made the decision to remove all miniatures from their properties.

The transition away from the bathroom miniatures is all in an effort to reduce landfill and create a better, healthier and cleaner environment for future generations.

Bathroom Amenities

The Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies will begin transiting over to larger bulk-sized amenities across all of their 843,000 guest rooms and suites right around the world, and includes 47 locations across Australasia.

This will include:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash/Shower Gel
  • Hand/Body Lotion

The hotel chain expects to have all their miniature bathroom amenities removed by the end of 2020, during the process they will become the first ever global hotel company to commit to saving the amount of landfill it creates.

Personally, every time I stay in a hotel when I’m travelling, I use the smallest amount of these products and then it’s thrown away. I’m often left thinking what a huge waste it must be each and every day, let alone the amount of un-necessary waste sent to landfill.

Take the Intercontinental Sydney for example, the property consists of 509 rooms and on average in each room there are 4 miniature bathroom amenities provided. In just one day alone over 2,000 items have been used/provided, and over the course of a year the amount is staggering.

Over 743,140 individual bathroom miniatures have been used/provided.
It’s hard to think that this amount is just at one hotel in Australia – let alone all the other millions of hotels around the world.

It’s extremely wasteful and it’s something that many of the Intercontinental Hotel Group’s guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers can all agree on.

The IHG property group operates across over 5,600 locations around the world. It’s a great step forward and a great initiative shown not only in reducing our waste foot print, but also reducing the environmental impact it has.

“We’ve already made great stride in this area, with almost a third of our estate already adopting the change and we’re proud to lead our industry by making this a brand standard for every single IHG hotel.”

Said Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer of IHG.

Over 200 million bathroom miniatures are provided each year across the entire hotel groups portfolio. The Intercontinental Hotel Group has already began helping reduce the waste it creates, with the removal of single use plastic straws from all their properties by the end of this year. This alone is expected to save an average of 50 million straws from landfill each year.

Another way the IHG brand has helped reduce their environmental footprint is with their voco Hotel brand working directly with suppliers to provide pillows and duvets that are filled with 100% recycled materials. This roughly equals to 150 plastic bottles per guest room diverted from landfill each year.

“We’re passionate about sustainability and we’ll continue to explore ways to make a positive difference to the the environment and our local communities.”

Said Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer of IHG.

Hotels which have already adopted his new tried, tested and researched approach to offering bulk-sized amenities include:

  • Six Senses Hotels and Resorts
  • Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
  • voco Hotels
  • EVEN Hotels
  • avid Hotels

Over 1,000 Holiday Inn Express hotels across America have begun to progressively implement this change. As well as a number of Staybridge and Candlewood Suites have also started to make the switch.

Intercontinental Sydney

There’s no doubting that this small change will make a huge impact on the amount of waste being sent to landfill each year. I wouldn’t be surprised if more of the larger hotel chains jump on board and transition over to bulk-sized amenities in the coming years and I would love to see it come an industry standard around the world.

We only have one planet, and we have to look after it as best as we can. We all need to make the necessary changes and it all starts with us to make that decision and not rely upon single use items.

Well done IHG for helping clean up our environment and provide a cleaner future.

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