Air New Zealand has committed to increasing the
number of single-use plastic items that it will remove from its
operation this year by more than double, from 24 million to nearly
55 million items.
This month the airline removed individual plastic water
bottles from its Business Premier and Premium Economy cabins, as
well as from its Works Deluxe offering on Tasman and Pacific
Island services under five hours in duration. This is expected to
divert more than 460,000 bottles from landfill annually and reduce
carbon emissions by more than 300,000 kilograms per year by
reducing weight on the aircraft.
Individual plastic sauce packets are being
removed from Business Premier cabins on mainland North America and
Hong Kong services, and these will be eliminated entirely from the
global network by the end of October. Customers will instead be
served sauce in reusable dishes which is expected to prevent
around 200,000 plastic packets going to landfill each year.
The airline is also set to roll out coffee cups
made from plants rather than plastic across its domestic and
international networks from October, while plastic water cups will
be transitioned to recyclable alternatives from September. The
previous commitment targeted coffee and water cups on Air New
Zealand's domestic network where the majority of cups are used,
however, the scope has now expanded to introduce the lower impact
cups across the international network, lifting the total number of
cups being replaced this year from 14.7 million to 44.5 million.
Air New Zealand's Acting Head of Sustainability
Anna Palairet says the airline is focused on reducing the amount
of single-use plastic products it purchases at source, as the lack
of composting infrastructure in New Zealand at present poses a
"Single-use plastic is a highly topical and
visible issue for us and our customers, so we're really pleased to
be able to share this progress to celebrate Plastic Free July,"
said Anna Palairet. "The
lack of composting infrastructure available in New Zealand is a
challenge so we have been focused on reducing the amount of
single-use plastic products we purchase in the first place. It's
great to see more and more customers are bringing their reusable
drink bottles and keep cups on board, and we encourage people to
do this - our cabin crew team is happy to fill these."
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