Pump-style dispensers will replace mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash at IHG and Marriott properties, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The transition to dispensers fixed to shower walls is beginning at Marriott hotels that cater primarily to business travellers, said Denise Naguib, Marriott’s vice president for sustainability and supplier diversity.
“It’s a great opportunity to test this on business travellers who come in and out of our hotels instead of guests who only visit once or twice a year,” she said.
Marriott has already switched to the pump dispensers at its Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, TownPlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, Moxy and Four Points brands. They also will be soon be added at AC hotels.
The dispensers are being installed at a total of 450 Marriott hotels this year.
Meanwhile Intercontinental Hotels Group has installed the pump bottles at its Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, and Avid Hotels properties.
The hotel companies cite several reasons for phasing out the mini bottles — they usually don’t get recycled, travellers tend to use multiple bottles per stay, and the caps sometimes fall down drains and cause clogs.
IHG spokeswoman Ada Hatzios said that customers also prefer the larger, easy-to-read labels on the dispensers, each of which holds 8.5 ounces (around 240ml) of liquid.