SEOUL, April 1 (Korea Bizwire) — As part of efforts to regulate the use of one-off disposable items, the South Korean government has decided to ban all accommodations with more than 50 rooms from providing single-use amenities, effective from next year.
Against this backdrop, the nation’s hotel industry is speeding up efforts to prepare for these changes.
Lotte City Hotel and L7 Hotel, the business hotel brands run by Hotel Lotte Co., have developed customized 300-milliliter shampoo containers to replace single-use shampoo bottles.
They plan to replace small single-use soap with liquid-type soap and put shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion in a large multi-use container.
Five-star hotels are faced with a far more complicated situation, as their amenities are often regarded as one of the main factors affecting consumer demand.
Nonetheless, they now have to use large-capacity reusable containers that may have to be shared among customers.
Accordingly, such hotels are exploring various ways to tide over the situation by furnishing luxurious large-capacity containers or negotiating with high-end shampoo brands to procure large-capacity products.
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