Last week, Air New Zealand announced that is will substitute a further 14 single-use plastic products from its supply chain by December 2019. The company states that the move will lift its plastic waste reduction to more than 24 million items per year.
Already this year the airline has removed single-use plastic straws, stir sticks, eye mask wrappers and plastic toothbrushes from lounges and on board aircraft. Over a 12 month period this will see the airline reduce its plastic footprint by 260,000 plastic toothbrushes, 3,000 straws, 7.1 million stirrers and 260,000 eye mask wrapper.
Air New Zealand's Head of Sustainability Lisa Daniell says "If we were to line up all of the plastic stirrers we are replacing across our network, they would span the length of Cape Reinga to Taupo (around 700km).
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