It may be the end of an era when it comes to your hotel stay. Just like grocery stores are getting rid of their plastic bags many hotels will be doing away with the mini toiletries that you find in the bathrooms in favor of wall-mounted, refillable dispensers.
California is currently passing around a new bill, A.B. 1162, which aims to scrap the tiny single-use plastic bottles at hotels and other hospitality establishments. The bill was passed in the Assembly last week and has moved to the Senate for committee examination.
“The goal is really to start to phase out single-use plastics in our state in general,” said Ash Kalra, one of the bill’s sponsors. “This is really low-hanging fruit because the industry is already moving in that direction.”
Just like the phasing out of plastic bags, this new change in the hotel industry might be hard for customers. However, Assemblyman Kalra says that the change “is part of a larger conversation of trying to get plastics out of our culture.”
Marriott has already begun to implement these new changes by announcing it’s plan to replace travel-sized tubes of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel with larger bottles in an attempt to reduce plastic waste. The change will affect roughly 500,000 guest rooms and will be made at most of its 7,000 hotels around the world by December 2020. Marriott owns several popular brands, including Courtyard, Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels and Sheraton.