I like being green, however, not all rooms in a hotel would be used constantly especially in a less populated area. Therefore, the stuff in the dispenser would stay in the dispenser for months if not a year. Shampoo, bodywash, etc, are chemicals and all have a limited shelf live. When maids keep refilling the dispenser, they are adding new chemicals to the older ones. It is almost like putting poisons onto your skin. Unless hotels specified they empty and cleaned out the dispensers every 3 months or so, I would hesitate to use it at all.
Weighing in with our own toiletry dispenser experience at the Element Las Vegas, we found them convenient (we hadn't read the "old chemicals" comment yet) but the stuff inside them was awful. The shampoo and conditioner in one made our hair feel like straw, not the best feeling when you are about to step out into the desert heat.
But when we pumped the ones out at the James New York (pictured above), our hair and our body felt super smooth. So in short, we probably wouldn't mind toiletry dispensers if there was some good stuff in them.
What do you think--are toiletry dispensers a great way for hotels to go green or could there be some seriously yucky stuff up in them? Let us know in comments below!