Those tiny, single-use toiletry bottles from hotels may soon be making their final trip to landfill.
These non-reusable hotel cosmetics are finally in the firing line as the trend to ban single-use plastic gathers momentum in cities around the world.
As international hotel chains search for ways to phase them out, reduced impact products like Ecofill – a refillable and traceable eco-friendly dispenser – are hoping to fill the space left on the bathroom sink.
Ecofill is the first refillable cosmetics dispenser on the market that is 100 per cent traceable, says its maker Groupe GM, which is a global amenities supplier.
The move comes against a backdrop that sees plastic toiletries under 12 ounces (340 grams) becoming illegal in 2023 in California and by 2024 in New York, although smaller hotels will be given a year longer in each to adapt to the change.
Most hotel bottles, in contrast, weigh between 1 and 2 ounces (30-60 grams).
Multinational hotel chains are also on the case. The Marriott International, which has admitted to sending 500 million of the tiny bottles to landfill annually, has replaced them with larger, pump-topped bottles at hundreds of its hotels, with other chains, such as the Intercontinental, making similar commitments.
With Ecofill, each 400 ml pouch, containing body wash, shampoo, conditioner or other product, uses 8g of plastic, compared to the original bottles, each of which use 8g of plastic, saving 33 bottles or 264g of plastic.
The Ecofill dispenser also has an aesthetic design to reflect the image of its clients, according to Groupe GM, and its designs can be customised in line with their brand identity.
. . . a clean, safe, fast and easy solution with an environmental impact that is close to zero
Groupe GM president
Wall brackets made of stainless steel or ABS plastic are used to attach the dispenser to the wall, using two screws or double-sided tape. The pouches are recyclable and have a capacity of 400 ml.
“This dispenser is not just eco-friendly, refillable, reusable and traceable, it is also a clean, safe, fast and easy solution with an environmental impact that is close to zero,” Groupe GM president Laurent Marchand says.
“Each 400 ml sealed pouch contains just 8g of recyclable plastic packaging and guarantees full formula traceability. The design is both aesthetic and ensures ease of use.”
The Ecofill dispenser is made from either recycled and recyclable plastic with a translucent matt finish, or from recyclable transparent polycarbonate that can be coloured. In response to market demands, Groupe GM is also looking at the feasibility of a structure made from glass and aluminum.
The company has produced two videos, one to demonstrate to install Ecofill, and another to show how to clean an Ecofill dispenser.