Last month I wrote that I am not a fan of hotel toiletries coming out of wall mounted dispensers in the shower. They aren’t as clean and they don’t always get refilled. And of course you can’t take the toiletries with you!
I suppose for me they remind me of he motel off the freeway where my high school debate team used to stay in Bakersfield, California for out of town debate tournaments. The place had dispensers labeled “EuroBath” as thought that was supposed to make it feel exclusive.
I stayed at the same Marriott Courtyard two weeks in a row last month and was assigned the same room both times. My bath gel was empty throughout my first stay, and it was still empty a week later.
So you can imagine my joy at Marriott’s announcement today that the 450 North American hotels they manage will adopt this. There doesn’t appear to be any exemption for luxury brands.
Moving to refillable wall dispensers saves $1000 to $2000 per hotel, but is pitched as better for the environment “sav[ing] an average of 250 lbs. of plastic per year for a 140-room hotel—approximately 23,000 plastic bottles.” Although this doesn’t factor the extra cleaning that should be done on the dispensers themselves, if that ever happens.
Marriott reports their supplier Paul Mitchell — less desirable than THANN toiletries in my opinion — developed a bottle “with a window” so housekeeping can see when bottles need to be filled.
Here’s what we give up.
Here’s a National Institutes of Health study on bacterial contamination of bulk-soap-refillable dispensers.
Next they’ll promote reusing forks and spoons in the hotel restaurant and room service to protect the environment and reduce dishwasher detergent and energy consumption.