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Hi Fly is the world’s first airline with 100% plastic-free flights

Updated: Jan 7, 2021

Plastic-free flights are now a reality!

Hi Fly has removed all single-use plastic products from their flights.

Every year, more than 100,000 planes fly across the world each day. In 2017, commercial airlines carried more than four billion passengers. This number is forecasted to double in the next 20 years!

Have you ever thought about how many single-use plastic products are used on a plane? Did you know that more than 300 kilos of waste is produced each flight? After we arrive in our destinations, all this single-use waste just gets dumped into landfills and sit there, idly, for generations. Imagine how much plastic waste we could avoid if we said NO to those single-use plastics.

Well, we don't have to say NO anymore, because Hi Fly said it for us!

On December 26th, 2018, Portuguese charter airline Hi Fly operated the first plastic-free flight in the world, from Lisbon to Natal (Brazil), with no single-use plastic on board!

You read that correctly! No plastic cups, plastic forks and spoons, no plastic coffee stirrers, and no plastic food containers. The carrier replaced plastic cutlery and containers with bamboo and compostable alternatives made by Vegware.

That first flight in 2018 was a test to see whether or not an airline can fly with no plastic waste. After that, Hi Fly airline conducted further tests on 16 flights and saved 1500 kg of single-use plastic.

The company vowed to implement a single-use plastic-free policy on all of its flights by the end of 2019, and that is exactly what they did! Since January 1st, 2020, all flights operated by Hi Fly airlines are completely free of single-use plastic.

“We can no longer ignore the impact plastic contamination has on ecosystems, as well as on human health. We know, too, from the feedback we have received from client airlines and passengers, that it’s the right thing for the airline to be doing.” Hi Fly President Paulo Mirpuri said.

According to recent studies, more and more consumers, whether they are in big or small markets, developed or developing nations, are increasingly more motivated to make the environmentally conscious decision when purchasing goods and services.

In fact, according to a survey by Nielsen, an insane 81% of respondents said that they firmly believe that companies should help improve the environment. All genders and generations share this passion for corporate social responsibility and global change. Statistically, Millenial, Gen Z, and Gen X are the most supportive, but their older counterparts aren't far behind.

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