Aug 29, 2019

Marriott will replace mini toiletries in its hotels by 2020

Marriott is phasing out miniature plastic toiletry bottles in an effort to be more eco-friendly. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Marriott International, the world's largest hotel chain, will replace those little plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel with larger bottles (for its luxury chains), or wall-mounted dispensers (for lower-priced brands), in hotels worldwide by the end of 2020, AP reports.

Why it matters: Marriott, which has more than 7,000 hotels under 30 brands, will eliminate 500 million small bottles a year, or 1.7 million pounds of plastic.

  • Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson said it took a lot of work to design tamper-resistant large bottles, and his pricier hotels need bottles that still feel luxurious.

The big picture: The move follows a similar announcement last month by IHG (Holiday Inn, Kimpton), which will eliminate 200 million tiny bottles each year by 2021.

  • Hyatt says it's been testing amenity dispensers for the last year.

Go deeper: Axios' Deep Dive on the global plastics problem

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Why it matters: Snapchat is taking action on the president's account for comments he made elsewhere. That's going farther than other big tech firms and signals a commitment to aligning content served to users with core values, rather than making moderation decisions based narrowly on each post made on its own platform.

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Why it matters: President Trump threatened this week to deploy military forces if state and local governments aren't able to squash violent protests. Axios reported on Wednesday that Trump is backing off the idea for now, but that he hasn't ruled it out.

Chinese coronavirus test maker agreed to build a Xinjiang gene bank

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