British Airways to stop providing single-use plastic by 2021

British Airways to stop providing single-use plastic by 2021

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Harry Riley started this petition to British Airways

British Airways is providing an incredibly excessive amount of single-use plastic as part of their in-flight service, particularly long-haul.
In May 2019, on a flight from Singapore to London, I was provided with the following single-use plastics:

Dinner:
1x Salad container
1x Salad wrapper
1x Dessert container - lunch
1x Dessert wrapper  - lunch
1x Knife
1x Fork
1x Spoon
2x Cups (more on request)
1x Wine bottle (more on request) 

Breakfast:
1x Milk pouch
1x Fruit container
1x Fruit wrapper
1x Dessert wrapper
1x Knife
1x Fork
1x Spoon
1x Stirrer 

Other:
1x Blanket wrapper
1x Headphones
1x Headphones wrapper
1x water bottle (more on request)

That’s a total of 22 pieces of single-use plastic, per person on an Airbus A380 which carries 469 passengers. That single flight alone produced at least 10,318 pieces of single use plastic. Knowing that BA flew 45 million passengers last year, it quickly becomes apparent the sheer scale of unnecessary waste they produce. No doubt a very a sobering figure. Further, only 9% of all plastic produced in the world is being recycled.

So what has BA said in response to the ever-growing pressure on waste? A spokesperson advised they're “actively seeking to source non-plastic alternatives where possible”.

Not acceptable in my opinion, especially considering Air New Zealand is already phasing out single-use plastics, and further committing to lift plastic waste reduction to more than 24 million items per year. Ryanair is pledging to be plastic-free by 2023. Etihad Airways will reduce its single-use plastic usage by 80% by the end of 2022 and Portuguese airline Hi Fly is going plastic free by end-2019.

So what’s BA’s excuse? You’d think a business operating in an industry which has one of the most detrimental impacts on the environment would be scrutinising every way in which they can reduce their impact...perhaps not.

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