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Year 2019 The Loo of the Year Awards inspection team has now completed the inspection of thousands of 2019 Loo of the Year Awards entrants’ washrooms throughout the UK.

Inspectors travelled thousands of miles by road, sea and air and have visited towns and cities from Wick in Scotland to the Islands of Scilly, to Londonderry in Northern Ireland and Cork in the Republic of Ireland. Early analysis of results indicates some exceptional washrooms will be competing for National Awards and trophies.

Loo of the Year Awards criteria (a benchmark for washrooms) have been used to judge each entry: are the entrant’s washrooms fit for purpose from the user’s perspective? Are they clean? Do they provide all the facilities that users require? Do

IHG eliminates bathroom miniatures

One of the world’s leading hotel companies, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has announced that its entire hotel estate will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities to reduce plastic waste.

The move, which will affect IHG’s entire estate of almost 843,000 guest rooms worldwide, is set to be completed during 2021. The plastic reduction move is part of a broader sustainability agenda, and affects all of IHG’s brands.

Keith Barr, IHG’s CEO, said: “It’s more important than ever that companies challenge themselves to operate responsibly – we know it’s what our guests, owners, colleagues, investors and suppliers rightly expect. Switching to larger-size amenities across more than 5,600 hotels around the world is a big step in the right direction and will allow us to significantly reduce our waste footprint and environmental impact as we make the change.

“We’ve already made great strides in this area, with almost a third of our estate already adopting the change and we’re proud to lead our industry by making this a brand standard for every single IHG hotel. We’re passionate about sustainability and we’ll continue to explore ways to make a positive difference to the environment and our local communities.”

Currently, IHG uses an average of 200m bathroom miniatures in use across its entire hotel estate per

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they meet Building Regulations Doc M and Equality Act dimensions and the needs of users that require accessible toilets or Changing Places facilities? Do they provide adequate facilities for babies and children? Are they attractive – light, inviting and have the ‘Wow’ factor? How would your client’s washrooms compare?

Judging for the range of National and UK/Ireland awards and trophies will be completed during October and the results will be announced at the 32nd annual Loo of the Year Awards daytime event, which takes place on Friday 6 December at the elegant Soco St Johns Hotel, Solihull.

The prestigious event includes excellent hospitality, a washroom supplier’s exhibition, entertainment from a top comedian and networking

opportunities among leading cleaning and FM service providers and their key customers. Can you

afford not to be there?

year, so the change should result in a significant reduction in plastic waste. It joins IHG’s previous pledge to remove plastic straws from its hotels by the end of 2019, and a number of other, broader waste reduction initiatives that are already in place.

IHG is part of the FTSE4Good Index, and recently joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 network, signalling a commitment to work with cross- industry partners to build a more sustainable world.

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