California banishes plastic toiletries in hotels

California banishes plastic toiletries in hotels


California will soon ban hotels from offering their customers disposable plastic toiletries.

Effective January 1, 2023, it will be illegal to offer small bottles of shampoo, lotion or other disposable plastic toiletries to customers in hotels with more than 50 rooms in California. Smaller institutions will also be involved the following year. These are the outlines of a new bill promulgated by Gavin Newsom, current Governor of the State.

In case of non-compliance with this law, those responsible must pay a fine of 500 dollars (about 450 euros) for the first offense and 2,000 dollars (about 1,800 euros) for the following offenses.

Several concrete actions
The players in the hotel sector, major consumers of plastic, will have to change their strategy. Some brands have already taken the plunge, like the Marriott International chain. The hotel group has indeed announced a few months ago its intention to replace plastic toilets by pump bottles.

We believe that it is important to constantly find ways to reduce the environmental impact of our hotels. That’s a big priority for us, said Arne Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International. Our customers expect changes that will create a significant difference for the environment without sacrificing the quality service and experience they expect from our hotels.

Note that Hilton hotels have also taken the initiative to ban soon 650 plastic straws from their establishments. The Walt Disney Company, for its part, has announced plans to switch to reusable equipment in its hotel rooms and other cruise ships.

In Europe, from 2021
This new law concerns the State of California here, but remember that last March the European Parliament ratified the cessation of the marketing of plastic products for single use in the European Union from 2021. The hotels of the Old Continent So they, too, have to take the plunge.

Thus, very concrete actions are really starting to be put in place. Because time is running out. Every minute, the equivalent of a plastic garbage truck would be dumped into the ocean, according to Greenpeace.

For its part, The Ocean Cleanup project has just passed its last full-scale test. This three-meter-deep net hooked onto a 600-meter long U-shaped pipe will soon aim to retain as much waste as possible in the “”large garbage zone of the Pacific””. Ships will then be responsible for recovering them so that they can be processed and recycled.