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Plastic has dominated the in-flight experience, but airlines including Iberia and Qantas are experimenting with ways to reduce packaging. Photograph: Jeff Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images
Airlines generated 5.2m tonnes of waste in 2016, most of which went to landfill or incineration – and it cost them £400m.

You probably know about the waste problem in our oceans. But how about the one in our skies?

Airline passengers generated 5.2m tonnes of waste in 2016, most of which went to landfill or incineration, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates. That’s the weight of about 2.6m cars. And it’s a figure set to double over the next 15 years.

Toilet waste is included in that statistic. But so are miniature wine bottles, half-eaten lunch trays, unused toothbrushes and other hallmarks of air travel.

Once a plane has landed, huge volumes of disposable items are thrown away, says Matt Rance, chief executive of MNH Sustainable Cabin Services, a company that advises airlines on waste reduction. “It’s almost like taking a tube, tipping it upside down, emptying it out and then saying ‘right, fill it up with new stuff again’.”

The airline industry has taken flak for its growing greenhouse gas emissions as passenger numbers rise. But could its massive waste footprint be solved without affecting the sector’s growth?

 

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By Olivia Boyd from The Guardian.

 

 

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24 April 2015 – Six indigenous communities have launched an ecotourism initiative that would show off their ancestral forests in a bid to develop alternate economic models that local government in Indonesia could embrace, moving away from extractive industries such as mining and palm oil plantations. The initiative is called GreenIndonesia. Dan Klotz. Read more.

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Cities account for 75% of the world’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. To tackle this, governments increasingly apply legislative measures to reign in carbon emissions and meet internationally agreed targets, while at the same time they commit significant investment towards infrastructure projects that stimulate growth and drive a sustainable global economy.

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Lane Cove River Tourist Park aims to operate an ethical and profitable business that is sustainable, without destroying or depleting natural resources and the natural environment, polluting the environment or taking from the local community and indigenous culture.

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The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa stands out for its commitment to sustainable tourism. It has been EarthCheck Certified since  2006 and, with three years of benchmarking data, has tracked the impact made by improvements and new systems designed to reduce their environmental footprint. Today, the resort is a leader in innovative technology and practices.

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As a major hotel in Hong Kong, Eaton Hotel understands their responsibility to understand, reflect upon and change processes and policies that have the potential to inflict harm on the environment, communities and future generations.

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EarthCheck Case Study: Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong

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Dart River Jet Safaris operates in one of New Zealand’s most picturesque mountainous wilderness areas, on the outskirts of Queenstown. While jet boating requires the use of fossil fuels in order to power the boats, this Maori owned and operated company leverages advancements in fuel injection technologies, and driver training.

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Despite the massive volume of guests and activities at the complex, Coex has become a pioneer in Korea’s green growth industry, achieving many environmental management firsts in Korea and keeping pace with the latest emerging eco-friendly technologies.

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Centro Banamex (Banamex), which is Mexico City’s premier entertainment and exhibition centres, has established itself as one of Mexico’s most environmentally sustainable enterprises and as such, it actively encourages partners, suppliers, clients and visitors to participate in eco-friendly, socially responsible practices.

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Alila Villas Soori is a beachfront five-star resort located along the southwest coast of Bali, within the Tabanan Regency, one of the island’s most fertile and picturesque regions. One of the primary goals of the owner and developer was to ensure that the resort was planned, designed and constructed in an ecologically sensitive manner.

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