Alaska Airlines eliminates plastic bottles and cups for water

Alaska Airlines is getting rid of single-use plastic water bottles and cups during water service on flights. 

Instead, the airline will now use plant-based cartons for water and recyclable paper cups for water services. 

The company said the small change gets rid of almost 2 million pounds of plastics from flights, which is equivalent to the weight of 18 Boeing 737s. 

"As a West Coast-based airline, we fly to some of the most beautiful places on earth. Protecting these habitats is critical for our collective future, and reducing plastic waste is a key step," said Diana Birkett Rakow, vice president of public affairs and sustainability for Alaska Airlines. 

Plastic cups will still be used for soda and alcohol.


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