Alaska Airlines becomes first U.S. airline to eliminate plastic cups on board January 25, 2023 Making Progress Our path to net zero Sustainability Alaska Airlines 2 min read Share Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) Plastic cups? We sent ‘em packing. Today, we’re excited to announce the completion of our transition to paper cups for inflight beverages, a move which eliminates more than 55 million plastic cups annually and replaces them with a more planet-friendly alternative. By partnering with Boxed Water™ and serving beverages in responsibly-sourced paper cups, we’re saving more than 2.2 million pounds of plastic from landfills a year, the equivalent weight of 24 Boeing 737s. Here are some of the ways we’re eliminating our top sources of plastic waste on board to reduce our impact on the environment and help keep the places we live & fly beautiful: Eliminating plastic cups on board with responsibly-sourced paper cups. Replacing plastic water bottles with Boxed Water™. Learn more Encouraging guests to #FillBeforeYouFly to plant more trees. Learn more Ditching plastic straws & stir sticks in 2018. Learn more All inflight beverages on Alaska flights are now served in Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper cups or reusable glassware for most First-Class services. We began the process of eliminating our five largest sources of plastic waste in 2018 by removing plastic straws and stir sticks from inflight service – a first for any airline at the time. As part of our broader sustainability efforts, Alaska continues to pursue product innovations and supply chain advancements to achieve our 2025 goal of replacing the top five waste-producing items from onboard service and continuing to recycle. In 2021, Alaska established climate goals for its impacts in carbon, waste, and water while defining a five-part pathway to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 to keep the places we live and fly beautiful and viable for generations to come. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) Related Comments Wonderful! I applaud your efforts to reduce plastic use. This is good and is a movement that needs momentum. Your efforts help with that. Thanks, Alaska Airlines, for continuing to care about the environment. Great News! Alaska Airlines are the BEST. Comments are closed.