You won’t get free shampoo and conditioner at EU hotels anymore after new ban

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    One way that many Brits try to get their money's worth at hotels is by nabbing all the freebies that come with the rooms.

    Tiny shampoos, conditioners and even body wash all inhabit a drawer somewhere in our houses.

    Unless, of course, you’re one of the holidaymakers who refuses to bring their own toiletries in favour of the free ones at your chosen resort.

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    After all, making sure you only pack 100ml of each can be tricky – though you won't have to follow the liquids rule after 2024.

    Sadly, this hidden toiletry perk is about to vanish from EU hotels…

    The European Commission is slapping a ban on their use as part of new EU-wide rules on packaging and waste, reports the Mirror.

    That means every time you stay in a hotel within one of the EU member states, they'll either have to provide you with a large bottle, or you'll have to source your own cosmetics.

    The proposal is part of a wider plan to make sustainable products a standard offering, which also includes making all packaging recyclable by 2030. It aims to cut down on the amount of waste produced by EU citizens each year.

    Packaging deemed 'unnecessary' will be banned such as single-use packaging for food and drink. miniature shampoo bottles and other miniature packaging in hotels.

    The proposal is currently being considered by the European Parliament and the Council. As the UK is no longer in the EU, British hotels will not be required to follow any of the new laws.

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    "Packaging is one of the main users of virgin materials as 40% of plastics and 50% of paper used in the EU is destined for packaging," a report from the Commission states.

    "Without action, the EU would see a further 19% increase in packaging waste by 2030, and for plastic packaging waste even a 46% increase."

    "The new rules aim to stop this trend. For consumers, they will ensure reusable packaging options, get rid of unnecessary packaging, limit overpackaging, and provide clear labels to support correct recycling.

    "For the industry, they will create new business opportunities, especially for smaller companies, decrease the need for virgin materials, boosting Europe's recycling capacity as well as making Europe less dependent on primary resources and external suppliers.

    "They will put the packaging sector on track for climate neutrality by 2050."


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