A couple of our Cupanion team members were on a flight the other day and we were shocked by the number of disposable cups used on the flight…
We did a little research and we found this startling fact. Airline flights in the US use 1 million disposable cups every six hours! An average full, cross country flight will use 350 disposable cups. That is a lot of waste that sometimes is recycled but more often or not ends up in landfills. A typical cross country flight has two in-flight drink services – with two trash services. Most airlines won’t even let you re-use your disposable cup for the second drink service! We personally think this is a little unnecessary.
Now there are numerous reasons why airlines provide disposable cups with their drink service – wether it be for hygienic purposes or the fact that they can split 1 can of soda between two passengers.
– Reduce your airline’s operating costs by eliminating disposable cups.
– Reduce your airline’s waste disposal costs (all those cups need to go somewhere).
– Reduce your environmental impact (your VP of Sustainability would be proud).
Still not convinced about getting rid of cups? There is also the option to offer beverages in reusable glasses. Yes, the initial investment is more expensive and you do need to consider the cost of washing reusable glasses but there are numerous other benefits that need to be considered:
Airlines are constantly looking for new ways to improve their sustainability efforts. Wether it be looking at more sustainable (and costly) fuel options or purchasing more efficient aircrafts (which are also very costly). But very few look at eliminating disposable cups as an option, even though it is such a simple, cost effective way to promote sustainability.
If you’re an airline looking to reduce disposable waste – contact us. We would love to help you develop a plan to eliminate disposable cups from your airline. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888.824.7375