Virgin Australia has removed all plastic straws
and stirrers from its aircraft
and lounge operations.
will see more than 260,000 plastic straws and 7.5 million plastic
stirrers a year removed from operations and replaced with paper
straws and bamboo stirrers.
Virgin Australia General
Manager of Group Sustainability, Rob Wood, said that introducing
paper straws and bamboo stirrers, although being small changes,
will have a positive impact both in the air and on the ground.
“We are proud to have eliminated plastic straws and stirrers from
our services. This is part of our focus to improve the
sustainability of the packaging we use as a business and to reduce
the amount of single-use plastic across our inflight and Lounge
offerings. As an airline, we have a responsibility to
contribute to sustainable initiatives that will benefit the
environment and removing plastic straws and stirrers is an
important step in the right direction. We know there are still
improvements to be made, but we are committed to continuing to
look for ways to improve the environmental footprint of our
operations,” he said.
Many of Virgin Australia’s ‘green’
initiatives are championed by the airline’s Sustainability
Ambassadors who act as eyes and ears across the business. Virgin
Australia currently has more than 100 Sustainability
Ambassadors across its business, including pilots, cabin crew,
legal specialists and guest services officers.