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Plastic Recycling January 07, 2019 07:30:52 AM

World’s First Plastic-Free Flight Takes Off

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Other airlines, such as Aer Lingus, BA, Emirates and Norwegian, have talked up the efficiency of their fleets and a general commitment to green initiatives and recycling.

World’s First Plastic-Free Flight Takes Off

SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): Portuguese carrier Hi Fly operated the pioneering ‘plastics-free’ flight, on an Airbus A340 jetting between Lisbon and Natal in Brazil on December 26th. It is the world’s first passenger flight without a single-use plastic item on board. The flight was the first of four such trials over the holiday period, carrying a total of over 700 passengers between them.

“This historic Hi Fly flight, without any single-use plastic items on board, underlines our commitment to making Hi Fly the world’s first ‘plastics-free’ airline within 12 months,” said its President, Paulo Mirpuri.“We take that commitment very seriously.”

The airline is not the first to pledge to tackle a growing plastics problem – though its timeline is certainly one of the most ambitious. Last year, Ryanair announced a five-year plan to eliminate all non-recyclable plastics from its operations, switching to wooden cutlery, biodegradable coffee cups and removing plastics “from our range of in-flight products” by 2023.

Other airlines, such as Aer Lingus, BA, Emirates and Norwegian, have talked up the efficiency of their fleets and a general commitment to green initiatives and recycling, though none has offered a solid timeline for the removal of in-flight plastics. BA is “working to reduce our use of plastic”, for example, and says it cut waste by 50pc per passenger on short-haul flights in 2017.

Airlines’ in-flight services are notoriously full of plastic, however, from coffee cups and plastic packaging to straws, drink stirrers and blanket and headphone packaging. Few have promised to completely eradicate such materials. Globally, less than 30pc of plastics are recycled, according to the European Commission, and over 100,000 flights take off each day around the world, contributing to huge amounts of single-use plastic waste.

Courtesy: https://wasteadvantage.com

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