It seems All Nippon Airways is continuing to remove plastic in the sky, with announcement of if it’s new meal trays it will offer in Economy Class.
The new meal trays will be composed of bagasse – the waste fibre created from pressed sugarcane. They’ll look something like this.
They are biodegradable materials, to allow for easy recycling.
The new meal trays will be introduced beginning in August 2021 for economy class meals on international flights.
By simply replacing the plastic meal trays, the amount of disposable plastic used by ANA for inflight services will be reduced by about 30 percent, an amount that was equal to 317 tons during fiscal 2019.
The airline so far has introduced plastic-free cutlery and straws, reducing the amount of plastic used by 25 tons compared to the previous year.
Chikako Miyata, Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Sustainability said:
“At ANA, we view sustainability as critical to our mission and we are constantly searching for ways to reduce our carbon footprint,”
“We will keep making efforts to improve sustainability and create a better planet. We will continue to consider innovative technologies that allow us to operate safely, efficiently and effectively as we serve the needs of customers worldwide.”
Beyond the pandemic
As we all look beyond the pandemic – the environmental challenges remain that we were facing. With plastic waste being a troublesome thing, it’s good to see ANA look beyond plastic to deliver products to the customer.
And less plastic waste can only be a good thing.
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