Alaska Airlines declares its decision to go strawless

Published on : Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Alaska AirlinesAlaska Airlines has recently announced that it has decided to ditch straws on board all the flights commencing later this year.


A news release states that the airline would stop launching out single-use, non-recyclable stir straws and also citrus picks from 16th July, 2018 onwards. This airline is committed to minimize its in-flight waste per passenger going to landfills by nearly 70% by 2020.


A certain news release asserted that this airline boasts of the most comprehensive inflight recycling program of any U.S. air carrier to date and their previous and future commitments to biofuels and sustainability makes them the perfect partner for Lonely Whale that would enable the airline to do away with plastic straws.


The banning of single-use plastic beverage straws established a brand new standard for the travel industry and Alaska Airlines is the first U.S. airline to lead the charge.


Alaska has also replaced glass bottles with aluminum cans to make them more simpler to recycle and is also determined to refill plastic cups rather than handing out the same customer multiple cups.


In the year 2017, Alaska had doled out as many as 22 million plastic stir straws and citrus picks that is quite a staggering number considering the fact that plastic straws are quite lightweight to be recyclable and instead ends up in waterways and landfills.


Alaska said that it would also replace a majority of its 32-46 ounce juice boxes with easier-to-recycle aluminum cans this summer.


It isn’t the first time the airline has made visible moves to be more eco-conscious. Last year, Alaska replaced its onboard beer bottles with lighter aluminum cans, and switched its policy on plastic cups: flight attendants began refilling cups, rather than swapping them out for new ones during each round of beverage service.


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