DEC 30, 2018 7:12 AM PST

The world's first plastic-free flight

The Portuguese airline Hi Fly made new strides this week in the fight against the global plastic crisis when they became the first airline to have a single-use plastic-free flight on Wednesday from Lisbon to Natale, Brazil. “We can no longer ignore the impact plastic contamination has on ecosystems, as well as on human health,” Hi Fly president Paulo Mirpuri told Canadian television network CTV. “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.”

Indeed, as you will watch in the video above, many passengers touted the airline’s decision as a responsible move for sustainability. The flight replaced normal single-use plastics for cups, silverware, food containers, and coffee stirrers with natural bamboo cutlery and compostable containers made of plant-based, renewable, low-carbon, and recycled materials. Hi Fly aims to totally ban single-use plastic from all of their flights in 2019.

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