Exterior view of the Mariott Hotel in Central Copenhagen

A massive movement is taking place across the world as hotels seek to reduce their plastic use and improve sustainability. Hotel and motel chains small and large have ditched the longtime practice of providing plastic toiletries of shampoo and soap. 

In July, it was announced that the owner of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels will remove toiletries from its 843,000 rooms by 2021. Hyatt Hotels has also been working to replace plastic toiletries. Recent news, however, trumps what these groups have planned in terms of scope, reports the Associated Press.

The world’s largest hotel chain, Marriott International, will eliminate shampoo, conditioner and bath gel toiletries from its rooms worldwide by the end of 2020. Instead of plastic bottles, Marriott will provide guest rooms with larger bottles or wall-mounted dispensers, depending on the brand of hotel.

With brands including SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, Sheraton and Ritz-Carlton, Marriott has more than 7,000 hotels in 131 countries.

The company expects the changes it is putting in place will eliminate 1.7 million pounds of plastic each year.

Marriott determined it wanted to ditch small plastic bottles years ago, but has had to spend time designing larger bottles or dispensers that are tamper-proof.