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Top Hotel Chains Look to Ditch Plastic Bottles

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Some of the world’s largest resort companies are starting to phase out their use of plastic bottles and other single-use containers. Plastic Planet Last month Marriott, the world’s largest resort chain, and the InterContinental Hotels Group, which owns the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza chains, both announced they would stop using plastic bottles by December 2020 and 2021, respectively. The companies plan to replace single serving shampoo, conditioner and bath gel bottles with larger pump bottles, which are easier to recycle. Last year Disney announced it would phase out small plastic shampoo bottles at both its resorts and cruise ships. Marriott said its goal is to prevent 1.7 million pounds of plastic from hitting landfills, a 30% annual reduction. Bottle It Up Reuters recently unveiled a visualization project titled "Drowning in plastic” that demonstrates just how much plastic we really use. The project points out that 1.3 billion plastic bottles are sold every day, which is half the size of the Eiffel Tower. In a month, it adds up to a mountain-sized 40 billion bottles. Plastic bottles, not to mention 91% of all plastic, is often not recycled, ending up in landfills or as litter, waiting around 400 years or so to degrade. The increased concern about our plastic addiction has led investors and analysts to view plastic as unwise investment, as shareholders are increasingly raising concerns about plastic waste during investor calls, which in part prompted Coca-Cola to launch the World Without Waste initiative, in which it pledges to recycle a bottle or can for each one it sells by 2030. Next Question At last night’s CNN forum on Climate Change, Presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren was asked about her support for banning plastic straws. She was quick to call out the question, and stressed the need to focus beyond consumer choice and Republican talking points to tackle the biggest contributors to climate change, stating that “70 percent of the pollution... comes from three industries,” meaning “the building industry, the electric power industry and the oil industry.” She then promised to rein in the fossil fuel industry if elected. -Michael Tedder Photo by Adobe {MAR, IHG, NASDAQ}