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Delta doubles down on plastic removal on board flights

Delta Air Lines has reinforced its sustainability commitments and emphasised its eco-friendly practices by announcing the removal of plastic stirrers and plastic straws from its flights and lounges.

The airline noted it is “continuing the removal of a variety of single-use plastic items, including stir sticks, wrappers, utensils and straws from its aircraft and Delta Sky Clubs.

The ongoing effort comes on the heels of the global airline’s leading move to remove plastic wrap from international Main Cabin cutlery in April, and is expected to eliminate more than 300,000 pounds in plastic waste annually – that’s more than the weight of two Boeing 757 aircraft.”

The stirrers and straws will be replaces by bamboo and birchwood alternatives respectively.

“We’re looking broadly at how we can adjust our sourcing and behaviors to have greater impact on the local and global communities where we live, work and serve,” said Christine Boucher, Managing Director – Global Environment, Sustainability & Compliance.

“Reducing single-use plastics is a natural extension of the work we’ve been doing for years to lead the industry in efforts to reduce our impact on the environment, and we’re looking forward to working with young thought leaders to build an even more creative and impactful approach.”​