It’s common practice for hotels to offer their guests complimentary shampoo and conditioner bottles, but all too often these end up in landfill.
Hotels throw these small bottles in the bin even if they’re only half used, and according to NBC ‘half a million little shampoo bottles end up in landfills every day.’ – That’s an astonishing 182,500,000 bottles per year!
Around 80% of the contents of a shampoo bottle is water, since we use shampoo in a stream of running water dehydrating the product in the factory and wetting it whilst in the shower could save us an awesome amount of water as well as plastic packaging.
Presuming that a hotel bottle of shampoo is around 30ml we could save around 4,380,000 litres of water in the production of shampoo for hotels alone.
A dehydrated shampoo could be compressed into a powdered ball form; these can be packaged in the same kind of cardboard box that washing detergent comes in. Packaging in cardboard boxes instead of irregular plastic bottles also makes transport much easier, as well as transporting 80% less bulk per wash the product would even tessellate better inside vans and lorries saving on fuel. Once in the hotel the consumer would receive the same high quality product and the hotel can dispense in a personal format, choosing dispensers to fit with their image.
This idea changes how the shampoo is delivered to the user, no longer a liquid it is easier to set in a ‘portion’ and through using refillable dispensers the hotel is no longer required to dispose of the shampoo when clearing the room out.