Seattle Hotel Association Announces “Sustainable Shower” Initiative.
Hotel association representing more than 16,000 rooms outlines goal
to eliminate single-use plastic containers in guest room showers.
Initiative supported by Seattle Public Utilities and Earth Day Northwest 2020
Seattle, WA—In an effort to start a new decade with a clear statement and action toward sustainable practices, the Seattle Hotel Association has announced a goal to replace single-use shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel containers with larger-format dispensers in hotel guest room showers. The move follows a hotel industry commitment toward sustainability. The Seattle Hotel Association represents 80 member hotels comprising more than 16,000 guestrooms and millions of guests annually.
Approximately a quarter of the Seattle Hotel Association (SHA) member hotels have already completed the conversion to large bulk dispensers of shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel, with most properties anticipating a full conversation to larger-format dispensers by the end of 2021.
The commitment comes as hotels continue to take innovative steps to create environmentally friendly hotels and guest rooms both locally and nationally. Many Seattle hotels have already made proactive efforts to phase out single-use plastic containers in guest room showers. SHA estimates this new initiative could keep hundreds of thousands of single-use plastic containers out of landfills.
“The Seattle hospitality industry can be a leader in setting sustainable practices, so we’re excited to begin moving away from single-use plastics for shampoo, conditioner and shower gel,” said SHA President Sean O’Rourke, General Manager, Seattle Marriott Waterfront. “It’s high time for all of us to take the next step in helping protect our planet. We believe our guests and associates appreciate these waste-reducing efforts and every change sends a powerful message of how every individual can do their part to support sustainability.”
“I’m thrilled that the Seattle Hotel Association and its member hotels are proactively phasing out single-use plastic shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel containers in favor of bulk dispensers. This sets the standard for the industry, and I hope national organizations and businesses will follow suit,” said Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold.
“Seattle Public Utilities is extremely supportive of the Seattle Hotel Association’s Sustainable Shower Initiative to reduce single use plastics, as sustainability is a top priority for the City,” said Mami Hara, General Manager of Seattle Public Utilities. “We believe in leading with waste prevention, so we applaud the proactive effort of Seattle’s hotel community to move toward more sustainable solutions.”
The commitment reflects a new partnership by the Seattle Hotel Association with Earth Day Northwest 2020 as Seattle prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. “This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Working with partners across the region, we have the opportunity to maximize the impact of Earth Day in Seattle, the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest and help make this place more sustainable as a consequence,” said Earth Day NW 2020 Chair Gene Duvernoy. “We welcome the Seattle Hotel Association and its members joining us in this critically important effort for our region.”
The “Sustainable Shower” initiative is the latest of many initiatives by Seattle hotels and the national hotel industry to demonstrate leadership and encourage efficiency and waste reduction. From multi-day bath towel and bedding offerings for guests to energy-efficient LEED-certified buildings, the local hotel industry is setting the example that green practices are not only preferred, they make good business sense.