Choose soap, not single-use plastic: Tips for hotels

Hotel guide

Before the pandemic, momentum for going plastic-free was building among tourism businesses, with refill stations, non-plastic takeaway packaging and supplier ‘take back’ schemes, among many more. 

Covid-19 has changed the game, but a look at the science shows that hygiene, not a return to single-use items, is the best way forward. It is the only way to stop the pandemic leading to a plastic pollution crisis.

New quick guide to cutting pandemic-related single use plastic

To help hotels find ways forward that do not involved resorting to single-use plastic, while still keeping customers safe, we have created a simple guide with information and guidance.


We want to make it easy for hotels to continue to serve customers, meeting Covid-19 safety guidelines without having to roll back environmental policies. This also makes economic sense, avoiding the need to buy supplies of plastic that will only be thrown away.

Our tips guide will also be expanded into a more comprehensive report on how hotels can navigate the situation and cut plastic at the same time, more details coming soon.

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“Single-use plastic is not inherently safer than reusables, and causes additional public health concerns once it is discarded”

[Statement from 119 scientists in 18 countries]

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