This week Virgin Australia announced that plastic straws and plastic stirrers have been removed from inflight and Lounge operations.
This newly implemented, environmentally-friendly, move highlights the airline’s commitment to sustainable solutions and will see more than 260,000 plastic straws and 7.5 million plastic stirrers a year removed from operations – to be replaced with paper straws and bamboo stirrers.
Virgin Australia General Manager of Group Sustainability, Rob Wood, said that introducing paper straws and bamboo stirrers, although being small changes, will have a positive impact both in the air and on the ground.
“We are proud to have eliminated plastic straws and stirrers from our services. This is part of our focus to improve the sustainability of the packaging we use as a business and to reduce the amount of single-use plastic across our inflight and Lounge offerings.
“As an airline, we have a responsibility to contribute to sustainable initiatives that will benefit the environment and removing plastic straws and stirrers is an important step in the right direction. We know there are still improvements to be made, but we are committed to continuing to look for ways to improve the environmental footprint of our operations,” he said.