Marriott advances sustainable revolution by slashing plastic toiletry waste

by | Sep 9, 2019 | Chains

From small to large containers – Marriott reduces plastic waste

Marriott takes another big step to reducing single-use plastic by banning tiny bottles from its guest rooms, with all its 7,000-plus properties expected to make the transition by 2020.

Marriott, one of the biggest names in hospitality, is making headlines because of new steps taken as part of its commitment to sustainable principles and plastic waste reduction.

It announced its plans to expand on a 2018 initiative which replaced single-use toiletry bottles with larger refillable pump bottles, with all its properties expected to make the transition by 2020.

Currently, around 20% of their 7,000-plus properties are already using the larger bottles, which will prevent an estimated 500 million tiny toiletry bottles from ending up in landfills, meaning the company’s plastic waste will be reduced by around 1.7 million pounds.

Marriott gets pumped for the planet

Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, spoke of the plans, nicknamed “Pumped for the Planet”, saying, “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. 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,” Mr Sorenson went on to say.

Pump vs squeeze

The larger pump bottles offer a viable alternative to the small, practically unrecyclable tiny toiletry bottles guests usually find in hotel bathrooms, which almost always find their way into landfill.

While the new pump bottles are also made of plastic, they can be refilled, allowing guests to use only as much product as they need, and can be more easily recycled than their smaller counterparts.

Each large bottle contains the same amount of shampoo, conditioner or soap as 10 and 12 mini bottles.

So far, guests’ responses have been overwhelmingly positive to seeing these new vessels in their hotel bathrooms, Marriott has reported.

Marriott has been spearheading sustainable initiatives for a few years now and was one of the first hotel groups to phase out all plastic straws and stirrers from their hotels.

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Marriott International is based in Bethesda, Maryland and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,000 properties around the world.


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