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Major Chain's 843,000 Hotel Rooms Are Replacing Single-Use Toiletries With Bulk Dispensers

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When staying in a chain hotel, most of us have come to expect a few simple amenities: toilet paper folded into a triangle, a mini fridge stocked with $16 packets of almonds, and teeny-tiny plastic shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel bottles in the bathroom. But these days, more and more hotel chains are shifting away from the single-use bottles in favor of more sustainable (and cost-effective) alternatives. Most recently, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), owner of several major hotel chains including Holiday Inn, revealed that it will be replacing amenities with bulk dispensers at all of its hotels.

On Tuesday, July 30, IHG announced that by the end of 2021, all 5,656 of its worldwide hotels will transition its bathroom miniatures to bulk-size containers of shampoo and conditioner. That's pretty significant, considering IHG owns more than a dozen chains, including: Holiday Inn, Regent, Kimpton, Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites, Even Hotels, Voco, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, InterContinental, Avid, Six Senses, and Atwell Suites. Across those hotels, there are nearly 843,000 hotel rooms. IHG estimates that this will save 200 million miniatures every single year.