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Dispensers, Are they really environmentally friendly?

Dispensers, Are they really environmentally friendly?

Guest room dispensers

The big debate: Refillable bottles, or replacement cartridges for in room dispensers?…and while we are at it, let’s do a cost comparison.


First, let’s look at the facts.

 Dispensers are becoming much more common in hotel rooms. Why? A couple of reasons.

  1. They appear to be environmentally friendly
  2. They are less expensive than the miniature bottles

 Let’s dive in

The reasoning behind the perception of guest dispensers being environmentally friendly is that there is less plastic that makes it into the landfill. 

 Case Study:

Subject: 100 Room Hotel

Occupancy: 70%

Sold rooms per year: 25,000

 Dispenser A:

Comes with refillable bottles from bulk 5 litre plastic containers.

These plastic containers (empty) weigh approximately 150 grams , which a hotel will go through approximately 1.5 containers per room, per product, per year.

Subject Hotel goes through: Shampoo: 100 Shampoo, 180 Bodywash, 90 Conditioner

Total: 370 Containers = 55,000 grams of plastic (121 lbs)

Annual cost: $12,950


Dispenser B:

Comes with replaceable cartridges (450 ml)

These plastic cartridges (empty) weigh approximately 150 grams, which a hotel will go through

approximately 11 containers per room, per product, per year.

Subject Hotel goes through: Shampoo: 1,100, 1,550 bodywash, 800 Conditioner

Total: 3,450 containers = 517,500 grams of plastic (1,140 lbs )

Annual cost: $17,250


Amenity Bottles comparison

Bottles weigh (empty) approximately 6 grams , which a hotel will go through a usage factor per sold room of between 35-60%

Subject hotel goes through: Shampoo: 15,000, Conditioner 12,000. In this scenario, there is no plastic used for the bar soap, however for cost comparison, usage on soap would be 18,000

Total bottles and soap used: 45,000 (shampoo and conditioner 25,000) = 150,000 grams of plastic (330 lbs)

Annual cost: $14,400


 Based on the annual cost, it’s apparent that going with dispensers is not necessarily going to save money for the hotel. Especially if the hotel goes with the dispenser that has replaceable cartridges.

 But, it’s more about the environmental impact…right?

 So, here are the comparisons 

  1. Dispenser A: Refillable cartridges plastic disposal: 121 lbs
  2. Amenity bottles: plastic disposal 330 lbs
  3. Dispenser B: plastic disposal: 1,140 lbs

 Well, that pretty much sums it up.

Choose wisely my friends :)




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ESA Wheat Grass Guest Amenities by Custom Amenities Inc

ESA Wheat Grass Guest Amenities by Custom Amenities Inc

Introducing ESA Wheat Straw: A Sustainable Amenity Product for the Hospitality Industry

In today's world, sustainability is not just a buzzword; it's a crucial aspect of our lives and businesses. As the hospitality industry strives to reduce its environmental impact, Custom Amenities Inc. is proud to present a groundbreaking new product line: ESA Wheat Straw. This innovative collection of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash is crafted using wheat straw, a renewable and eco-friendly material.

So, what exactly is wheat straw? Wheat straw is the stalk left over after the grain is harvested from wheat crops. Traditionally, this residue was considered agricultural waste and either burned or discarded. However, thanks to advancements in technology and a growing awareness of sustainability, wheat straw is now being repurposed to create a range of useful products.

Custom Amenities Inc. has embraced this opportunity to develop ESA Wheat Straw, an amenity line that not only elevates the guest experience but also significantly reduces the carbon footprint of hotels, Airbnbs, and vacation rental companies.

One might wonder, why can we only use 20% wheat straw in manufacturing the bottle? The answer lies in the structural integrity and durability of the packaging. Wheat straw, although an excellent renewable resource, has certain limitations when it comes to creating sturdy bottles. By using a blend of 20% wheat straw and 80% high-quality recycled plastic, ESA Wheat Straw bottles strike a perfect balance between sustainability and functionality. This unique combination allows for a durable, aesthetically pleasing, and eco-friendly solution.

The benefits of ESA Wheat Straw extend beyond the environmental aspect. The products themselves are formulated with care, delivering a luxurious experience for guests. The shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash are thoughtfully crafted using premium ingredients to nourish and rejuvenate the hair and skin. They are free from harmful chemicals such as parabens and sulfates, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for guests with varying sensitivities.

By incorporating ESA Wheat Straw into your establishment, you not only showcase your commitment to sustainability but also align yourself with the growing consumer demand for eco-friendly accommodations. Today's travelers are more conscious than ever, seeking out establishments that prioritize environmental stewardship. With ESA Wheat Straw, you can meet and exceed their expectations, setting yourself apart as a responsible and forward-thinking hospitality provider.


As you consider your next purchase of amenity products, think beyond mere functionality. Embrace sustainability and make a positive impact with ESA Wheat Straw. By choosing this innovative product line, you contribute to a greener future while providing your guests with an exceptional stay. Together, let's shape a more sustainable and responsible hospitality industry, one bottle at a time.

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