Airlines cut down on plastic use, say they are going green for the long haul

Emirates no longer serves plastic straws on its flights.
Emirates no longer serves plastic straws on its flights.PHOTO: EMIRATES

SINGAPORE - Flying may not be the most environmentally friendly way to travel, but airlines are increasingly doing their bit to cut down on the waste they generate.

In the last year, airlines including Singapore Airlines (SIA), Emirates and Finnair have replaced single-use plastic items with greener alternatives such as paper straws, wood-based swizzle sticks, paper packaging for children's toys, and paper bags for in-flight purchases.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content