Garbage classification drives the sales of classified garbage cans and kitchen waste disposal equipment. Sales of items such as bins, bags, labels and kitchen waste shredders have soared, according to data released recently by Online shopping guide platform Return.com. Among them, the demand for classified garbage cans is the most robust. Only in June, the sales volume increased by 3200% compared with the same period last year, and increased by 422% compared with that in May. The monthly sales volume of kitchen waste shredder also increased by a staggering 157.89% compared with the previous month. In addition, with the change of the hotel's disposable products system, the sales volume of travel convenience products such as compressed travel towels and travel toiletry suits has increased greatly, with the highest increase of 296.9%. Portable hot water kettles showed the potential of a dark horse, with sales increasing by 393% year on year.
In 2017, there were 440,000 hotels in China, receiving 4.8 billion passengers in total. More than 70% of soap is discarded after only one use. By weight, 440,000 hotels throw away more than 400,000 tonnes of soap a year. In addition to soap, the toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, soap, shampoo, bath liquid and other supplies provided by the hotel are discarded after being used, which not only causes a huge waste, but also many items are not degradable, exacerbating environmental pollution.
For Chinese consumers accustomed to using hotel disposable products over the years, the new rules do need to be adapted, but most agree and approve. Mr. Chen, a consumer, said that China's environmental awareness and concepts are gradually being integrated with the international community, which is very worthy of support. It may not be used to it for a while, but it will gradually adapt.
Sales of related travel paraphernalia have risen significantly in Shanghai since the new hotel rules were enacted in June, according to Return.com. Among them, small and portable products that can be used many times are the most popular. For example, the tourism compressed towel with the best overall sales volume increased by 29.85% quarter-on-quarter and 296.9% year-on-year. The sales volume of travel toiletry suits, including toothbrushes and folding combs, was the largest on a month-on-month basis, with a nearly two-and-a-half times increase in June compared with May. Collapsible thermos kettles were the dark horse this year, with the fastest year-on-year growth reaching 393 per cent