Do those hotel-supplied soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and body lotions frequently make their way into your cabin bag and then magically appear in your bathroom on your return home?
You’re not alone – a recent study of over 1,000 hotel guests in the USA reveals that three quarters of travellers nick the mini toiletries when they depart, while more than half of globetrotters open and try every single bathroom amenity that’s available during their stay.
Commissioned by Hilton Worldwide, the chain has declared that “hotel guests can officially stop feeling guilty for taking the last of the mini toiletries from their guest rooms - actually, everyone's doing it”.
But once the goods have left the hotel, they’re not merely being used up in favour of travellers’ regular kit – one in five plan ahead and set the merchandise aside for overnight guests to use in their own home.
That’s certainly not a bad idea, although 10% of those surveyed confessed to giving the free hotel amenities away as bona fide presents to friends and loved ones.
Who takes what?
In an industry where presentation is paramount, more than half of business travellers have used hotel toiletries to clean their shoes before a meeting or event – with 55% of men also slipping the body lotion into their pocket on the way out.
As if the entire contents of the bathroom shelf weren’t enough, millennials are significantly more likely to raid the hotel maid’s cart for extra ‘souvenirs’ than those aged 55 and above, with the odds of a walk-by at 31% and 13%, respectively.
If you’re not the type to take things with you, the chain has thought of that too.
"Our comprehensive soap and amenity recycling programming has allowed us to repurpose soap from our hotels and convert them into new bars," said Jennifer Silberman, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Hilton Worldwide.
"To date, we have recycled nearly 600,000 pounds of soap (272 metric tonnes), converting them into more than one million new bars - a win-win for our waste reduction efforts and communities in need."
But if those toiletries do make their way into your own bathroom, know that you’re not the first – and certainly won’t be the last – to leave the hotel with a heavier bag.
Also read: What happens to used soap in your hotel?
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