Unilever has entered into a global partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG Hotels & Resorts) to replace the bathroom miniatures in its hotels with bulk amenities.
Under the partnership, Unilever will supply a range of full size Dove products, including hand wash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, to IHG Essentials and Suites Collection hotels.
These include Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Avid hotels, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Greater China, accounting for 80% of IHG’s portfolio.
Dove will supply various sizes of packs and all 500ml bottles will be refillable.
This switch is expected to save at least 850 tonnes of plastic annually in IGH’s Americas reckon alone.
“Unilever is committed to making sustainable living commonplace, and we have ambitious targets across every part of our business,” commented Umesh Shah, CEO of Unilever International.
“We are pleased to partner with IHG Hotels & Resorts to help extend sustainable living into the travel industry by providing bathrooms with bulk amenities.
“Through this collaboration, IHG’s guests will enjoy a range of products from Dove during their stay, while reducing their use of plastic.”
Yasmin Diamond, Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, IHG Hotels & Resorts, added: “IHG has pioneered the move to minimal waste in the hospitality industry and we’re excited to spell the end of bathroom miniatures through our collaboration with Unilever.
“Our guests are increasingly mindful of the impact their travel choices have on the environment and our colleagues, investors, owners and suppliers all expect us to act responsibly.”