Whilst many hotels and restaurants, have done away with single-use plastics, airlines remain behind the times, wrapping everything from blankets to dishes in sheets of the stuff. Airline amenity kits, however, are one area where carriers are starting to ditch harmful plastic.
Here are some of our favourite eco-friendly amenity kits of 2019
Buzz / Etihad:- To mark Earth Day this year and raise awareness of the effects of plastic Etihad Airways was the first airline in the region to operate a flight without any single-use plastic on board. In partnership with Buzz, passengers were gifted this sustainable kit containing recycled plastic (rPET) blended eye mask, rPET blended block and a wheat straw toothbrush all packed in a jute (vegetable fiber) bag with an FSC Paper bellyband
Skysupply / Finnair:- Finnair unveiled a new range of eco-friendly amenity kits designed in partnership with Marimekko for Business Class passenger. The kits include products from L:A Bruket – the natural and organic skincare brand from Sweden. The kits contained a toothbrush made from bio-plastic containing cornstarch, plastic wrappings for the earplugs have been replaced with wax paper and the new slippers are a Nordic-style design made entirely from recycled PET plastic bottles.
WESSCO International / Icelandair:- Icelandair celebrates its wonderful Icelandic wildlife with four new eco-friendly kits that honour Iceland’s unique natural inhabitants working closely with WESSCO and skincare company Hannes Dóttir. Each purse is made from a combination of materials including recycled canvas, vegan leather, and felt made from recycled plastic bottles. It contains a toothbrush made from cornstarch-based biodegradable material and socks made from recycled material.
Galileo Watermark / Virgin Atlantic:- Working Galileo Watermark, Virgin’s new Goodie Bags introduced across its fleet in both Upper Class and Premium cabins are made from responsibly sourced FSC certified recyclable kraft paper. They include @Bambuubrush toothbrush, ear plugs in paper packaging, WhiteGlow toothpaste and a Kraft paper pen. And all-natural REN Clean skincare products (supplied by Buzz), which are vegan and use recycled and recyclable packaging.
Anaik /Aircalin:- Aircalin unveiled their new Premium Economy eco-kit, the foldable amenity bag is made from recycled cotton fabric includes all travel essentials such as tube socks, eyeshades, earplugs packed in a paper box, a refreshing towel and a dental kit featuring a toothbrush made of biodegradable material.
Kaelis/Air Europa:- This lit in soft-touch velvet leather material in a neutral grey tone contains a set of cosmetics from The Rerum Natura – a cosmetic collection inspired by authentic formulae that only use pure botanical essential oils to create the clean fragrance for all its products. In addition, all cosmetics packaging is also eco-friendly, presented in Doypack bags with a recycled plastic closing system. In removing all plastic wrapping package from its new Business Class Kit Air Europa reduce’s 1,000-kilo-plastic waste per year.
WESSCO International/Hawaiian Airlines:- Hawaiian Airlines teamed up with Moloka‘i-based brand Kealopiko to launch a new line of in-flight amenities carrying a message of sustainability. The new Premium Economy kit feature bamboo comb and toothbrush together with hand and body balm, lip balm and hydrating mist from Hawaiian Airlines private skincare line, Loli‘i. Eco-friendly paper packaging has replaced plastic
Buzz / Delta:- Delta unveiled updated TUMI business class kits in June along with new products from fragrance house Le Labo. The kits are no longer wrapped in single use plastic, neither are the individual items inside, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, and the LE LABO products come in paper pouches