United Airlines recently announced that it would abandon the supply of plastic straws and stir bars on the aircraft because of concerns that plastic waste would pose a threat to environmental pollution and wildlife.
Starting in November this year, the third largest airline in the United States will provide bamboo products in one of the cabins to replace disposable plastic straws and agitators. The airline, the third-largest airline in the United States, operates 4,600 flights a day and shipped 1.48 billion passengers last year.
United refused to say whether these bamboo sticks and blenders were more expensive than plastics, but said they were slightly heavier. American Airlines, the world's largest airline, took similar steps in July this year and said it would provide plastic substitutes and stir bars in its lounge.
In May of the same year, Alaska Airlines announced that it would abandon the plastic mixer made of white birch and start using bamboo products.
The trend of ban on food, beverage and food is obvious
The airline’s shift to other materials on board and in the lounge reflects the restaurant and food and beverage industries. In these industries, several companies have promised to use alternatives that can replace plastic straws or plastic packaging. For example, Starbucks said in July this year that by 2020, all its coffee shops will ban the use of plastic straws. Month Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, has banned the use of plastic straws, cutlery and cocktail decorations.
In addition, from Marriott to Hyatt, from Carrefour to McDonald's, more and more companies have issued bans on the use of plastic straws.