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American Airlines Will Eliminate Use Of Plastic Straws & Drink Stirrers From Flights!


American Airlines announced that it will stop using plastic straws and drink stirrers and replace them with biodegradable alternatives. The airlines will no longer offer plastic straws and stir sticks in its lounges and onboard its flights.

The airline said that it will serve drinks with straw and wood stir sticks in its airport lounges and begin moving to what it called eco-friendly flatware. The world’s biggest airline, American airline said that in November planes on board replace plastic stir sticks with ones made from bamboo. The airline said the moves will eliminate more than 71,000 pounds of plastic a year.

According to representatives of those carriers, Alaska Airlines, which is the fifth-largest US carrier, said in May that it would phase out plastic straws and citrus picks starting this summer and replace them with “sustainable, marine-friendly alternatives.” Larger US airlines — Delta, United and Southwest — still use plastic straws.

The vice president of flight service Jill Surdek said, “We’re cognizant of our impact on the environment and we remain committed to doing our part to sustain the planet for future generations of travelers.”

Some cities have banned plastic straws because they are often not recycled and wind up as trash in landfills and oceans. Starbucks and other food companies have recently announced they will phase out plastic straws and polystyrene foam cups from their stores by 2020.

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