Marriott is moving to bulk toiletries worldwide, eliminating single use plastics, to save money and virtue signal on the environment.
It’s much like their effort to cut housekeeping costs by getting guests to decline servicing their room in exchange for points – a benefit that Marriott cut back on after acquiring Starwood. They call it Make a Green Choice, and housekeepers are furious over it.
In a cross between the two strategies, the Sheraton Taipei is offering a coupon worth about $3.28 at CVS in exchange for your returning unused single use personal amenities.
Each room will get one NT$100 CVS coupon as long as tenant returns Disposable toiletries (toothpast, toothbrush, razor, shampoo, shower gel, lotion, soap, shower cap, comb) to the front desk at first floor on their own initiative.
This carries with it many of the same concerns I have about bulk toiletries and contamination. Will guests use their shampoo and then dilute it with water to make it look full in order to obtain the coupon?
(HT: Reid F.)