IHG reduces plastic usage replaces bathroom miniatures with bulk-size amenities
IHG takes step to remove 200 million plastic miniatures from estate each year
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced that its hotel estate of almost 843,000 guest rooms will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities.
The transition is set to be completed during 2021. Building on its sustainability agenda, this pledge makes IHG the first global hotel company to commit all brands to removing bathroom miniatures in favour of bulk-size amenities.
IHG CEO, Keith Barr commented: “It’s more important than ever that companies challenge themselves to operate responsibly – we know it’s what our guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers rightly expect. Switching to larger-size amenities across more than 5,600 hotels around the world is a step in the right direction and will allow us to reduce our waste footprint and environmental impact as we make the change. We’ve already made great strides in this area, with almost a third of our estate already adopting the change and we’re proud to lead our industry by making this a brand standard for every single IHG hotel.”
IHG remains a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index, and recently joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 network to work with cross-industry partners for sustainability.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s lead of the CE100, Joe Murphy said: “We welcome IHG’s action to reduce plastic waste through this new commitment. Achieving a circular economy will be a challenging journey, but by working together we can find solutions to design out waste, keep materials in use, and regenerate our environment.”
IHG currently has an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures in use across its entire hotel estate every year. The company expects to see a significant reduction in plastic waste.