Airlines cut down on plastic use, switch to eco-friendly items

SIA's toys for children now come in recyclable paper packaging, not plastic. PHOTO: SINGAPORE AIRLINES
SIA's toys for children now come in recyclable paper packaging, not plastic. PHOTO: SINGAPORE AIRLINES

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 past 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.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2019, with the headline 'Airlines cut down on plastic use, switch to eco-friendly items'. Print Edition | Subscribe