IHG, Unilever join forces to end single-use toiletries

IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) and Unilever are collaborating to replace bathroom miniatures with bulk amenities in over 4,000 hotels globally.

As the first global hotel company to commit to all of its hotel brands removing bathroom miniatures in favour of larger-size amenities in 2019, the move is a key step in IHG’s pledge to eliminate single-use items throughout the guest stay by 2030, and part of its 10-year Journey to Tomorrow responsible business plan.

Unilever will supply full-size toiletries to IHG Essentials and Suites Collection hotels

Unilever’s largest brand, Dove, will supply full-size hand wash, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion to IHG Essentials and Suites Collection hotels, including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, avid hotels, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.

The roll out of full-size Unilever products across IHG’s mainstream brands, which accounts for around 80 per cent of IHG’s portfolio, follows the recent launch of larger-size bathroom amenities into InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties.

Yasmin Diamond, executive vice president, global corporate affairs, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “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.

“We’ll continue to find innovative solutions for operating more sustainably to deliver our purpose of True Hospitality for Good.”

Umesh Shah, CEO Unilever International, added: “Unilever is committed to making sustainable living commonplace, and we have ambitious targets across every part of our business. Through this collaboration, IHG’s guests will enjoy a range of products from Dove during their stay, while reducing their use of plastic.”

The group is also working to eliminate single-use items, minimise food waste and adopt circular solutions for major hotel commodity items by 2030.

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