If you’re flying Emirates from June onwards, you’ll never see another plastic straw on board thanks to the new eco-friendly paper straws being introduced on all Emirates flights.

The change is all part of Emirates network-wide commitment to reduce single-use plastics on board its aircraft.

Plastic swizzle sticks and stirrers will also be replaced with eco-friendly alternatives by the end of the year.

From August, plastic bags used for inflight retail purchases will also be replaced with paper bags.

Together, these initiatives will stop a massive 81.7 million single-use plastic items from ending up in landfill each year. Nice work Emirates!

The airline has also been segregating large plastic bottles on board to be recycled in Dubai and the rest of the world.

This diverts an estimated 3 tonnes or about 150,000 plastic bottles from landfill in Dubai each month.


A full review of the plastics on board has been conducted and over the next few months, the airline will gradually implement other initiatives to tackle plastic waste.

This all forms part if Emirates’ ongoing sustainability efforts.

Fun fact, In 2017, Emirates introduced ecoTHREAD blankets made from recycled plastic bottles for its Economy Class cabin.


Each blanket is made from 28 recycled plastic bottles and by the end of this year, Emirates would have saved 88 million plastic bottles from landfill from this initiative alone.


Join us in congratulating Emirates on making these important changes.