It’s the end of the road for bath miniatures across hotels within the InterContinental portfolio as the group opts for bulk size amenities in a bid to reduce plastic waste.
The group’s entire hotel estate of almost 843,000 bedrooms will switch to larger bottles of bathroom products, with the transition due to be completed during 2021.
The pledge makes IHG the first global hotel company to commit all brands to removing bathroom miniatures in favour of bulk-size amenities.
With brands such as Kimpton, voco and Hotel Indigo, IHG has an average 200 million bathroom miniatures in use within its hotels around the world.
Keith Barr, CEO, IHG, commented: “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.
“We’ve already made great strides in this area, with almost a third of our estate already adopting the change and we’re proud to lead our industry by making this a brand standard for every single IHG hotel. We’re passionate about sustainability and we’ll continue to explore ways to make a positive difference to the environment and our local communities.”
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 IHG’s pledge in October 2018 to remove plastic straws from its hotels by the end of 2019, and a number of broader waste reduction initiatives already in place.