Design to Reduce Single-Use Plastic for Airlines

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Industrial design studio PriestmanGoode is replacing single-use plastic on airplanes with products made from ground coffee beans and rice husks in everything from food trays to toiletries.

Priestmangoode, at the design exhibition Get Onboard in London, Reduce, Reuse, Rethink (Think Again) redesigned various elements of its in-car cabin service to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced under their name.


Jo Rowan, PriestmanGoode's director of strategy, said: "We all travel, whether for work or pleasure, it's an integral part of our lives. But what we don't realize is the waste we create as individuals in the process. We produce an average of 500 grams of disposable plastic waste per person on long-haul flights." said.

This is the forecast for global passenger flights each year, from earmuffs and eye masks to toiletries to food waste. This means 5,7 million tons of cabin waste.

It is stated that the starting point of the project and the exhibition is to rethink the food service provided on flights.

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Zero waste With the philosophy of reducing weight and eliminating plastic waste, the studio replaced the materials and various components used to make the food tray with other edible and compostable materials.

The tray itself is produced using ground coffee and lignin, which provides durability in herbs, while the base is made from wheat bran.

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The forks, spoons and knives are crafted from coconut shells, while the glasses are a two-piece design with a reusable outer layer made of rice husks and a PLA binder, with an algae inner side.

Instead of small plastic containers containing sauce and milk, PriestmanGoode this year Made from seaweed, like the edible beverage pods distributed to runners at the London Marathon biodegradable designed capsules.

Some materials have been chosen to reflect the content of the food in them; For example, while the lids on the salads are made of seaweed or banana leaves, wafers are used for the lids used in desserts.

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In this way, all wastes can be kept in the main food container for more efficient composting and disposal.

With this product, the company allows passengers to continue to get what they expect from a great travel experience at a lower environmental cost.

PriestmanGoode's decision to eliminate single-use plastic has been challenged by the UK government. Ban on single-use plastic products such as plastic plates, cutlery, food containers and polystyrene containers by 2019, effective March 2021 The law is said to be guiding.

While the focus of the exhibition is air travel, the ideas are adaptable to all industries.


The company also hopes that the exhibit will show passengers the mass waste impact and encourage them to change consumer behavior while flying.

At Heathrow Airport, for example, the airport could reduce its consumption of plastic bottles by 35 million a year if passengers in the departure lounge filled their bottles from water fountains instead of buying plastic bottles.

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The company has also changed to reduce the single-use plastic bottle, the cap is made of cork, the bottle is refillable, which can be turned into fertilizer by composting. bioplastic designed a water bottle.

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Since the bottle is biodegradable, it is designed for short-term use by passengers to the extent that they can be used during their travels and holidays. Its square shape allows it to fit easily into a pocket on the back of each seat on the plane, while also making it easy to pack, transport and store.

Thanks to this bottle, passengers move by taking water from the water cooler units inside the plane during the flight and their blood circulation is increased.

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A series of animations in the exhibition, rethink Under its heading, it asks passengers to explore different elements of the on-board service, such as sleep accessories, entertainment devices and travel supplies, and consider whether they really need what's on offer.

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While the airline industry has many steps to take to reduce its environmental impact, PriestmanGoode takes the issue of waste prevention and reduction, asking passengers to consider their own consumption habits, using only the long-lasting and reusable products they need.

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