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GREENER TRAVEL: Australia's first plastic-free flight touches down on Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day yesterday, and to raise awareness about the harmful effects of plastic pollution, Etihad Airways pioneered the very first single-use plastic-free flight in the region.

In celebration of Earth Day yesterday, and to raise awareness about the harmful effects of plastic pollution, Etihad Airways pioneered the very first single-use plastic-free flight in the region.

Flight EY484 between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane touched town in the Queensland capital on Earth Day after its historic eco-friendly journey.

Among the green changes were sustainable amenity kits, eco-plush toys for kids, eco-thread blankets and edible coffee cups.

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All cups, cutlery, dishes, headset bags, cart seals and toothbrushes were also be replaced with cleaner alternatives.

Etihad estimates that the ground-breaking flight prevented some 50 kilograms of plastic from clogging up a landfill. HATS OFF TO THE UAE CARRIER.

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So will the changes stick? Well, Etihad has an existing pledge to reduce single-use plastic usage across the entire organisation by 80% in the next three years.

The airline also aims to have 20% of its goal achieved by 1 June 2019 and expects that by the end of the year, it will have removed 100 tonnes of single-use plastics from inflight services.

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Etihad was the second airline to operate an entirely green service after Portugal’s Hi Fly flew the world’s first single-use plastic-free flight from Lisbon to Natal in Brazil over Boxing Day last year.

Join us in congratulating Etihad on their eco-friendly efforts.