Hotels must give up mini toiletries to save the planet - TD Rock
Hotels and guesthouses should be banned by law from providing mini bottles of toiletries, Dublin TD Noel Rock has insisted.
He said such a move would be "a simple and proactive step towards reducing plastic waste".
"Some progressive hotel chains have already started moving away from these wasteful products towards refillable models, but I believe this should be put on a legislative footing in Ireland," Mr Rock said.
"I believe a ban on such products in hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs will save thousands of pounds of plastic waste being generated annually.
"Much like the plastic bag levy, this is an opportunity for Ireland to be a European leader in this area.
"With a booming tourism industry, the savings in waste terms to be garnered here are immense."
The Fine Gael TD noted that the use of plastic bags in Ireland decreased by 90pc after the levy was introduced.
"This is the type of radical change that Ireland needs to consistently pursue," he said.
"Hotels have options: they can use refillable dispensers or there are innovative Irish companies producing zero-waste products that could be swapped out for a sustainable approach that would also support local business.
"I accept that this change would need to be phased in so as not to cost businesses unnecessarily, but I also strongly suspect that Irish customers will welcome this change with open arms.
"Hotels no longer provide ashtrays in hotel rooms due to a massive cultural shift in recent years.
"I believe single-use plastics in rooms will be viewed as something just as redundant in the coming years, and it is up to us as legislators to ensure this happens as quickly as possible."
The Dublin North-West TD said he is aiming for "a nationwide ban" to take effect on hotels, guesthouses and holiday rentals providing guests with toiletries in single-use plastic bottles.
There is huge international concern over the proliferation of plastic waste products.
Last month, broadcaster and wildlife campaigner David Att- enborough described plastic pollution as an "unfolding catastrophe" that we ignore at our peril.
He described the growing amount of plastic in the sea as a "global problem".