LATAM will eliminate single-use plastics by 2023

LATAM has pledged to eliminate single-use plastics from its operations by 2023, the airline announced on Wednesday.

The South American airline said the commitment will be achieved through initiatives such as changing materials on board, incorporating more sustainable elements and through the group’s recycling and reuse programs.

Since June 1, all international flights have reusable bags to cover rest items in the Premium Business cabin. New travel kits were also recently launched for Premium Business passengers, with sustainable elements such as bamboo toothbrushes and kraft paper packaging.

Changes to the materials of all service items on board the Economy cabin, such as glasses, cutlery, crockery, will be announced in the coming weeks.

LATAM Cargo is implementing five pilot projects, which are expected to reduce plastic use in cargo operations by more than 60%. This includes an initiative to replace the plastic used to wrap loads with reusable blankets or waterproof covers.

“The proposed goals challenged us to rethink the design, materiality and protocols of our onboard service, said Paulo Miranda, Vice President of Customers at LATAM Airlines Group.

“We recognize that this is a gradual process, where we still have a lot to learn, but we will continue to work to implement concrete changes that allow us to generate greater impact for the benefit of our communities. and our ecosystems,” he added.

These initiatives are part of LATAM’s sustainability goals, which include zero waste to landfill by 2027, offsetting 50% of national emissions by 2030, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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