American Airlines Latest to Move Away from Using Plastic Straws, Utensils

American Airlines announced Tuesday it will be replacing straws in its lounges and on its planes with biodegradable straws and wooden stir sticks. Photo: courtesy of American Airlines
American Airlines announced Tuesday it will be replacing straws in its lounges and on its planes with biodegradable straws and wooden stir sticks.

July 10, 2018 11:18 AM

American Airlines is the latest to pass on plastic.

American Airlines announced Tuesday it will be replacing straws in its lounges and on its planes with biodegradable straws and wooden stir sticks.

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The airline announced it would also be transitioning to "eco-friendly" flatware instead of plastic utensils.

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"We're very excited and proud to share this initiative with our team members and customers," Jill Surdek, vice president of flight service, said in a statement. "We're cognizant of our impact on the environment, and we remain committed to doing our part to sustain the planet for future generations of travelers."

According to American, the change is expected to eliminate more than 71,000 pounds of plastic used by the airline each year.

The airline hopes to have all changes in place by November.

Starbucks has also announced it plans to eliminate plastic straws at all of its locations within two years.

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Additionally, Seattle officials recently made the move to ban all plastic straws and utensils in its bars and restaurants.

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Other cities, including Fort Meyers, New York and San Francisco have either banned plastic straws or are considering proposals to eliminate them.

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