Urging Air India to stop Single Use Plastic Cutlery

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Single use plastic is an emerging problem. It’s a shame that our national carrier AIR INDIA, uses only plastic cutlery,hence we can imagine the amount of plastic waste generated by the airline on daily basis which causes harm to our environment.

Last month, I flew Air India and I got 6 meals during it, which obviously came with plastic cutlery. Now I request you to do the math as to how much waste the airline generates on a daily basis. I am sure people are aware of the alternative of switching to metal or wooden cutlery, if not, I am sure now they’ll know. 

Last year on world environment day, India was the host country and the theme was beat plastic pollution. As a govt owned enterprise, Air India should think of reducing its mass plastic and not add to it.

Single-use-plastics neither make it to a landfill nor can be recycled. A full 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. This is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. By 2050, this could mean there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s ocean. 

So, as a carrier which has our country’s name attached to it, it is their duty to help in the campaign of reducing plastic use. This is a simple and affordable change that can help the environment and can set a good example too!  

Along with that it’s our responsibility as conscious citizens, to persuade organizations to take steps to cut down on their plastic waste and along with that take individual efforts to stop plastic products and send less non-biodegradable commodities to our oceans.

I hope you would consider this and act on it.