Air Canada to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics, Starting with Stirrers

By Paul Riegler on 31 January 2019
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An Air Canada Express plane

An Air Canada Express plane

Air Canada announced that it will gradually eliminate all single-use plastics on its flights as well as in its workplaces starting this summer.

The program will begin with the replacement of the plastic stir sticks that are served with drinks on flights with bamboo stirrers.

The bamboo stir sticks will be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, a Bonn-based organization that sets standards for forest products to ensure the responsible management of the world’s forests.

The Montreal-based airline will also work to reduce or eliminate the use of other single-use plastics and is working with graduate students at the University of Toronto’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program to do so.

Numerous airlines, hotels, and dining establishments have already announced plans to eliminate some single-use plastics, including Alaska Airlines, Fiji Airways, Hilton, Hyatt Hotels, Marriott, Ryanair, and Starbucks.

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