Marriott International, the worldwide hotelier, is planning to eliminate plastic bottles from guest bathrooms.
The company previously has made moves to cut ‘amenity’ bottles, with about 1,000 locations in North America currently using larger, multi-use bottles.
Now Marriott expects most hotels in the company portfolio to switch to larger bottles by the end of next year.
The decision will eliminate an estimated 500 million little plastic bottles, used for products such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion and shower gel.
Marriott expects the move will eliminate about 770,000kg (1.7m lbs) of plastic per year. That's about 30% of total company consumption.
"It's a huge priority for us," Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson said in a statement. "This is our second global initiative aimed at reducing single-use plastics in just over a year, which underscores how important we believe it is to continuously find ways to reduce our hotels' environmental impact."
Marriott indicated that about 20% of its more than 7,000 locations now use pump-top bottles containing 10 to 12 times more product than the smaller, single-use bottles.