Bathroom amenities dispensers have never been more sought after than now, and rightly so. The mounting pressure from the public domain for hotels to lift their game in the area of waste reduction and elimination of plastic is rapidly changing the way accommodation providers offer guest amenities. But there is more to the dispenser game than meets the eye.
Firstly, it is important to understand the differences between the various dispensers available in the market place, in order for operators to choose the product that is right for them.
Here are the options:
1. Pump Dispensers
These refillable vessels with a vertical pump mechanism have primarily found their way into hotels/motel via the retail channel, as they have grown in popularity over the past years. However, the refillable aspect of the system and the fact that the receptacles are generally not emptied and cleaned on a regular basis, make them prone to bacteria growth, thus not the ideal choice for the shower or bath in a hotel room. That said, in public washrooms where ‘only’ hands are washed, pump dispensers can offer a cost-effective solution, although the stainless wall brackets can be a costly upfront investment.
2. Factory-Sealed Dispensers
These 100% hygienic dispensers reduce plastic waste up to 90% and offer the operator total piece of mind. Not only do sealed/non-refillable dispensers eliminate the risk of litigation due to hygiene issues, they are also the most visually appealing and mechanically sound. Smart Care and Press + Wash are two examples of such leading dispenser solutions. What is more, the attractive chrome wall fixtures are generally offered on a free-on-loan basis, making the start-up cost very affordable.
3. Public Area Dispensers
Generally dispensing a generic liquid or foam, guests have come to associate these with a ‘public toilet’ dispenser and should under no circumstances be used in the personal spaces of a guest room, such as by the bath or in the shower.
Eco-Friendly amenity options that also minimise wastage
Aside from eliminating as much plastic from our environment as possible, we also have the opportunity to implement ‘closed-loop’ recycling processes as well as the use of biodegradable materials in packaging. What get’s overseen in most cases however, is the waste that unused formulation (the liquid inside hotel toiletries tubes and bottles) causes. The volume of liquid formulation waste ending up in landfill is far greater than the plastic packaging itself. Even more reason to implement a dispenser mechanism that dispenses only as much formulation as the guest requires.
In addition, it is worthwhile choosing an Eco-Certified or Nordic Swan Certified product, to be assured of the greatest environmental sensibility.