If you regularly restock your shampoo supply by pilfering the mini bottles from hotel rooms, you’re going to have to find a new scam to save a couple of bucks. The miniature toiletries are about to be removed from all hotels run by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which owns both Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels.
To reduce negative environmental effects, the hotel group has pledged to remove the plastic bottles from all of its 843,000 rooms by 2021, and has already done so at about a third of its properties, the BBC reported.
Although guests won’t be able to pocket the shower gels, they will still be able to have a soapy shower when staying at an IHG property — the mini toiletries will be replaced by bulk items.
And toiletries are just the first step. Keith Barr, IHG’s chief executive, revealed that the next hurdle will be to eliminate plastic plates and cutlery used in the hotel breakfasts, and IHG has also committed to reducing its carbon footprint per occupied room by six percent by next year.
Of course, if you care about the future of our planet, you don’t have to wait until big hotel chains get a move on — becoming a zero-waste traveler by using soap and shampoo bars instead of bottles is easy peasy.