The Beaumont in London's Mayfair district has announced a new initiative to be 95 percent plastic-free with its guest body and haircare products. Developed in collaboration with D. R. Harris, London’s oldest pharmacy and purveyor of grooming and skincare lines, and La Bottega, a leading supplier of branded bath and body products to luxury hotels, The Beaumont will introduce an innovative collection of D. R. Harris toiletries, as bars and in aluminum packaging.
The line will comprise a solid 45-gram shampoo bar and a solid 45-gram body wash bar, as well as a body cream and a hair conditioner in fully recycled and recyclable aluminum tubes, and a 70-gram soap, all lightly scented with rose geranium. These products will be air travel-friendly, last longer due to their concentrated formulations, reduce water waste and eliminate plastic packaging, while giving guests a pleasurable bath time experience and a memento to take home.
The first hotel to provide the D. R. Harris line to guests when it opened in September 2014, The Beaumont, at only 73 rooms, currently uses almost 32,000 single-use plastic bottles of shampoo, shower gel, hair conditioner and body lotion per year. Although the environmental impact is significantly reduced by the hotel’s partnership with the charity CleanConscience, the plastic bottles are unable to be recycled in the UK. With the introduction of the new line, the number of plastic bottles used will be reduced to zero. And any left-over toiletries, plus all the packaging, can be repurposed and recycled.
“It is no longer acceptable for the hotel industry to continue to pollute the world with all this single-use plastic in the name of luxury,” said Jannes Soerensen, The Beaumont’s general manager, in an official release. “To us, luxury means enabling our guests to live more sustainably, without compromising on quality or the guest experience.”