MORE ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES PLEASE!
After reading Robert Curley’s article “American Airlines to replace plastic straws with greener substitutes”, published on July 14 at businesstraveller.com, I hope this move to replace plastic straws will incite more measures to moderate thoughtless plastic waste generated by airlines.
Aside from being bad for the environment, the costs of manufacturing, packaging and transportation to landfill or recycling all incur higher ticket prices. Do canned and bottled drinks really need to come with a plastic glass to be poured into (unless those beverages need to be further chilled on ice)? Is there a health risk from drinking directly from the lip of a can or bottle after being handled by serving staff ?
Worse still are the unused plastic knives and forks in sealed envelopes that automatically come with finger foods such as sandwiches and brownies. I have yet to see anyone cut their cold, bite-sized snacks with these redundant implements.
Convenience is a poor excuse for handing out a range of unnecessary dining implements to all passengers just to satisfy the odd passenger who demands a set (for God knows what reason).
On that note – can we look at the content of these snacks, too? On a recent 11am flight from Brisbane to Melbourne (landing at 1.25pm) the only choice was a packet of Kez’s Kitchen “baked bikkie bites”. With diabetes and obesity on the rise, Qantas is perpetuating unhealthy dietary habits to impressionable youths like the large boy who sat next to me and ate his biscuits with hungry vigour.
It’s these youths who surely will mature into burgeoning adults with spilling girths who invade the miserly space available to the rest of us. So I’d also like to see more non-sugary and low-fat options for the high prices we pay to board the Flying Kangaroo.
Joseph Ting, Australia