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intercontinental hotels is banning single-use plastics
Refillable bulk bathroom toiletries are the order of the day for InterContinental Hotels Group

IHG has announce that Intercontinental Hotels is banning single-use plastics and will be replacing bathroom miniatures with more environmentally-friendly bulk-size bathroom amenities in all of its hotels.

The global group, known as IHG, owns more than 5,600 hotels worldwide, with a portfolio that includes Six Senses, Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn. This equates to almost 843,000 guest rooms and around 200 million bathroom miniatures each year. It is anticipated that the transition will be completed by 2021. 

“We’ve made great strides, with almost a third of our estate already adopting the change,” said Keith Barr, IHG’s chief executive officer. “We’re proud to lead our industry by making this a brand standard for every single IHG hotel. We’ll continue to explore ways to make a positive difference to the environment and our local communities.”

The group has already committed to phasing out all plastic straws from its hotels by the end of this year. 

Several IHG brands already use bulk-size amenities, including Six Senses Resorts Spas which tops-up ceramic dispensers with bathroom product in all of its properties.