Toiletries small plastic bottles are a major problem for eco sustainability, nearly six to seven small bottles are needed in an average hotel room, that equates to a lot of disposal headache, these are mostly cheap products imported from China, amongst the hotels it is a race to the bottom to import the cheapest brand with quality controls not really emphasised.
Good hotels with eco friendly practices should try to avoid using these ‘multicolour unknown bottles’ but rather go for bigger dispensers from known brands.
In a economic downturn where hotels are saddled with lot of debt the first few things they cut are items of daily usage, as customers we should encourage usage of organic products though expensive but highly suggested.
BurjalArab in Dubai represents the ultimate in profligate consumerism and would not in any way stand the test of a sustainable hotel but their actions on sustainable bottles need to become industry benchmark.
One hotel that I recently stayed and was very impressed that meets most of these sustainable eco benchmarks is newly opened Hotel Rafayel in Battersea.( http://www.hotelrafayel.com)
Guests who like to pocket all the travel-sized miniatures (we all do it) may be disappointed to find bathrooms have large, refillable bottles of organic Neom products instead of take-away toiletries. They have totally banned plastics and have gone for Neom 250ml sustainable bottles, the products is a top product and if other hotels can follow suit we will see far less plastic floating around.
They also have replaced imported mineral water with Vivreau technology that purifies tap water and gives them fizzy water too.
(Source: Vivreau Pure Water http://www.foodbev.com/news/vivreau-invited-to-stay-at-hotel-rafayel )
The lesser plastic we consume the better world we will leave for our children. Such measures taken to ensure that a hotel has a minimal carbon footprint are very impressive.