THE PROBLEM

Billions of these small toiletry bottles are thrown out annually while only partially used. Oftentimes, these bottles aren’t even recycled because of the amount of contamination and their small size. Tons of plastic trash is added to landfills by toiletry bottles on an annual basis. 

SOLUTIONS AND ACTION

In November, Santa Cruz County became the first jurisdiction in the US to officially ban single-use plastic toiletry bottles across the hospitality industry. The measure passed unanimously, and we applaud Supervisor Zach Friend for his leadership.

Next, the City of Santa Cruz is poised to take action as well with Councilwomen Brown and Meyers taking the lead. We foresee Watsonville following suit in the near future. Also, outreach to Monterey County Board of Supervisors was underway earlier this year. 

NEWS STORIES ON OUR PROGRESS

  • Santa Cruz County bans small plastic hotel toiletry bottles – Video by KSBW
  • Santa Cruz County set to ban little plastic toiletry bottles in hotelsMercury News
  • Santa Cruz County votes to single use toiletry bottles at hotelsKION
  • Big changes for small, plastic hotel toiletries in Santa Cruz CountyKAZU
  • Santa Cruz County declares war on mini shampoo bottlesSFGate
  • This California county just took a big step forward in the war on plasticsCoastal Living