Over the past several months we’ve seen Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott, all announce that they’ll be eliminating single-use toiletries from their hotels. All three companies plan to switch to reusable toiletries by 2021 at the latest.
It’s no surprise to see hotel groups follow one another, and I imagine soon enough reusable toiletry containers will be the norm. Well, now an additional hotel group has made a similar announcement.
Accor has announced that they plan to eliminate single-use plastics from the guest experience by the end of 2022.
Accor has over 120 million guests and serves more than 200 million meals each year. In addition to previous commitments to eliminate plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds, Accor’s new commitment includes:
- The removal of individual plastic toiletry amenities and cups by the end of 2020
- The elimination of all remaining single-use plastic items in guest rooms, meeting areas, restaurants, and all leisure activities areas (spas, fitness centers, etc.) by the end of 2022
For Accor’s purposes, single-use plastics are defined as disposable items that are used only once and then discarded. Examples include plastic straws, cotton buds, coffee stirrers, plastic cups, plastic bags for laundry or extra pillows, plastic water bottles, all plastic packaging (for food, welcome products, etc.), plastic take-away dishes and tableware, plastic gifts and welcome products (toiletries, slippers, pencils, etc), and plastic keycards.
As Accor CEO Sébastien Bazin describes the initiative:
“We are aware of the significant impact we have on our planet and our responsibility to create tangible benefits for our employees, guests, suppliers, partners and host communities. What guides us is the consciousness and social awareness that drives every person who strives to be a good citizen. It’s about being aware, socially conscious and consistent.”
As I said when Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott made these announcements, this is a change I’m fully in support of, and that’s something I’ve evolved on over time. We’re talking about millions of plastic bottles being wasted, and that just seems silly.
Do I like little toiletry bottles? Sure, who doesn’t? But I also think this is the right move.
Now, the cynic in me absolutely believes that a big motivator here for hotels is cost savings. However, if you can do something that’s good for the planet and also save costs, then more power to you, in my opinion.
What do you make of this move from Accor?