…and the Overpackaging of Hotel Amenities Award Goes To…

B efore I announce the winner — or, at least, strong contender — of the Overpackaging of Hotel Amenities Award, let us look at the following photographs along with their captions:

On the right is a nice box. I wondered what was in it... Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

On the right is a nice box. I wondered what was in it… Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

What seemed to be an impressive assortment of amenities were in the box. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

What seemed to be an impressive assortment of amenities were in the box. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

When unpackaging all of the amenities, this is what was actually inside all of those boxes. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

When unpackaging all of the amenities, this is what was actually inside all of those boxes. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

At least there should be a place to discard items which could be recycled if this much waste is to be produced per room by accessing amenities. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

At least there should be a place to discard items which could be recycled if this much waste is to be produced per room by accessing amenities. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

…and the winner of this award is:

Hyatt On The Bund
199 Huang Pu Road
Shanghai, China 200080

It is a very nice hotel at which to stay — I intend to post a review of this hotel property – but they really should think about how to present amenities for the room in a manner more friendly to the environment, in my opinion…

…perhaps they should borrow the idea of an amenity kit typically offered by airlines?

5 thoughts on “…and the Overpackaging of Hotel Amenities Award Goes To…”

  1. Scottrick says:

    You didn’t have to open all of them… In fact, I would probably open none of those and would just bring my own toothbrush and toothpaste and shaving kit. I’d argue the individual boxes make it easier to replace just the items that were used (whereas an airline amenity kit doesn’t provide that option).

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Agreed, Scottrick; but I am towards the end of a long trip and could use most of the items — which led to my curiosity about the packaging.

      By the way, all of the items were sealed in plastic or cellophane; which is certainly adequate enough packaging for each item without the need for boxes, in my opinion.

  2. Don W says:

    I believe the intention is that you should only take/open what you plan to use.

  3. mdtravel says:

    I believe housekeeping typically reuses the boxes…at least they do at Four Seasons. They have wrapped shower caps and put them in the empty box if you leave the box. By pitching the boxes, you were complicit in the waste you are admonishing.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Unfortunately, those boxes were the type where they were perforated on the reverse side which you need to use your thumb to open; and once opened, the boxes were useless.

      I would have recycled them if there was a place to do so.

      Again — my curiosity got the best of me…

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