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GOODBYE, FREEBIES: MARRIOTT TO SHED PLASTIC BOTTLES

It could be lights out for tiny toiletries.

Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, announced Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020. They will be replaced with larger bottles or wall-mounted dispensers, depending on the hotel.

The move follows a similar announcement last month by IHG, which owns Holiday Inn, Kimpton and other brands. IHG said it will eliminate about 200 million tiny bottles each year by 2021. Last year, Walt Disney Co. said it would replace small plastic shampoo bottles at its resorts and on its cruise ships. Many smaller companies, such as the five Soneva Resorts in Thailand and the Maldives, have ditched plastic bottles.

Marriott has more than 7,000 hotels in 131 countries under 30 brands, ranging from SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn to Sheraton and Ritz-Carlton. It says it will be eliminating about 500 million small bottles each year, or 1.7 million pounds of plastic.

— The Associated Press

Shared from the 8/29/2019 The Denver Post eEdition

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