Air France has taken a step in the right direction towards more green long-haul operations by launching a suite of new amenities for its Intercontinental Premium Cabin offering. Made from 93% recycled materials, the kits now feature a toothbrush and stylus made from cornstarch and earplugs wrapped in kraft paper instead of plastic.
When it comes to environmental awareness and reducing emissions, we need to change the big things. Things like sustainable jet fuel, hydrogen and electric propulsion will be essential on the path to decarbonization. The challenges not specific to the aviation industry, however, are the colossal challenge of our societal addiction to plastic (certainly not helped by the pandemic and the imperative of single-use items) and the fight against unnecessary waste.
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Air France announced today that it is taking a step in the right direction by introducing environmentally conscious comfort packages to passengers in luxury cabins. Long-haul business class passengers will receive a navy blue or gray set bearing the airline’s historic winged seahorse logo, made from 93% recycled materials.
Socks, large and soft sleeping masks, toothpaste and cosmetics from Clarins are still included in the set as before. The content novelties, however, are a free toothbrush and pen, both of which are now made from cornstarch. Furthermore, the airline-supplied earplugs are wrapped in kraft paper to eliminate plastic packaging.
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While the work comfort packages may have received the best upgrades, the premium economy comfort packages have been given a more sporty look. It now also has a toothbrush made of cornstarch and earplugs made of paper instead of plastic, along with an eye mask and a pair of socks.
In addition, the plastic covers that were pre-wrapped around each assembly were replaced with a tamper evident seal. All sets are for gifts to be collected and taken home after the trip and used again. Moreover, in its quest to cut back on single-use covers, Air France now systematically cleans and sanitizes the headphones rather than wrapping them in plastic.
The road to plastic-free
While the problem of the climate impact of jet fuel may be a very difficult puzzle to solve, the problem of single-use plastics is not entirely easy to overcome — especially since the pandemic has left us terrified of touching surfaces with which it may have come in contact. another human being. However, this does not mean that this cannot be done.
In 2018, Hi Fly operated the world’s first plastic-free flight, and two years ago, the carrier banned plastic entirely from its operations. British Airways has removed hundreds of tons of single-use plastics from its flights. By 2023, LATAM will have phased out single-use plastics. By 2027, it hopes to stop landfill waste completely.
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