Every single year, more than 100,000 planes fly across the world each day. In 2017, commercial airlines carried more than four billion passengers. This number is forecasted to double in the next 20 years!
Have you ever thought about how many single-use plastic products are used on the plane? Did you know, more than 300 kilos of waste is produced each flight? After we arrive in our destinations, all that waste just gets dumped into landfills and sit there, idly, for generations. Thousands if not millions of plastic cups, trays, and cutleries, just sitting there. Imagine how much plastic waste we could avoid if we said NO to those single-use plastics.
Well, we don't have to say NO anymore, because Hi Fly said it for us!
On 26th December 2018, Portuguese charter airline Hi Fly took off from Lisbon to Natal, Brazil, without a single piece of single-use plastic on board!
You read that correctly! no plastic cups, no plastic forks and spoons, no plastic coffee stirrers, and no plastic food containers.
The carrier replaced plastic cutlery and containers with bamboo and compostable alternatives made by Vegware.
You can learn more about them here: https://www.vegware.com/
The recent flight was a test to see whether or not an airline can fly with no waste. The company is planning to conduct other tests on three other trips. By the end of 2019, Hi Fly vows to implement a single-use plastic-free policy on all of its flights.
“We can no longer ignore the impact plastic contamination has on ecosystems, as well as on human health. We know, too, from the feedback we have received from client airlines and passengers, that it’s the right thing for the airline to be doing.” Hi Fly President Paulo Mirpuri said.
According to recent studies, more and more consumers, whether they are in big or small markets, developed or developing nations, are increasingly more motivated to make the environmentally conscious decision when purchasing goods and services. Many are also exercising their power and voices on social media to increase awareness and the urgency of plastic pollution.
In fact, according to a survey by Nielsen, an insane 81% of respondents said that they firmly believe that companies should help improve the environment. All genders and generations share this passion for corporate social responsibility and global change. Statistically, Millenial, Gen Z, and Gen X are the most supportive, but their older counterparts aren't far behind.