In the announcement made earlier this week, Alaska Airlines stated, that it will end the use of plastic straws. Starting July, on all its flights and airport lounges, the company will ditch plastic straws use. It will include non-recyclable, single-use plastic straws, stir sticks as well as citrus picks. Instead, "non-plastic, marine-friendly straws will be made available to guests with special needs and upon request," the release says.Alaska Airlines
“Plastic is a serious issue for our planet. What’s important is continuing to move the global supply chain toward making sustainable materials accessible and affordable,” managing director of Alaska Airlines stated in the announcement.
Solely in 2017, the company handed out about 22 million plastic straws and citrus picks. The non-profit organization Lonely Whale approached the company about the plastic waste damage to the oceans last year. Later, Alaska Airlines made the decision to switch to more environmentally-friendly straws, which are certified by Forest Stewardship Council.Alaska Airlines
"At the time, others who had joined the strawless movement included Port of Seattle, City of Vancouver and the City of Seattle, making our decision to partner with Lonely Whale a no-brainer," states a representative.
“The banning of single-use plastic beverage straws sets a new standard for the travel industry, and we couldn’t be happier that Alaska Airlines is the first U.S. airline to lead the change,” the executive director of the Lonely Whale says.
Up until these days, Alaska Airlines put the efforts to act more environmentally-friendly. It included the decisions to replace bottled beer to aluminum cans, as they are easier to recycle. Not to mention the policy to refill the plastic cups rather than giving out beverages with the new ones.
At this point, the changes are vital for the well-being of environment. “Plastic pollution is causing devastating marine life issues with plastic now found in the bellies of whales, turtles and more, including seabirds, of which 99% of all species are expected to have ingested plastic by the year 2050,” states the executive director of the Lonely Whale.Plastic Straws
Taking the initiative of switching the plastic straws to more environmentally-friendly alternatives, Alaska Airlines hopes to reduce the waste per-passenger per-flight by 70 percent by 2020.