IHG switching to bulk-size bathroom amenities to reduce waste


Dedicated to preserving the environment, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) recently announced that its entire portfolio, comprising almost 843,000 keys, will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities.

This game-changing transition, which is expected to be completed during 2021, makes the hotel giant the very first global hospitality company to commit all brands to removing bathroom miniatures.

CEO, IHG, Keith Barr declared: “It’s more important than ever that companies challenge themselves to operate responsibly – we know it’s what our guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers rightly expect. Switching to larger-size amenities across more than 5,600 hotels around the world is a big step in the right direction and will allow us to significantly reduce our waste footprint and environmental impact as we make the change.”


Barr continued: “We’ve already made great strides in this area, with almost a third of our estate already adopting the change and we’re proud to lead our industry by making this a brand standard for every single IHG hotel. We’re passionate about sustainability and we’ll continue to explore ways to make a positive difference to the environment and our local communities.”

Putting this in perspective, IHG has an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures in use across its entire hotel portfolio every year. Following this new initiative, the company anticipates a significant reduction in plastic waste.

This news builds on IHG’s pledge to remove plastic straws from its hotels by the end of 2019 and a number of broader waste reduction initiatives that are already in motion.