Those Tiny Hotel-Room Shampoo Bottles Might Be Going Extinct

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Say goodbye to tiny bottles of shampoo and conditioner in hotels. They’re useless to people with lots of hair and bad for the environment.

Larger, refillable toiletry bottles are popping up in hotels across the country, as more and more travelers demand environmentally friendly options. One USA Today reporter noted that she has seen the new bottles in hotels in New York City, Los Angeles and London.

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“As time goes on, I think more and more hotels are going to switch over,” veteran hotelier Steve Halliday told USA Today. Halliday opened the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver in July with full-sized toiletries.

Not only do the refillable bottles reduce waste, but they also give hotel guests the sense of being at home. The cost of outfitting hotel bathrooms with the full-size toiletries is about the same as constantly restocking smaller, single-use shampoos, conditioners and soaps.

And what happens if guests feel the need to lift the large bottles from their rooms upon checkout? They should be prepared for at least a $25 charge on their credit cards. Be environmentally conscious and leave the bottles behind. Besides, the full-size toiletries aren’t even airline friendly.

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Frances Romero is a writer-reporter at TIME. Find her on Twitter at @frances_romero or on Tumblr. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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