After a period that has further highlighted some of the unsustainable aspects of travel, airlines are looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact, beyond issues of carbon offsetting and fuel consumption. Delta is among those leading the charge, and this month the US carrier is introducing four eco-friendly pieces of equipment to its cabins that together will reduce single-use plastic consumption onboard Delta by nearly five million pounds per year. year.
Regulars of Premium cabins will be able to take advantage of most of these new additions. First things first: Travelers in the Delta One Superior cabin can now get cozy on new soft and plush bedding made from 100% recyclable materials. Each blanket and pillow set is made from over 100 recycled plastic bottles, which will result in Delta using approximately 25 million recycled bottles per year.
Forward cabin passengers will also find a new gift waiting for them in their Delta One cocoons: handcrafted toiletry bags created in partnership with Someone Somewhere, a Mexican clothing brand and Certified B Corporation. Replacing the current Tumi amenity kits, these handmade bags will contain five sustainable wellness-focused products, including a Someone Somewhere eye mask, Grown Alchemist natural lip balm and hand cream and the bamboo toothbrush and natural toothpaste from Humble Co. The bag itself is made from recycled cotton yarn that would otherwise have been discarded.
Besides their environmental benefit, the zipperless kits also demonstrate the airline’s commitment to social and cultural impact. “The partnership really goes beyond a nice amenity kit,” said Sam Sibble, director of supply chain management at Delta Air Lines. Robb Report. “Not only do Someone Somewhere make beautiful products that will help us reduce the use of plastic on board, they are also incredibly people-focused by providing sustainable jobs for artisans.”
It’s a novel approach in a sky full of designer and luxury partnerships. Someone Somewhere works with independent artisans in Mexico, primarily women, to empower them as independent and earning leaders in their communities. Each onboard comfort kit comes with a QR code that passengers can scan to meet and even send a direct message to the craftsman who made their products.
Antonio Nuno, CEO and co-founder of Someone Somewhere, tells Robb Report that he hopes Delta’s efforts can help travelers become more aware of the products they consume. “My generation and the next see sustainability and social impact as the new luxury,” he adds.
Delta is also rolling out biodegradable bamboo cutlery this year on first-class domestic and select international flights, reducing annual plastic use by up to four million pounds, as well as premium aluminum canned wines. of Imagery Estate Winery. Launching first on select flights and then on all domestic routes, the two canned wine options (one red, one white) will help reduce up to 250,000 pounds of plastic use per year.