Eco-friendly travel just got easier! This week Marriott announced their plan to replace all single-use toiletry bottles with larger more eco-friendly ones.
As someone who travels a ton for work, I’ve agonized over these tiny, wasteful containers. As a matter of fact, I’ve often wondered why more hotels still use these. Being a Marriott member, I’m excited about the effort to do away with single-use plastic by 2020.
The initiative is well underway. Already the company has converted over 1000 hotels in North America. The expectation is to have the remaining properties converted by December 2020. This is in addition to being completely straw free in 2019
The Single-use Plastic Problem
Single-use plastic accounts for about half of all plastic production. Furthermore, an astonishing 1 Million plastic bottles are bought PER MINUTE, and only 23% of that is recycled. Of that 8.8 Million Tons flow directly into the oceans.
Hence, any step towards reducing single-use plastic waste is appreciated, but it’s great to see the world’s largest hotel chain taking action. Marriott operates over 7,000 properties worldwide. According to Marriott’s press release, replacing single-use bottles with larger amenity bottles will “prevent 500 million tiny bottles annually from going to landfills; that’s about 1.7 million pounds of plastic, a 30 percent annual reduction from current amenity plastic usage”.
Marriott isn’t the only hotel making conscious changes. Hilton, Four Seasons, and Kimpton are just a few with eco-initiatives. To learn more, check out the complete list at Hospitality Insights EHL.
Make eco-friendly changes at home too. Check out 50 Eco-Friendly Ideas So Easy You Can Start Today