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Edinburgh hotel to ban throwaway plastic toiletries and switch to super-size amenities

Scottish Fine Soaps sea kelp toiletries outside front of Dalmahoy hotel

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh is phasing out plastic miniature toiletries in its 215 bedrooms, instead switching to larger-sized amenities to save over 175,000 30ml plastic bottles from ending up in the landfill every year.

The newly-refurbished hotel will mount larger-sized eco-friendly shampoo, shower gels and body creams to bathroom walls, which will be refilled from larger containers.

In conjunction with Green Tourism, Dalmahoy is an accredited gold member. 

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Alistair Kinchin, Dalmahoy’s general manager, is leading on Dalmahoy’s environmental agenda.  He says, “Dalmahoy is an independently-branded hotel which means we can drive our own ambitions – and we’re on a mission to become an environmentally-responsible resort. 

“We’re removing miniature plastic toiletries, because we all need to play our small part in operating our businesses in a more environmentally-conscious way – and our guests, with the rise of conscious consumerism, expect this of us.”

Dalmahoy has been tackling a number of other initiatives since becoming an independent property almost three years ago.

The hotel’s biggest program to date has been installing a renewable energy source through a combined heat and power plant which will save more than 9 tonnes reduction in carbon emissions in comparison to traditional energy sourcing. 

Other plans in the pipeline this year for Dalmahoy include introducing electric car charging points and improving waste management.

The four-star hotel comprises 215 bedrooms, plus restaurants and event spaces.

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