Yes we have no plastic bottles — Holiday Inn

Yes we have no plastic bottles — Holiday Inn

As a kid, going to a hotel was fantastic. You could jump on the bed, watch different TV channels, swim in the pool, eat waffles for breakfast. And your parents even let you steal stuff. Yes, you were allowed to take the little bottles of shampoo home with you. Hotels don’t mind that, your parents said with the air of people who knew.

My own daughter asked to take a tiny container home last time we were at a hotel together, and thinking I’d be the cool parent for once I said sure. I don’t know if hotels mind. I hope they don’t.

But I do. Not for the amount of skin lotion “stolen” but rather for the amount of plastic wasted. Some hotels have started using dispensers instead. I’ve stayed in a few of those in recent years, but I couldn’t tell you what chain they were. Back in my karate competition days, I stayed at all kinds of hotels in all kinds of cities, they sort of blur together now. (Except for that one in London where my kids found a used condom under the bed. I haven’t forgotten that one.)

Anyway. Let’s go somewhere more pleasant, shall we? It shouldn’t be hard.

Holiday Inn and InterContinental recently announced they would no longer have those cute tiny little plastic bottles to steal in their 5,600 hotels worldwide. That’s almost 850,000 rooms, times three bottles (shampoo, conditioner, skin lotion), times however many nights said rooms are occupied.

I don’t have enough fingers to count any of this, but it must make for a fine pile of plastic. The transition is supposed to be complete in 2021.

How many plastic straws can you pick up on your jog?

How many plastic straws can you pick up on your jog?

Just another afternoon, in-between rain showers

Just another afternoon, in-between rain showers

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