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Marriott, The World’s Largest Hotel Chain, Is Banning The Use Of Plastic Toiletries

There has been a consistent rise in awareness when it comes to plastic waste in the last few years with conglomerates in hospitality, fashion, and beauty implementing changes in their plastic consumption to address the global concern.

Recently, the world’s largest hotel chain, Marriott, announced that they would stop providing toiletries in single-use plastic containers in a bid to reduce the waste created by the bottles. The brand will implement this worldwide starting in December 2020 and will replace small plastic bottles with reusable dispensers, or with larger plastic ones that are easier to recycle.

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Marriott has over 7000 properties across the globe, which also includes brands such as Sheraton, Westin, and Ritz Carlton, and estimates that this move could eliminate 1.7 million pounds of plastic from ending up in landfills each year. 

This is the company's second initiative aimed towards reducing single-use plastic. Last year the hotel chain banned the use of plastic straws and stirrers to pay heed to the environmental impact the hotel causes.

Today, conscious customers favour sustainable and eco-friendly properties that create a meaningful difference to the environment, but without compromising on quality and experience. Hotel chains such as Soneva Resorts in Thailand and the Maldives have banned the use of plastic altogether to create completely sustainable properties.

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This news comes after IHG, which owns brands such as Holiday Inn, announced that they will eliminate about 200 million bottles each year by 2021. Last year, Walt Disney Co. also declared that they would replace plastic shampoo bottles at its resorts and on its cruises. 

Plastic waste is said to take more than 400 years to decompose, and an estimated 8.8 million tons of plastic are dumped into oceans each year. Plastic pollution has become a global crisis, and every step in the right direction will go a long way. 

Want to do your bit? Take a look at these articles that'll introduce you to sustainable products in fashion, beauty, as well as home decor. And they're gorgeous!

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