IHG makes bold move to replace all "bathroom miniatures" with bulk amenities by 2021.

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On Tuesday, July 30, IHG announced that it plans to replace all “bathroom miniatures” with bulk amenities across all of its 17 brands. With this announcement, IHG becomes the first of the large chain hotel companies to make this ban company-wide. This decision affects 843,000 guest rooms in more than 5,600 hotels.

Read the full New York Times article.

Kure Products Introduces Stainless, Aluminum Amenity Dispenser

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SAN FRANCISCO—Kure Products is launching into the hotel shower dispenser market just as California Assembly Bill No. 1162 makes progress toward banning small amenity bottles from hotel rooms by 2023. Following the lead of Santa Cruz County, California law makers intent on reducing plastics have focused on single-use bottles of bath products as more than 500,000 amenity bottles end up in North American landfills every day. By switching from small bottles to bulk amenity dispensers, a 100-room hotel can save more than 1,000 pounds of plastic every year.

Catering to luxury hoteliers and discerning guests, Kure dispensers stand out for their sophisticated look and ease of use. Most competing dispensers still house plastic bottles that are bad for the environment and degrade over time, while Kure’s sleek metal vessels are more sustainable and ergonomic for both guests and housekeepers. Francine Talmadge, GM at Hideaway Santa Barbara, a recent customer, agrees, “The Kure dispensers are a dream. Easy to use, easy to clean, easy to refill. And so stylish. I love them.”

Founders Jan McDougal and Cindi Frame started Kure because luxury properties that wanted to do the right thing and support the environment by converting to dispensers did not have an elegant option that would delight their guests. “We knew we could do so much better than what we were seeing in the market—and after a thoughtful two year R&D process where we collected input from guests, housekeeping staff and hotel managers, we’ve engineered and piloted a dispenser that is more sustainable, more elegant and more functional,” said McDougal. “Now that hotels are looking to transition to dispensers, they have an option that their guests and housekeepers will love and that they can fully customize to support their luxury brands.”

Kure Amenity Dispenser Details:

  • Sleek stand-alone aluminum and stainless design; no plastic bottles.

  • Fully customizable digital printing; Stock designs also available.

  • Easy to open, tamper-proof lid.

  • Hygienic internal pump that does not get exposed to germs when refilling.

  • Height: 11.125″, Diameter: 2.5″.

  • Volume: 12 ounces.

https://www.greenlodgingnews.com/kure-products-introduces-stainless-aluminum-amenity-dispenser/

Santa Cruz Bans Single-Use Plastic Toiletry Bottles

Great news for the environment! In a landmark decision, Santa Cruz County in California passed an ordinance, which takes effect December 2020, to ban single-use toiletry bottles from hotels and rental properties. This is the first ordinance of its kind passed in the United States as Santa Cruz acknowledges it needs to do more to protect the Monterey Bay’s ecosystem. 2nd District Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend stated, "Single-use plastics have dire consequences for these ecosystems and threaten our local economy, and we must act locally to protect them."

Click here to learn more.

"There will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050." - Ellen MacArthur, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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Robert Traydon writes yet another provocative piece on the use of single use plastics (such as mini shampoo bottles) leading to one of the greatest risks facing our environment today.  Plastic is making its way into our food chain because 32% of all plastic packaging finds its way into the environment as "mismanaged plastic waste."

Click here to read Robert Traydon's article on News24:

Plastic Production Accelerating

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Single-use plastic bottles of bath products offered in hotels are so commonplace, we sometimes forget that they are part of a relatively new phenomenon that’s having a dramatic impact on our environment.  Read The Atlantic article -- Half of All Plastic That Has Ever Existed Was Made in the Past 13 Years -- about the newest study done on plastic production.

  https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/07/plastic-age/533955/