Mini Soap Bottles Could Soon Be Banned At New York Hotels

new yorkA little over a year back I wrote a post wondering, will hotels get rid of mini shampoo bottles.

Over the past few years, we’ve noticed more and more properties offering wall mounted soap and shampoo rather than the mini bottles. While we don’t love this system, it is better for the environment.

A bill has recently been proposed by New York senator Todd Kaminsky which would “ban single-use plastics for hotel personal care products in favor of wall-mounted dispensers that can be refilled, multi-use bottles, or toiletries contained in materials that can be recycled“, according to Lonely Planet.

The bill is being backed by the Hotels Association of New York City and the state Hospitality and Tourism Association.

If passed, the bill would help to stop close to 30 million mini soap bottles from being tossed in the trash.

Besides the state of California passing a bill to ban single-use plastic in hotels by 2023, a couple of hotel chains have already announced plans to get rid of the mini bottles- Marriott and IHG.

If the bill in New York passes, properties would start phasing out the mini-bottles in 2023.

I can’t say that I love the idea of hotels switching to the wall mounted soap options (we definitely take some of the small bottles and soaps home for future use), but I do like the reason behind the change.

How do you feel about states and hotel brands phasing out mini-bottles of soaps?

Find out more from Lonely Planet here.

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