Whether it be actually looking out for the environment or succumbing to social and competitor pressure, more airlines are ditching various forms of single-use plastics for more environmentally-friendly alternatives.
American Airlines is the latest to join the trend, announcing that it will be upping its initiative by switching to eco-friendly alternatives onboard its flights, and not just at its Admiral lounges.
The first change takes place this month at all its lounges, where recyclable, bamboo-based wood stirrers and straws will be offered instead of the traditional single-use plastic alternatives. Their flatware (plates, forks, spoons, etc.) will also be swapped for friendlier versions in the near future.
However, we will not see these changes in flight until November, but once it comes on stream, the airline estimates that they could eliminate at least 71,000 pounds of plastic waste per year.
American is not the only one cleaning up its act. Other airlines like Alaska Airlines, United, Delta, and British Airways all have campaigns to ditch as much plastic as possible. Starbucks also made headlines as they plan to eliminate the use of straws entirely by 2020. Instead, they will be offering “adult sippy cup” styled lids across its entire line. These types of lids are already available on a select few cold options on their menu.
“We’re very excited and proud to share this initiative with our team members and customers,” said Jill Surdek, Vice President, Flight Service. “We’re cognizant of our impact on the environment and we remain committed to doing our part to sustain the planet for future generations of travelers.”