The days of European hotels providing their guests with miniature shampoo bottles, body lotions and shower gel could soon be coming to an end.
The European Commission is slapping a ban on their use as part of new EU-wide rules on packaging and waste.
The European Commission has proposed an EU-wide ban on miniature toiletry bottles commonly found in hotel bathrooms.
Part of the European Green Deal’s Circular Economy Action Plan, which focuses on single-use plastic, the European Commissions says it wants to “make sustainable products the norm.”
The plan also aims to reduce packaging waste “by 15 per cent by 2040 per Member State per capita, compared to 2018.”
In order to achieve this, certain packaging will be banned – for example single-use packaging for food and beverages when consumed inside restaurants and cafes, single-use packaging for fruits and vegetables, miniature shampoo bottles and other miniature packaging in hotels.
The Commission estimates each European person creates approximately 180kg of packaging waste per year. Based on this statistic, forecasted figures suggest there would be a further 19 per cent increase in packaging waste by 2030 if no changes were made, and a 46 per cent increase in plastic packaging specifically.
The proposal on packaging and packaging waste will now be considered by the European Parliament and the Council, in the ordinary legislative procedure.