TAP has just launched a two-year program to reduce disposable plastics in the Airline. There are several initiatives, under the motto "Beat Plastic Pollution", defined by the United Nations for this year's World Environment Day, which was celebrated last Tuesday.
The Company follows the strategies defined at European level – the European Union approved at the end of last month a directive to combat disposable plastics by introducing a ban on the use of plastics in certain products (cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink shakers, plastic sticks for balloons, will have to be manufactured exclusively from more sustainable raw materials) – but also at national level – the Assembly of the Republic has recommended to the Government, earlier this year, to consider the end of the use of disposable plastic crockery in the catering industry.
The disposable plastic items used by the Airline, both on board and at the Campus, are being identified, in order to seek more environmentally sustainable solutions with, at the same time, a low economic impact for TAP.
Reducing plastic consumption at TAP
In 2017, more than 2 million disposable plastic articles were used at TAP, on board and on the ground, by Customers and Employees. This means cutlery kits, plastic straws, coffee cups, spoons, cups and others.
On board, it is planned to replace plastic bags with paper bags, plastic mixing sticks with another type of sticks, and plastic straws with paper straws.
At TAP’s cafeteria, there will be available stainless-steel bowls for soup, glass bowls for dessert and stainless-steel tablespoons. All these items thus become reusable and washable.
Also at TAP Campus, coffee machines now have paper cups, replacing plastic ones.
TAP thus begins a two-year plan that will significantly reduce the Company's ecological footprint, on the road to a greener and more sustainable future.
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