Friday, 13 July 2018

American adds biodegradable, eco-friendly stir sticks onboard and in lounges

American Airlines has followed the lead of many restaurants and coffee shops by deciding to ditch plastic straws.  Starting this month, the carrier will cut out plastic straws and stirrers from its aircraft and lounges and replace them with an eco-friendly straw and wood stir stick. American will also begin transitioning to all eco-friendly flatware within lounges.

American Airlines Lays Down the Straw

In November, change is in the air when the transition from a plastic straw/stir stick that is usually offered during onboard beverage service changes to a stir stick made of sustainable and environmentally friendly bamboo. With these changes, American will eliminate more than 71,000 pounds of plastic per year.

American’s onboard environmental sustainability efforts go back to 1989 when the airline's flight attendants started the industry’s first onboard recycling program. Through this program, American recycles hundreds of thousands of pounds of aluminium per year, with proceeds going to The Wings Foundation, a charitable organization administered by active American Airlines flight attendants to assist fellow flight attendants in times of need. American also transitioned away from plastic foam cups to paper cups in 2015.

“We're very excited and proud to share this initiative with our team members and customers,” said Jill Surdek, Vice President, Flight Service. “We’re cognizant of our impact on the environment and we remain committed to doing our part to sustain the planet for future generations of travellers.”