Earlier this year, Disney Cruise Line fans were melting down at the replacement of travel-sized shampoo/conditioner bottles with wall-mounted bulk dispensers in the bathrooms. Now, Hyatt fans are doing the same. What’s the deal?
Green or Cost Cutting?
Hotels and cruise lines tout this change as good for the environment. And sure, it is good for the environment not to have thousands of small plastic bottles thrown away every year.
But let’s be real. Cost is definitely a factor. Just like cost is a factor in suggesting that guests skip housekeeping and re-use towels. Those things help the bottom line, and yet they are also better for the environment.
Why I’m Ok With Changes
I get that people like to collect these small bottles and take them home for future use. I’ve done it before, and it reminds me of my trips. Those bottles are my emergency stash for when I run out of shampoo in between shopping trips. But, they’re not necessary.
People say that these new dispensers are unsanitary, and they can be tampered with. I say that everything in the room can be unsanitary if the room isn’t cleaned. Is the cleaning staff going to clean everything in the room except the outsides of these dispensers? Couldn’t a nefarious evil-doer tamper with the individual-sized bottles as well?
If you really think the bulk bottles are disgusting, unsanitary or counterfeit, just bring your own supplies. Hit up the travel-size section in Wal-mart, buy an empty travel bottle and fill it with your favorite shampoo from home. Voila!
I try to do what I can to be environmentally friendly, but I’m far from perfect. Just the fact that I fly frequently and go on cruises is very much not environmentally friendly. But, I can do my part to help in other ways, like using bulk shampoo in hotels, recycling, using public transportation and walking instead of driving.
When I’m older, I picture having this conversation with my grandkids: “When I was your age, hotels used to give us teeny tiny bottles of shampoo that people liked to save and take home. We also used to throw our towels on the floor every day and get new ones.” Grandkids: “What??!?! Why?!?!”
Bigger Fish to Fry
I can’t get on board with complaining about the switch to bulk toiletries in hotels. I’d rather complain about bigger issues like hotels not making rooms available on points, hotels changing point value with no notice and annual point chart devaluations.
Readers, are these changes to bathroom toiletries a big deal for you?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.