EMIRATES continues its efforts to reduce environmental impact with eco-friendly paper straws
As an airline that connects over 145 cities to Dubai and to each other, facilitating trade and tourism flows across six continents, Emirates continues to develop its workforce and build cutting-edge facilities to support operations of this scale. The airline continues to strengthen its global footprint so that it can serve and connect even more cities across the world.
With that colossal scale of their goals in mind, Emirates takes the matter of economic, environmental and social impact very seriously, focused on operating its aircraft in the most efficient, responsible way possible.
One of their key focus areas has been the management of resource consumption, including fuel efficiency. Through the most environmentally efficient aircraft technology, Emirates’ new aircraft continue to improve overall fuel efficiency and noise profile of its fleet, and achieve the next level in fuel efficiency.
On June 1, 2019, Emirates made a network-wide commitment to reduce single-use plastics on board its aircraft, introducing eco-friendly paper straws instead on all Emirates flights. Other long-term sustainability initiatives include the replacement of plastic swizzle sticks and stirrers with eco-friendly alternatives by the end of the year.
Starting August 2019, plastic bags have been replaced with paper bags for inflight retail purchases. These initiatives are expected to remove an estimated 81.7 million single-use plastic items from landfill each year.
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 and fuelled by a cabin crew member’s suggestion, 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.
Part of the airline’s ongoing sustainability efforts include the introduction of ecoTHREAD blankets two years ago for its Economy Class cabin. Each blanket is made from 28 recycled plastic bottles and by the end of this year, Emirates would have saved 88 million plastic bottles from landfill from this initiative alone.
To know more about Emirates’s environmental efforts, visit www.emirates.com/environment
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