California Bans Single Use Hotel Toiletries


California’s governor signed a bill on Wednesday that prohibits single-use toiletries from hotels greater than 50 rooms starting in 2023.

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Hotel chains have already moved to this direction globally, and you can expect to see these bottles in a few years at most hotels.

Here’s an excerpt from Sacramento Bee (access their piece here):

California hotels with more than 50 rooms will be banned from dispensing plastic bottles of soap, shampoo or conditioner beginning in 2023 under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The ban applies to all hotels, regardless of size, in 2024.

Violators could be fined $500 for a first offense and $2,000 for subsequent violations.

Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, who sponsored the bill, said it law will force hotels to explore more sustainable alternatives and curb plastic consumption.

“Single-use products like those tiny plastic bottles commonly provided in hotels rooms represent a sizable amount of waste that can be easily eliminated through more cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternatives,” Kalra said in prepared remarks.


I was first, when these pump bottles were introduced, against the idea, but my personal view has evolved over the years, and no longer oppose them.

The main issue I have with these bottles is that they rarely dispose of enough material, but you need to keep pumping them sometimes 20 or so times.

Some guests feel uncomfortable using essentially public toiletries that are not foolproof, and you can never know for sure what you may find inside.