We all know how unsustainable single-use plastic is, yet, for the most part avoiding it is impossible
In an extraordinary step towards helping the environment, Portuguese airline Hi Fly has announced that it will eliminate all single-use plastic, across all of its flights.
In December 2018, the company launched a plastic-free trial on four of its flights, opting to replace throw-away plastic cutlery with compostable spoons and bamboo cups. In addition, single-serve butter pots, fizzy drink bottles, salt and pepper shakers, bedding packaging dishes, and toothbrushes were swapped for more sustainable alternatives.
Before the first plastic-free flight took off on Boxing Day, out of Lisbon, Hi Fly president Paulo Mirpuri announced: “This historic Hi Fly flight, without any single-use plastic items on board, underlines our commitment to making Hi Fly the world’s first ‘plastics-free’ airline within 12 months.”
Mipuri added: “Over 100,000 flights take off each day around the world and, last year, commercial aircraft carried nearly four billion passengers. This number is expected to double again in less than 20 years. So, the potential to make a difference here is clearly enormous.”
After the trial, which continued throughout the busy New Year holiday period, Hi Fly reported that it had been an overwhelming success. Over 700 passengers were served sustainable alternatives, saving a total of 350 kilograms of plastic, and feedback was good all round.
As well as this, glass bottles were collected to be sanitized and refilled, and any card and paper was gathered to be recycled.
Now that the trial has elapsed, Hi Fly has announced that it will commit to eliminating all single-use plastic, across all of its flights.
“Our target of being plastic free by the end of the year seemed ambitious to many in our industry, but by believing in our project and working hard to make it happen, we can see that it is entirely achievable and our focus now will be to commit to our deadline,” Mipuri said.