Australian airline Qantas flies zero-waste flight

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Australian airline Qantas completed its first zero-waste flight from Sydney to Adelaide on the 8th of May 2019. This test flight was part of the airline’s scheme to cut 100 million single-use plastics by 2021 as well as reduce their waste by 75 per cent by 2022.

All the products on the flight were composted, reused or recycled. More than 1,000 single-use plastic items were replaced with sustainable alternatives while some were removed altogether, including vegemite and individually-packaged servings of milk.

Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David stated that “this flight is about testing our products, refining the waste process and getting feedback from our customers.”

This was not the first time a zero-waste flight occurred. In December of 2018, Portuguese airline Hi Fly flew the first ever single-use-plastic-free-flight from Lisbon to Natal, Brazil.