Marriott has confirmed plans to expand an
initiative to replace tiny, single-use toiletry bottles of
shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in guestroom showers with
larger, pump-topped bottles.
To date, the company has already rolled out
larger bottles at about 1,000 properties in North America, and now
expects most of its other hotels to make the switch by December
When fully implemented across the globe,
Marriott International’s expanded toiletry program is expected to
prevent about 500 million tiny bottles annually from going to
landfills. That’s about 1.7 million pounds of plastic, a 30% annual reduction from current amenity plastic usage.
“This is our second global initiative aimed at reducing single-use
plastics in just over a year, which underscores how important we
believe it is to continuously find ways to reduce our hotels’
environmental impact. It’s a huge priority for us,” said Arne
Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott
International. “Our guests are looking to us to make changes that
will create a meaningful difference for the environment while not
sacrificing the quality service and experience they expect from
Already, more than 20% of Marriott’s more than 7,000 properties now offer
larger-pump-topped bottles in guestroom showers, doing away with
single-use bottles that often end up in landfills.
Marriott launched the initiative in early 2018
to switch single-use shower toiletry bottles to larger
bottles with pump dispensers in five brands: Courtyard by
Marriott, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, Fairfield by Marriott
and TownePlace Suites.
In addition, four of Marriott’s brands – Aloft Hotels, Element by Westin, Four
Points and Moxy Hotels – previously implemented the pump-dispenser
toiletry concept, while a fifth – AC by Marriott – is making the change.
A typical large, pump-topped bottle
contains the same amount of product as about 10 to 12 tiny,
single-use bottles. Because tiny bottles are not usually recycled,
they end up in the hotels’ trash bins – generating refuse that
will never truly decompose in landfills. In addition to allowing
guests to use as much of a product as they need, the larger
bottles are also recyclable along with other basic containers,
such as plastic soda bottles.