A global collaboration between IHG Hotels & Resorts and consumer goods giant Unilever aims to replace bathroom miniatures with “bulk amenities” in more than 4,000 hotels in a bid to clamp down on the use of waste plastics unique.
Under the agreement, Unilever’s largest brand, Dove, will supply hand wash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion to IHG Essentials and Suites Collection hotels, including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Avid Hotels, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.
Switching to full-size formats is expected to save at least 850 tonnes of plastic a year in IHG’s Americas region alone, equivalent to the weight of five adult blue whales or 70 double-decker London buses.
The rollout of full-size Unilever products across IHG’s consumer brands, which represent approximately 80% of IHG’s portfolio, follows the recent launch of larger bathroom amenities across InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties .
In 2019, IHG became the first global hotel company to commit to eliminating bathroom miniatures across all of its hotel brands in favor of larger amenities as part of its commitment to eliminate single-use items. throughout its customers’ stay by 2030. IHG markets are covered by bulk bathroom equipment contracts.
In 2019, IHG became the first global hotel company to commit to eliminating bathroom miniatures across all of its hotel brands in favor of larger amenities.
“Our customers are increasingly aware of the impact of their travel choices on the environment and our colleagues, investors, owners and suppliers all expect us to act responsibly,” said Yasmin Diamond, Vice Executive President of Global Affairs at IHG Hotels & Resorts. “The transition to bulk equipment across our global estate was one of our first major steps towards eliminating single-use items throughout the guest stay by 2030. We will continue to find innovative solutions to operate more sustainably to achieve our goal of True Hospitality for Good.”
The partnership with Unilever is part of IHG’s 10-year responsible business plan Journey to Tomorrow, which includes eliminating single-use items, reducing food waste and adopting “circular solutions for key items of hotels” by 2030.
Unilever, meanwhile, has define a series of 2025 commitments including an absolute reduction of over 100,000 tonnes of its use of virgin plastic, to collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells, and to ensure that 100% of its plastic packaging is designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable. Unilever will also use 25% recycled plastic in its packaging by 2025, he said.
“Unilever is committed to making sustainable living mainstream, and we have ambitious goals across all areas of our business,” said Umesh Shah, CEO of Unilever International. “We are thrilled to partner with IHG Hotels & Resorts to help extend sustainable living in the travel industry by providing bathrooms with amenities in bulk. Through this collaboration, IHG guests will be able to enjoy a range of Dove products during their stay, while reducing their use of Plastic.”