Air­line’s eco-blan­ket cover is no yarn

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA

YOU CAN now jet off in com­fort while mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to­wards sus­tain­abil­ity.

Emi­rates Air­lines has in­tro­duced new sus­tain­able blan­kets made from re­cy­cled ma­te­rial.

Those trav­el­ling econ­omy class on all the air­line’s long-haul flights will be able to snug­gle up with the blan­ket, which is made from 100% re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles.

“The soft and warm blan­kets are made us­ing eco-THREAD-patented tech­nol­ogy,” said South­ern Africa Emi­rates regional man­ager Fouad Caun­hye.

He said each blan­ket was made from 28 re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles. “The bot­tles are re­cy­cled into plas­tic chips be­fore be­ing turned into yarn, cre­at­ing a po­lar fleece ma­te­rial.” Then the fine thread is wo­ven into soft blan­kets.

Caun­hye said that in the long term, the eco-friendly blan­kets would make a sub­stan­tial im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

“By the end of 2019, the blan­kets will have res­cued 88 mil­lion plas­tic bot­tles from land­fills… this ini­tia­tive makes it the largest sus­tain­able blan­ket pro­gramme in the air­line in­dus­try.”

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