How Emirates plans to reduce single-use plastics

Dubai airline Emirates has made a network-wide commitment to reduce single-use plastics on board its aircraft
How Emirates plans to reduce single-use plastics
By Sam Bridge
Mon 17 Jun 2019 02:23 PM

Emirates has made a network-wide commitment to reduce single-use plastics on board its aircraft.

Eco-friendly paper straws have been introduced and all Emirates flights will soon be plastic straw-free, the airline said in a statement.

Emirates said it has been working on various long-term sustainability initiatives. In addition to plastic straws, plastic swizzle sticks and stirrers will also be replaced with eco-friendly alternatives by the end of the year.

From August, plastic bags used for inflight retail purchases will also be replaced with paper bags.

These initiatives will remove an estimated 81.7 million single-use plastic items from landfill each year, Emirates added.

Trials have been conducted on Emirates flights to explore various recycling initiatives on board and Emirates staff and cabin crew constantly give feedback and suggestions on other environmentally friendly ideas.

As part of its long-term vision, the airline has been segregating large plastic bottles on board to be recycled in Dubai and the rest of the world. This diverts an estimated 3 tonnes or about 150,000 plastic bottles from landfill in Dubai each month.

A full review of the plastics on board has been conducted and over the next few months, the airline will gradually implement other initiatives to tackle plastic waste.

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