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Alaska Airlines Becomes First U.S. Airline to Eliminate Plastic Cups On Board

Plastic cups? Alaska Airlines sent ‘em packing. Alaska Airlines announced the completion of our transition to paper cups for inflight beverages, a move that eliminates more than 55 million plastic cups annually and replaces them with a more planet-friendly alternative.

All inflight beverages on Alaska flights are now served in Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper cups or reusable glassware for most First-Class services. We began the process of eliminating our five largest sources of plastic waste in 2018 by removing plastic straws and stir sticks from inflight service – a first for any airline at the time.

As part of our broader sustainability efforts, Alaska continues to pursue product innovations and supply chain advancements to achieve our 2025 goal of replacing the top five waste-producing items from onboard service and continuing to recycle.

Air France announced its decision to eliminate 1,300 tons of single-use plastic.

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