Emirates has just made its intention clear to be even more eco-friendly than it already is. For those who do not already know, the ecoTHREAD™ blankets that Emirates first introduced to its Economy Class cabin in 2017 are actually crafted from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Each ecoTHREAD™ blanket is made from a total of 28 recycled plastic bottles. These blankets are available to Economy Class passengers on all long-haul Emirates flights. It is especially heartening to know that at the end of this year, Emirates' ecoTHREAD™ blankets would have rescued 88 million plastic bottles from landfills. That's equivalent to the weight of 44 Airbus A380 jumbo aircraft!
Right now, Emirates is working towards eliminating approximately 81.7 million pieces of single-use plastic items from landfill every year. This lofty ambition will, of course, be achieved through the carrier's various long-term sustainability initiatives.
As a matter of fact, at the beginning of June, Emirates has introduced eco-friendly paper straws to replace traditional plastic straws. The Dubai-based carrier is thrilled to announce that all Emirates flights will be plastic straw-free very soon.
In line with its commitment to cut down on single-use plastics on board, Emirates will be replacing plastic swizzle sticks and stirrers with eco-friendly alternatives before 2019 comes to a close. Additionally, plastic bags used for retail purchases made by passengers inflight will be replaced with paper bags from August onwards.
The airline has also revealed that it is looking to implement several initiatives to help tackle plastic waste. While details are scarce at this time, one of the initatives would involve the segregation of large plastic bottles on board. These segregated large plastic bottles are to be sent for recycling in Dubai and the rest of the world. Emirates estimates that this initiative alone will prevent around 150,000 plastic bottles from ending up in Dubai's landfill per month.