I have stopped taking the shampoo, conditioner and body lotions hotels provide.
Basically they’re crap. Made in China crap.
And normally they make my hair go like straw. Or have a scent I wouldn’t use.
I do make exceptions. Crabtree and Evelyn products. Nice smelling soaps for guests. (In the book I read where they won a luxury trip, they got Chanel and Tiffany products. I’d take those by the case load.)
I never used to be this strong but my “Use it up” challenge made me confront my excess product collection. Now I can walk out of a hotel and not feel the need to throw in all the small bottles. I’d rather spend money on the product I like than use a freebie I don’t like.
But I can’t walk out with the slippers!
They are generally one size fits all which means they are too big for me.
They don’t have a great warmth rating.
I have heaps already.
I did think I could give them out to guests who stay over. We have wooden floors which are cold in winter. But I don’t really have that many guests.
Every so often I look down and think, “Shit. If someone came to the door now and saw me in these grotty things, they’d think I was a pig.” And then I know it is time to toss them. (They don’t really hold up to being placed in the washing machine.)
I have gone through quite a few. But they are like the magic pudding or wire coat hangers – there always seems to be another pair. OK, I did bring more home from my trip to China. Still…
Can you resist the free?
And what about the hidden costs? I don’t mean the hotel bill covers these things. I mean the cost to our environment for such disposable items. Does this cost worry you?