LATAM makes progress in its sustainability efforts

LATAM continues its sustainable development efforts on board, with changes in its economy class cabin.

The changes allowed the airline eliminate more than 1,200 tonnes of single-use plastics, the equivalent of 36,000 500ml plastic bottles.

The new service aims to implement a more sustainable cabin and envisages significant changes in the materiality of all items on board (cups, cutlery, trays), replacing them with more sustainable materials such as bamboo cutlery, reusable trays, kraft paper wrappers for cutlery, and certified sustainable paper cups.

These changes have been implemented on all LATAM Group regional and long-haul routes, with the airline aiming to phase out single-use plastics used in its operations by 2023.

Meanwhile, on domestic flights in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, LATAM has a program called Recycle Your Trip, whereby cabin crew members separate plastic and cans on board (in Colombia this separation takes place on the ground ).

In the Premium Business airline cabin, changes have been made, including the incorporation of reusable bags to cover rest items and eco-friendly travel kits for passengers, which include a bamboo toothbrush with a plastic lid. candy cane, earplugs with kraft paper wrapper, and socks and eye shields made from recycled plastic.

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Paulo Miranda, LATAM Airlines Group Vice President of Customers said

“Caring for the planet is a challenge for everyone and a necessary destination for LATAM, which is why we have reviewed our services and identified nearly 1,800 tons of single-use plastic on board our international flights. Our teams have mobilized to redefine every detail of our service, bringing positive change for our customers, but also for our planet”,

Reduce the impact

With net zero goals, sustainability in the air continues to be a hot topic as airlines try to find ways to reduce the use of environmentally harmful products or offset their carbon emissions.

The waste in the cabin contributes to this and the objectives that LATAM has set itself to send zero waste to landfill by 2027, reducing and offsetting 50% of national emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 will remain a challenge for the airline.

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