Wow, that's a tremendous development.
IHG Relocates to Standard Products Worldwide
IHG today announced that it will completely switch to standard bathroom products by 2021 .
This applies to all 17 IHG brands, from InterContinental to Holiday Inn Express. IHG is one of the largest hotel groups in the world with around 5,600 hotels and around 843,000 guest rooms.
According to IHG, 200 million miniature bottles are removed from their homes every year. This is part of a larger sustainability agenda designed to reduce plastic waste and makes IHG the first global hotel company to oblige all brands to remove bathroom miniatures in favor of large-scale amenities.
Keith Barr, CEO of IHG, had the following on the subject:
"It is more important than ever that companies call for responsible action ̵1; we know that this is our guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers rightly expect. Moving to larger facilities in more than 5,600 hotels around the world is a big step in the right direction and enables us to significantly reduce the environmental footprint and environmental impact of the transition.
We've Made Great Progress We're proud to make our industry a brand standard for every single IHG hotel. We are passionate about sustainability and will continue to seek ways to positively impact the environment and our local communities.
This move follows the IHG's commitment to remove plastic straws from their properties by the end of 2019 is something we have seen in many companies.
IHG notes that many of their brands are already offering large-sized toiletries and are well received by guests:
- Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas offers bath products in refillable ceramic dispensers throughout the luxury property, while Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants already caters to larger establishments moves.
- The IHG brands voco Hotels, EVEN Hotels and avid hotels, since their introduction in close collaboration with their suppliers, have offered large-scale facilities to donors and products that preserve a sense of quality
- More than 1,000 Holiday Inn Express hotels on the American continent have already implemented the change, in addition to a number of Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites hotels in the region
My attitude to large-size toiletries
I have to be honest, this is an area I am in Have evolved over time. In general, I was not a fan of hotel groups that switched to large-scale amenities, as this was mainly a cost-cutting measure for me.
Although I think that this lowers costs, the reality is that it is also the right thing to do. Toilet miniatures are so wasteful and unnecessary, even if they are something that some people love about hotels.
Although I support this today, I have some hopes for IHG (and any other hotel brand that chooses it) to go in that direction):
- Please do not introduce any worse toiletries just because the label may not so obvious.
- Please make sure that the housekeepers clean the containers properly.
- Please make sure the containers are working properly. We have found that this is a big problem (eg a pump breaks down).
IHG is the first global hotel group to announce that miniature toiletries are being phased out worldwide. The competition will follow shortly, and before you know it, disposable toiletries will be a thing of the past.
I know some people will miss taking home some toiletries from some of the better brands out there, but I can not blame IHG for it either. After all, it is the right step.
What do you think about IHG eliminating miniature toiletries worldwide?