Mini hotel toiletries could soon become a thing of the past

Apr 18, 2019
The days of free mini toiletries could be over. Source: Getty

We love our little luxuries when we go on holiday. One of the greatest things about staying in a fancy hotel is having the opportunity to pamper yourself and relax a little.

And one of those treats has got to be the little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, face wash and – if you’re really lucky – moisturiser left in the hotel room.

But tiny freebies could soon become a thing of the past, especially if you’re visiting the United States anytime soon.

Members of California’s state assembly are proposing to ban hotels and resorts from providing single-use plastic bottles to their guests, in an effort to reduce plastic waste, according to Fox News. A suggested alternative would be to offer bulk dispensers instead.

“We know we have an enormous problem with our world, we’ve become addicted to [plastic] and it’s caused a major dilemma environmentally,” American politician Ash Kalra told Fox News.

Under the proposed legislation, lodging sites across the state will be penalised if they fail to cooperate. Penalties would include a warning, and then a fine of US$500 (AU$690).

If passed, the proposed bill would go into effect in 2023 in California.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think this is a good idea? Or is it going too far?


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