Emirates has recycled more than 500,000 kilograms of plastic and glass in 2022, by collecting discarded bottles onboard for repurposing.
500,000 kilograms is almost the same weight as a fully loaded Emirates flagship A380 aircraft, said a press release.
The glass is separated by colour and crushed. This ‘cullet’ or recycled glass that is ready to be re-melted, is then sent to glass manufacturers in the UAE to include in their batch mix for new bottles.
The plastic bottles are cleaned, chopped into flakes, melted into pellets, and sent to manufacturers to make other plastic products.
As a result, Emirates and Emirates Flight Catering divert thousands of kilograms of glass and plastic away from landfill each year.
Emirates has several other initiatives which focus on repurposing plastic or using sustainable materials where possible like Emirates blankets made from recycled plastic; wooden tea and coffee stirrers, paper straws and inflight retail bags are made using wood and paper from responsibly managed forests, children’s toys made from sustainably sourced material, reusable onboard amenity kits.
Emirates’ Premium Economy and Economy Class range of amenity kits are complimentary for customers on long-haul flights, and feature designs that represent the four essential elements of nature – fire, water, earth, and air.
The contents include a selection of durable travel essentials made from environmentally friendly materials. The toothbrush is made from a combination of wheat straw and plastic, and the socks and eyeshades are made from recycled plastic, in this case, rPET.
The packaging used for the dental kit, socks and eyeshades is made from 90 percent rice paper.