I’ve been traveling some this year, and have started noticing more soap and shampoo dispensers in hotel room bathrooms. The explanation is that individual bottles of these items create environmental waste and an unjustified expense for hotels. I agree, but it still surprises me each time I see them.
MSNBC recently wrote about the new trend in their article “Hotels dispensing with bathroom clutter“:
Pat Maher, the green consultant for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, predicts amenities dispensers will be the norm within five years. “Right now, half a million of those little shampoo bottles end up in landfills every day. Hotels that say they’re eco-friendly establishments and doing all those things they do with the greening of their hotels … will start getting complaints if people stay at their hotels and they don’t have soap dispensers.”
Collecting (or, should I say hoarding) these small bottles after a stay in a hotel is common for a lot of people. They’re FREE! But I’ve worked with numerous clients who have enormous stashes of these supplies and know that they can easily become clutter if they’re just put into linen closet storage never again to see the light of day.
If you have a large collection of hotel shampoos, conditioners, and lotions, I suggest you stop buying these supplies for awhile and use up what you have. Save some pennies and see how long you can survive on products you already have!
What do you think of this new trend in hotel amenities? It’s different, but I think I like it. Share your thoughts in the comments.