Air New Zealand Just Made A Huge Anti-Plastic Commitment

The airline is removing 55 million plastic items from flights this year.

Air New Zealand says it will remove plastic water bottles from its flight for "Plastic Free July."

The commitment comes alongside the airline's announcement that it will remove almost 55 million plastic items from its flights this year. It's all part of the airline's effort to reduce single-use plastics onboard.

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Air New Zealand's initiative to reduce plastic use started in 2018. The company stopped using plastic water cups, coffee cups, lids and cheese plates, according to the New Zealand news organization Stuff. It replaced them with "lower impact alternatives," Stuff reported. Now, through July, Air New Zealand will add water bottles to the list, which it says will prevent 460,000 plastic bottles from ending up in landfills. Even more, the reduced weight on board will lower the plane's carbon emissions because it will be using less fuel.

QUEENSTOWN NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 6: Air New Zealand plane preparing to fly at Queenstown airport on September 6, 2015 in Queenstown, New Zealand Shutterstock / stockphoto mania

"The lack of composting infrastructure available in New Zealand is a challenge so we have been focused on reducing the amount of single-use plastic products we purchase in the first place," Anna Palairet, the head of sustainability at Air New Zealand, said in a statement. 

Palairet also encouraged flyers to continue bringing their own bottles on board.

"It's great to see more and more customers are bringing their reusable drink bottles and keep cups on board, and we encourage people to do this – our cabin crew team is happy to fill these," she said.

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