Today In Events: Marriott Will Remove Mini Toiletries, Apple to Hold September Event for New iPhones, José Andrés’s Company Will Reimburse Underpaid Hudson Yards Employees

1. MARRIOTT WILL REMOVE MINI TOILETRIES: Marriott International is the latest hotel company to begin removing mini toiletries for more sustainable options. The world’s largest hotel chain announced it will place refillable containers in all 7,000 hotels in 131 countries, with plans to remove all mini bottles by 2020. The brand estimates this will eliminate around 500 million small bottles each year, or 1.7 million pounds of plastic. Fast Company: “Banning single-use plastic shampoo bottles is an expansion of Marriott International’s work eliminating single-use shower toiletry bottles in five of its brands: Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, Fairfield by Marriott, and TownePlace Suites. Four of Marriott International’s brands (Aloft Hotels, Element by Westin, Four Points, and Moxy Hotels) have swapped out mini bottles for large pump dispensers, which hold as much as 10 to 12 tiny, single-use bottles can. A fifth hotel brand (AC by Marriott) has already started making the change.” 

2. APPLE TO HOLD SEPTEMBER EVENT FOR NEW IPHONES: Apple has sent out invitations for its next event on September 10, where the tech company is expected to announce the iPhone 11. The event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. CNN: “As usual, the invitation didn't provide much insight into what Apple (AAPL) will actually discuss at the event. The artwork featured a modern version of the company's first official logo with the apple divided into floating rainbow chunks. The tagline for the invitation: ‘By innovation only.’ … The company has hosted a press event in early September to announce new iPhones in each of the past seven years. But one thing could be different this time: Jony Ive, Apple's longtime design guru, may no longer play a key role at the event. In June, Apple announced Ive would be leaving the company after 30 years.” 

3. JOSÉ ANDRÉS’S COMPANY WILL REIMBURSE UNDERPAID HUDSON YARDS EMPLOYEES: ThinkFoodGroup, José Andrés’s Washington-based restaurant company that owns Mercado Little Spain in New York, will reimburse employees at the Hudson Yards venue after a payroll glitch caused some to be underpaid. The news came two days after Tina Braunstein, a bartender at Mercado Little Spain, sued Andrés and Hudson Hall LLC, the company that owns Hudson Yards, alleging that the chef’s New York debut has violated state and federal wage laws. Washington Post: “In her complaint, Braunstein alleges that she was paid the tipped minimum wage for work that, according to New York law, requires employers to pay the full minimum wage. … The plaintiffs in the case could multiply by the hundreds. Braunstein filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York as a class action. The complaint mentions a potential class of 40 members, but Kirschenbaum said his client claims there could be hundreds of Mercado Little Spain employees who may also be underpaid.”