Portuguese airline company Hi Fly implements a ban on single-use plastic items, following the examples of Heathrow Airport, Thomas Cook and Virgin Australia.
The company ran its first plastic-free in-flight service (27 December 2018) during a journey from Portugal to Brazil, with the goal of eliminating all disposable plastics in 2019.
Passengers and staff were prohibited from using single-use plastic items such as carrier bags, disposable cutlery and sick bags, with bamboo and paper alternatives being made available.
The company will trial a range of bio-based plastic alternatives, before rolling them out across its fleet later this year.
“We can no longer ignore the impact plastic contamination has on ecosystems, as well as on human health,” Hi Fly president Paulo Mirpuri said.“We know, too, from the feedback we have received from client airlines and passengers, that it’s the right thing for the airline to be doing.”