Emirates Airlines to scrap all plastic on flights by the end of 2019

Emirates has made a network-wide commitment to replace plastic with eco-friendly alternatives

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Emirates 777300ER Air to Air

Emirates Airlines has pledged to scrap all plastic from its flights by the end of 2019.

The airline confirmed that plastic straws, plastic swizzle sticks and stirrers will be replaced with eco-friendly alternatives.

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

Trials have been conducted on Emirates flights to explore various recycling initiatives on board, according to the airline.

“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,” said an Emirates statement. “This diverts an estimated 3 tonnes or about 150,000 plastic bottles from landfill in Dubai each month.”

Emirates confirmed that 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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