Are You Showering? ‘Cause We Are!

Holiday Inn owner ditching mini shampoos to cut plastic pollution
Chain uses an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures every year

I’m cool with helping the environment, but this story is failing to answer a very important question. What are we doing about contamination? Switching to bulk-size toiletries only works if it means that multiple guests are going to be using the same ones, and that I’m not so sure I’m cool with. Other people are gross, and some of them aren’t very nice. Lord only knows what someone might slip into those shared shampoo bottles either out of malice or because they think they’re funny, and I doubt folks are going to be beating down your door to pay $100 a night to use soap coated in stranger pubes and ass shrapnel.

The fight to save the seas from plastic waste may mean the end for mini bottles of shampoo and other toiletries that hotel guests love to stuff into their luggage.
The owner of Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels said Tuesday that its nearly 843,000 guest rooms are switching to bulk-size bathroom amenities as part of an effort to cut waste. The transition is due to be completed in 2021.
“Switching to larger-size amenities across more than 5,600 hotels around the world is a big step in the right direction and will allow us to significantly reduce our waste footprint and environmental impact as we make the change,” said InterContinental Hotels Group chief executive Keith Barr.
IHG, which uses an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures every year, said customers expect them to act responsibly.

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