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Qantas debuts ‘zero waste’ flight

Responsible Business | May 23, 2019

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Australian airline Qantas has operated what it claims to be the world’s first commercial flight to produce no landfill waste. QF739, flying from Sydney to Adelaide, contained only products that could be disposed of via compost, reuse or recycling. Around 1,000 single-use plastic items were removed entirely, or substituted with alternatives, such as meal containers and cutlery made from compostable materials. The company also offset the carbon emissions from the flight.

Qantas said that it wants to remove 100 million single use plastic items from its flights and those of its subsidiary Jetstar by the end of 2020, and has pledged to replace 45 million plastic cups, 30 million cutlery sets, 21 million coffee cups and 4 million headrest covers with sustainable alternatives.

“In the process of carrying over 50 million people every year, Qantas and Jetstar currently produce an amount of waste equivalent to 80 fully-laden Boeing 747 jumbo jets,” said Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David. “This flight is about testing our products, refining the waste process and getting feedback from our customers.”

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