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Trash-Free Flight Has Successful Trial on Australia's Qantas Airways


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Air travel is by no means a low-impact activity — but thanks to increasing efforts by airlines to reduce waste on board, the environmental impact of flying is decreasing day by day. Qantas Airways, Australian's largest airline, recently made history for operating a trash-free flight. Qantas says it's the first airline to run a flight that produced zero landfill waste. 

The trash-free flight took off in Sydney on Wednesday, May 8, and landed in Adelaide a few hours later, according to the Qantas News Room. Qantas says its flights usually use a whopping 1,000 single-use plastic items. But for this flight, the airline substituted the items with a mix of reusable, recyclable, and compostable alternatives. For example, staff distributed food containers made of sugar cane and utensils made of crop starch.