On April 22nd, on the occasion of Earth Day, many initiatives are being carried out to raise awareness of environmental protection. This year, in favour of "Earth Day", the United Arab Emirates' national airline, Etihad Airways, has decided to eliminate single-use plastic on board.
Earth Day means good deeds. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, became the first airline in the region on Earth Day to ban single-use plastic from its board in order to raise public awareness of the effects of plastic pollution.
While this was done on the EY484 flight between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane, Etihad’s commitment to the environment is permanent. Beyond Earth Day, the company is committed to reducing the use of single-use plastics by 80% on a daily basis, not only in flight but throughout the organization by 2022.
Joint initiatives in favour of the Earth
Every year, 440 million tonnes of plastics are produced, of which Etihad Airways has identified 95 single-use plastic products in its cabins. The airline has replaced most of these products with environmentally friendly alternatives with the help of its supplier, Buzz, who has provided sustainable amenity kits and ecological yarn blankets.
For their part, employees of the Etihad Ramp Management Team, based at Abu Dhabi International Airport, have launched another initiative to save 1.6 million plastic bottles per year.