Emirates launches repurposing of plastic items used onboard

 Monday, June 5, 2023 


Emirates has now launched a new closed-loop recycling initiative, which will see millions of onboard items recycled in a local facility into fresh, ready–to–use products.

The initiative will see millions of onboard items, such as plastic, trays, bowls, and snack and casserole dishes, now recycled in a local facility. They will then be remade into fresh, ready–to–use meal service products.

Emirates is planning to introduce the new recycled utensils onboard from June onwards, marking World Environment Day on June 5, and the theme of #BeatPlasticPollution.

The airline has been reducing plastic waste by diverting over 150 million single–use plastic items from landfill each year by replacing plastic straws, inflight retail bags, and stirrers with responsibly sourced paper and wooden alternatives.

Additionally, each blanket in Economy and Premium Economy Class is manufactured from 28 recycled plastic bottles. Over the course of one year, this initiative saves 88 million plastic bottles from landfill.

However, the airline has partnered with deSter UAE, a provider of service ware concepts to the aviation industry and an expert in closed-loop manufacturing, for the project.

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