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Our Experience With Single Use Plastics On Aeroplanes! Airlines Use Too Much??

It was our first time flying with Malaysian Airlines - first a 12 hour flight to Kuala Lumpur and then a 3 hour flight to Manila. Our round the world trip was off to a great start! There was impressive leg room, a fantastic film selection and even 3 amazing free meals for each of us as well! Oh... but unfortunately a bunch of single use plastics that came with them...


We're all aware of the enormous issue of air travel's carbon footprint (which doesn't make us proud to be jet-setting back to South East Asia), but what about it's relationship with plastic waste? In this blog post, we'll be sharing our experience with this plastic waste on aeroplanes, why it matters so much to step away from single use plastics and what can be done about it by each of us, and airlines themselves!

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Tea, Coffee and Passport Flatlay, Heathrow Airport, London

From disposable plastic cutlery and water in tiny plastic pots, to blankets and headphones also all wrapped in plastic - there was just so much plastic!


The worst part of it was that it was likely all non-recyclable and simply thrown away with the rest of the waste on board.



Why Is This Even Important?


At every stage in plastics' life-cycle, there is clear cause for concern. To start, crude oil is extracted out of the ground, which is refined into petrol, diesel and jet fuel amongst other things. Plastic is almost always petroleum based and therefore has a strong linkage to non-renewable fossil fuels and green house gas emissions.


From crude oil, the next step often involves processing plastic into tiny pellets for other products to be made at a later date. These tiny plastic pellets are shipped around the world on huge cargo ships, and it's not uncommon for cargo to spill into the ocean. Products made from these tiny pellets are incredibly durable and long-lasting, but it's this durability that has sadly lead to highly polluted eco-systems with the plastics never truly going 'away'.