Here’s Why California Is Trying To Ban Those Tiny Hotel Toiletries

It may come as no surprise that the push to eliminate single-use plastics has taken hold in California. Hotels in the state may soon need to conform to stricter environmental rules regarding plastic waste.

Assembly Bill 116 has just passed the Natural Resources Committee in California. It would require hotels, motels, resorts, and vacation rental spots to do away with those tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner and replace them with 12-ounce bulk dispensers.

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It’s a move to help cut down on the amount of plastic waste generated by guests and it mirrors changes already announced by national hotel chains such as Marriott, which plans to switch to bulk dispensers in 450 of its properties.

If you’re mourning the loss of those travel-sized containers, don’t despair. It’s easy and cheap to pick up refillable containers that you can fill with your own preferred products without violating TSA liquid regulations. Plus, this new shift means you don’t have to ration the shampoo in those fairy-size bottles.