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Illinois could be next US state to ban single-use toiletries in hotels

Proposed ban on bathroom miniatures follows similar legislation in California, New York and Washington

Illinois could become the latest US state to blacklist bathroom miniatures after the State Senate passed a bill which would ban hotels from stocking single-use bottles of lotion, shampoo and other toiletries.

Introduced in January, the bill known as SB 2960 would prohibit hotels from providing small single-use plastic bottles containing personal care products.

The legislation would go into effect for hotels with 50 rooms or more on July 1, 2025, while hotels with less than 50 rooms would need to adhere to the new rules by January 1, 2026.

The bill will now proceed to the Illinois House of Representatives.  

California became the first US state to crack down on single-use hotel toiletry bottles, introducing a similar bill last year. 

New York has also passed a ban on single-use hotel toiletry bottles, which went into effect at the beginning of the year for hotels with 50 rooms or more and will impact hotels with less than 50 rooms from January 1, 2025. 

In 2023, Washington State passed a measure requiring hotels with 50 rooms or more to phase out single-use toiletry bottles by January 1, 2027.

Properties with under 50 rooms have until January 1, 2028 to comply.

The bill follows a number of US hotels making sustainability a key part of their identity in recent years.

This September, Populus – which bills itself as the USA’s first ‘carbon-positive’ hotel – will open in Denver, Colorado.

Last year, Marriott opened sustainability-themed hotel The Steward in Santa Barbara, California under its Tribute Portfolio brand. 

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