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Brief Published: 1 Nov 2019

California Bans Mini Plastic Toiletry Bottles in Hotels

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California ban's hotel miniatures

Miniature single-use plastic shampoo and shower gel bottles are about to disappear from all hotel rooms in California, following a recent ban passed by the state’s governing body.

The ban will come into effect for small hotels in 2024, and hotels with more than 50 rooms in 2023. It means that any establishment found to be providing miniature plastic toiletry bottles to guests will face a first-offence $500 fine, and upwards of $2,000 for any subsequent violations.

The new ruling follows announcements earlier this year from international hotel chain Marriott, which will cease using small plastic bottles in its hotel rooms by 2020; and British multinational InterContinental Hotels, which will eliminate 200 million miniature bottles from its rooms by 2021. 

This is the latest in a series of sustainability initiatives enacted by global government organisations to reduce the eco-impact of the tourism industry, as covered in Ethical Travel’s Mainstream Breakthrough and Ethical Travel Trends: Skift Global Forum 2019.

For more on how the wider hospitality industry is responding to consumer demand for planet-friendly travel, see Look Ahead 2020: Travel & Hospitality, Edible Airline Tableware Eliminates Plastic Waste and Exploring Eco Tourism.

See Packaging Futures 2019/20 for wider developments across the packaging industry, with specific focus on sustainability, convenience and consumer engagement.

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