Going green: Alaska Airlines says ‘so long’ to non-recyclable plastic stir strawsPosted on May 22, 2018 by DrRossH in Plastic Straws
Airline says it will be the first in U.S. to phase out plastic stirring sticks – and plastic citrus picks – in favor of sustainable versions.
Alaska Airlines also says it will introduce non-plastic, marine-friendly drinking straws for customers requesting them. Hyde says Alaska has not yet selected a compostable alternative yet for those but says “we will be using a product that is marine-friendly.”
More broadly, Alaska Airlines says the change is part of its overall goal to reduce its in-flight waste per passenger going to landfills by 70% by 2020.
Among the environmentally-focused changes already in place at the Seattle-based carrier: bottled beer has been replaced with aluminum cans, which are lighter and easier to recycle, according to the company. And a policy to refill plastic cups rather than requiring a new cup for every round of beverage service has recently been reintroduced.
The air line industry is particularly bad at generating plastic waste. This is a first for the industry and hopefully more will soon follow.