Delta to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics From Flights and Sky Clubs

Oct 24, 2018

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Another airline has decided to end its use of some single-use plastics in an effort to help save the environment. This time around, it’s Delta Air Lines, the Atlanta-based, second-largest carrier in the US. According to the Star Tribune, Delta is eliminating plastic straws and some other single-use plastics from its flights and Sky Clubs.

Plastic straws and stir sticks will be replaced by utensils made of bamboo and birchwood. In addition, the Star Tribune says that Delta will replace “disposable plates, utensils, bowls and buffet dishware with compostable, biodegradable or reusable alternatives.” In addition, if you’re used to flying in Delta One, the airline says it’s doing away with the outer plastic wrap on amenity kits.

Delta isn’t cutting plastics just for consumers, either. The airline says that it’ll stop using Styrofoam products in the cafeterias at its headquarters in Atlanta.

Since 2015, the Delta Sky Club at Seattle (SEA) has composted several products. In addition, two Sky Clubs at Minneapolis (MSP) have been composting products since last year, and Styrofoam has been eliminated at Delta’s Minneapolis office since 2015.

“We’re looking broadly at how we can adjust our sourcing and behaviors to have greater impact on the local and global communities where we live, work and serve,” said Christine Boucher, managing director of global environment, sustainability & compliance. “Reducing single-use plastics is a natural extension of the work we’ve been doing for years to lead the industry in efforts to reduce our impact on the environment, and we’re looking forward to working with young thought leaders like Carter, Emma, Olivia and Shelby to build an even more creative and impactful approach.”

Delta is the latest airline to eliminate single-use plastics from its flights and lounges. In May, Alaska announced it was getting rid of single-use plastic stirrer straws and citrus picks, and in June, AA announced it was cutting plastic use in its Admirals Clubs and on its aircraft. Plus, a slew of other travel companies are making similar cuts in an effort to help marine life.

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