Marking 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Air India Express has stopped using single-use plastic on its flights from 2nd October 2019.
None of us would want to live on a plastic planet. Scientists from University of California have recently warned that the earth is rapidly turning into one such place. We all know that plastic is harmful, but just cannot get rid of it from our life. Why? The problem lies somewhere deeper. No matter how hard we try plastic keep coming back to us in one way or the other every day. This shows the depth and scale of plastic invasion of the earth.
It is estimated that by 2050, there will be around 12 billion tonnes of plastic litter in landfills and the environment. But there is still hope. We still have time to change this story.
The Change is Coming
India’s airlines including the Air India Express are leading the way in discarding single-use plastics.
Marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Air India Express has stopped using single-use plastic on its flights from India, from October 2nd. That means the much familiar plastic bags, plates, cups, straws and water bottles will now start disappearing.
Lunches and snacks provided on Air India Express, which are currently sealed in plastic, will be switched to butter paper wrapping. The plastic wrapper around cakes and slices will simply vanish.
Plastic cutlery will be swapped for eco-friendly birch wood cutlery. Plastic teacups will be switched to paper cups. The 200ml water bottles will be discarded and passengers will be served water in paper glasses. The passengers have been very co-operative towards the initiative.
On Gandhi Jayanti, Prime Minister has stated that India will eradicate ‘single use plastic’ from the country by the year 2022.
We are determined to do our part. Are you?