Six Bahrain hotels to stop using mini toiletry bottles

Marriott International is moving away from single-use plastic

Six Bahrain hotels to stop using mini toiletry bottles

When you think of staying in hotels, certain images come to mind. Soft bath robes, a freshly made bed every day and tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel.

But that’s soon set to change across six hotels in Bahrain after Marriott International announced they would be switching to larger pump-topped bottles by December 2020.

The hotel chain wants to stop around 500 million bottles, which amounts to 1.7 million pounds of plastic, going to landfills every year.

Each of the new bottles will replace between ten and 12 single-use bottles, which often end up in the bin as most places do not attempt to recycle them.

These bottles can pile up in landfills or get washed out to sea, adding to the amount of microplastics in the oceans across the globe.
Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, said: “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. It’s a huge priority for us.

“Our guests are looking to us to make changes that will create a meaningful difference for the environment while not sacrificing the quality service and experience they expect from our hotels.”

Mariott International began trialling the idea in January 2018, and the switchover has been made in 1,000 hotels already.

The hotels in Bahrain that will be affected are the Mariott Executive Apartments in Al Fateh, the Residence Inn in Juffair, the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel near the World Trade Centre, the Ritz-Carlton, Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain and the Westin City Centre Bahrain, which are all in Seef.

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