Listen Now: California Considers Ban On Hotel Amenities Under Newsom
You might need to pack your shampoo on your next trip to California.
A bill on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk would ban hotels and motels from giving guests small plastic bottles of complimentary amenities. That includes items such as shampoo, conditioner and lotion. And the ban would also include resorts and bed and breakfasts.
The hope here is to limit how much plastic we use and how much plastic is thrown out by hotel guests. Besides guests bringing their own toiletries another option is for hotels to install the larger dispensers, which can be used by multiple people.
California state officials say the bill is based on a similar one recently passed in the small coastal city of Santa Cruz. They say the amount of plastic produced and thrown out is growing and not enough people are recycling.
This leads to things such as the pacific garbage patch which is a pile of mostly plastic floating in the ocean. A pile that is twice the size of the state of Texas.
Time to stock up on travel sized amenities, maybe even some reusable ones.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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