Air Canada eliminating plastic stir sticks by Summer 2019

Feb 1 2019, 1:39 am

Air Canada is making a big push to go green and they’re starting by eliminating millions of the company’s plastic stir sticks.

Starting this summer, the airline will replace the plastic drink stir sticks with wood.

Not only will the move save 35 million sticks annually, but enough plastic will be saved to connect Halifax and Vancouver together, according to the airline.

“Air Canada has made sustainability central to its decision-making and business processes, including acting responsibly with respect to the environment,” says Teresa Ehman, Director of Environmental Affairs at Air Canada.

The replacement sticks will be made of bamboo and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, a not-for-profit that ensures that certain products are made from responsible sources.

Air Canada has also set several environmental targets, with the goal of reducing waste sent to landfills from offices, facilities, and lounges by 20%.

The company has also partnered with graduate students at the University of Toronto, who are in their final year of an MSc in the Sustainability Management Program.

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