LATAM is continuing with its onboard sustainability efforts, with changes in its economy class cabin.
The changes allowed the airline to eliminate more than 1,200 tons of single-use plastics, equivalent to eliminating 36,000 500 ml plastic bottles.
The new service seeks to implement a more sustainable cabin and considers important changes in the materiality of all items on board (cups, cutlery, trays), replacing them with more sustainable materials such as bamboo cutlery, reusable trays, kraft paper packaging for cutlery, and certified sustainable paper cups.
These changes have been implemented on all of LATAM group’s regional and long-haul routes with the airline aiming to remove single-use plastics used in its operations by 2023.
Meanwhile, on domestic flights in Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador, LATAM has a program called Recycle Your Trip, through which cabin crew members separate plastic and cans on board (in Colombia, this separation takes place on the ground).
In the airlines Premium Business cabin, changes have been made which include the incorporation of reusable bags to cover rest items and eco travel kits for passengers, which include a bamboo toothbrush with a sugar cane lid, earplugs with packaging made of kraft paper and socks and eye covers made from recycled plastic.
Paulo Miranda, LATAM Airlines Group Vice President of Customers said
“Caring for the planet is a challenge for everyone, and a necessary destination for LATAM, which is why we reviewed our services and identified nearly 1,800 tons of single-use plastic on board our international flights. Our teams got involved to redefine all details of our service, making a positive change for our customers, and also for our planet,”
Reducing the impact
With net-zero goals, sustainability in the air continues to be a hot topic as airlines attempt to find ways to either reduce the use of environmentally harmful products or offset their carbon emissions.
Waste in the cabin is a contributor and the goals that LATAM has set itself to send zero waste to landfill by 2027, reduce and offset 50% of domestic emissions by 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, it is going to remain a challenge for the airline to meet.
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