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A look inside the world of rapidly renewable materials. 

Green Flights Set Sail: Bamboo Fiber Leads New Era of Sustainable Civil Aviation

The civil aviation industry is making changes for a green and low-carbon aviation. From tableware to packaging and even cabin supplies, bamboo fiber has demonstrated the perfect blend of natural essence and technology in reducing single-use plastics. 

This not only significantly reduces the generation of plastic waste, but also enhances the green flight experience for passengers, demonstrating the civil aviation industry's strong commitment to sustainable development. Between the shadows of the bamboo, flights travel lightly, leading to a new style of air travel in the future and moving towards a cleaner and greener sky.

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Green and Sustainable Development of Global Civil Aviation

According to statistics, carbon dioxide emissions from the aviation industry account for 2-3% of global CO2 emissions. In order to better respond to climate change and achieve carbon neutrality as soon as possible, many governments, international organizations and industry associations are actively advocating and promoting the green transformation of the civil aviation industry.

China has introduced a series of plans and policies for the low-carbon and sustainable development of the civil aviation industry. Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued the "Civil Aviation Industry Plastic Pollution Control Work Plan (2021-2025)" and the "14th Five-Year Plan for Green Development of Civil Aviation", and the China Air Transport Association (CATA) has recently issued the group standard "Standards for the Substitution of Single-Use, Non-degradable Plastic Products on Domestic Passenger Flights" (T/CATAGS 78-2024) to further standardize the use of single-use plastic products on domestic flights, which further regulates the discontinuation of the provision of non-degradable single-use plastic straws, stirrers, cups, packaging, etc..


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently released a report entitled "Reassessing single-use plastic products in the airline sector", which aims to help airlines, regulators and the supply chain to reduce the environmental impact of single-use plastic products. 

The report promotes the reduction and replacement of single-use plastics to reduce waste and litter at the source, as well as increasing material recycling rates and reusable products.

Report © IATA

Single-Use Plastic Supplies of the Plane © IATA

Airline’s Green Initiatives

Air Canada

Air Canada recognizes that it must do its part to reduce its environmental footprint. Air Canada is committed to working towards its ambitious net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal from all global operations by 2050 and to continue the action ‘leave less and do more’.

Air Canada is committed to reducing the waste, generating and integrating responsible disposal practices across the whole operations. They minimize single-use plastics by rethinking the supply chain, and as of now, they removed 47.8 million single-use plastic items from the flights. As planned, there will be 20% GHG net reductions from air operations compared to 2019 baseline by 2030.

© Air Canada

China Southern

China Southern Airlines has taken the lead in drafting the " Standards for the Substitution of Single-Use, Non-degradable Plastic Products on Domestic Passenger Flights", which is the first group standard on plastic restriction in China's civil aviation industry, and is of great significance in the green development of civil aviation. 

China Southern has stopped supplying single-use plastic straws, stirrers, tableware and packaging in terminals, lounges and domestic passenger flights, and the consumption of single-use plastics has been significantly reduced. 

In addition to policies and regulations, China Southern has also set up a "Social Responsibility Day" and organizes corresponding activities every year. On the recently 7th Social Responsibility Day, which was also Earth Day 2024, China Southern and its passengers worked together to reduce single-use plastic waste and carbon emissions during their journeys through "green flights", practicing the concept of low-carbon environmental protection.

© China Southern

Xiamen Air

Xiamen Air is the first airline in the world to cooperate with the United Nations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

On Earth Day 2024, Xiamen Air operated a special "Bamboo Sea on the Clouds" themed flight, actively carrying out a series of air-to-ground activities, integrating the cabin decoration with elements of bamboo forests and human settlements, and presenting passengers with beautifully hand-woven bamboo products to convey and promote the action of "bamboo instead of plastic" to travelers at 10,000 meters high. 

Xiamen Air has taken environmental upgrading measures on board to reduce single-use plastic waste and integrate the concepts of green cabin, green travel and green sustainable development into daily flight operations.

“Bamboo Sea on the Clouds”flight © Meng Zhuang

The civil aviation industry is gradually moving towards the goal of "Zero Carbon" through energy conservation, use of clean energy, reduction of waste and garbage throughout the entire process, and the use of biodegradable supplies to replace non-degradable single-use plastics.

altPlus Fiber® Contributes to Green Flights

altPlus Fiber's PurBam® and BaMatrix® encompass bamboo pulp and bamboo ecopolymer materials that can replace many onboard items that use single-use plastics.

Pulp Mealboxes(bamboo fiber)

Pulp Mealplate, bowls(bamboo fiber)

Bamboo cutlery and bamboo fiber straws

Bamboo Tray

Degradable Bamboo Film Packaging

Toothbrushes and slippers

Pulp molded medical supplies and packaging

altPlus Fiber's full line of products, with its high quality, biodegradable, new technology and ecofriendly features, will become a major contributor to the sustainable development of civil aviation!

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