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Wed, 31 July 2019

IHG Commits All Brands to Bulk-Size Bathroom Amenities

InterContinental Hotels Group has become the first global hotel company to commit all brands to removing bathroom miniatures in favour of bulk-size amenities.

The welcome move will mean that IHGs entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 guest rooms will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities, with the transition to be completed during 2021.

No silly miniature bathroom amenities at the Holiday Inn Express Medina. Click to enlarge.

Keith Barr, CEO, IHG, said, Its more important than ever that companies challenge themselves to operate responsibly we know its what our guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers rightly expect. 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. Weve already made great strides in this area, with almost a third of our estate already adopting the change and were proud to lead our industry by making this a brand standard for every single IHG hotel. Were passionate about sustainability and well continue to explore ways to make a positive difference to the environment and our local communities.

IHG currently has an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures in use across its entire hotel estate every year. As the new brand standard is adopted between now and 2021, the company expects to see a significant reduction in plastic waste. This commitment builds on IHGs pledge to remove plastic straws from its hotels by the end of 2019, and a number of broader waste reduction initiatives already in place.

Several IHG brands already use bulk-size amenities:

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas offers bathroom products in refillable ceramic dispensers across its entire luxury estate, whilst Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is already moving to larger-size amenities. IHGs voco Hotels, EVEN Hotels and avid hotels brands have all offered bulk-size amenities since launch, working closely with suppliers to offer dispensers and products that retain a quality feel. And more than 1,000 Holiday Inn Express hotels in the Americas have already been implementing the change, alongside a number of Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites properties in the region.

See also: Hotel Waste, Single-Use Plastic and Climate Change - HD Video Interview with WWF.

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