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Dubai’s Emirates will soon replace all plastic straws onboard flights

Dubai’s Emirates will soon replace all plastic straws onboard flights

As of June 1, eco-friendly paper straws have been introduced on Emirates flights

Dubai airline Emirates has announced plans to reduce single-use plastics on board its aircraft.

As of June 1, eco-friendly paper straws have been introduced and all Emirates flights will soon be plastic straw-free.

The airline said it has been working on various long-term sustainability initiatives.

Along with 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, a statement said.

Trials have been conducted on Emirates flights to explore various recycling initiatives on board.

One of the initiatives involves segregating large plastic bottles on board to be recycled in Dubai and the rest of the world. This diverts an estimated three 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, the statement said.

As part of its sustainability efforts, Emirates introduced blankets made from recycled plastic bottles for its economy class cabin in 2017. 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, the airline said.

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