Back in April, Etihad became the first airline in the Gulf to operate a plastic-free flight in honour of Earth Day. Fast-forward two months and the airline industry seems to be taking note. Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) have pledged to eliminate single-use plastic from the majority of businesses by January 1, 2020.
In a video shared to their social media on World Environment Day, Eugene Barry, executive vice president of Commercial at Dubai Airports said, “As the world’s busiest international airport, we’re making a commitment to reduce or eliminate plastic waste. From January next year we intend to eliminate single-use disposable plastics from most of our businesses.”
On #WorldEnvironmentDay, June 5 2019, we collaborated with over 106 businesses operating at @DXB to showcase the positive impact that can be made by eliminating practices and materials that can harm the environment. https://t.co/IJU2odTVfI— Dubai Airports (@DubaiAirports) June 10, 2019
“At an airport that hosts some 90 million people per year, we believe we can make a tangible difference by eliminating single-use plastics in consumer spaces,” he adds.
Last week, for World Environment Day, Dubai Airports worked with 106 businesses operating at DXB to prevent the distribution of more than 150,000 straws, the equivalent of 30,000 metres of plastic.