GNA feature by
Dubai, June 5,
2019 – June 5, is World Environment Day! Since it began in 1972, it has grown
to become the single largest celebration of our environment each year. As the
United Nations marks the World Environment Day today, it is anticipated that
thousands of communities and organizations across the globe will participate in
the celebration. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Air Pollution”.
The occasion is
being used to urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come
together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air
quality in cities and regions across the world. This is to help create
awareness and cause actions to protect the environment from the harmful effects
of air pollution.
There is no
doubt that like air pollution, the effect of plastic waste on the environment
can be devastating. Fortunately, researchers continue to find innovative ways
of disposing of plastic waste. One of which is recycling them into essential
products for the benefit of mankind.
that those plastic bottles you disposed of could be recycled into a blanket?
Well, Emirates, the world’s leading airline brand has introduced new
sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastics bottles. The soft and
warm blankets are made using ecoThread™ patented technology and now available
for passengers on Economy class on all long-haul Emirates flights.
novelty, Emirates is contributing to protecting the environment from plastic
pollution while fostering recycling and innovation. Essentially, Emirates does
not allow these plastics to go waste and affect the environment but turn them
into blankets that protect humans. Passengers of Emirates have always had the
opportunity to use this blanket.
environmentally-friendly blankets were designed in partnership with Buzz, the
world’s leading inflight product specialists, and are part of Emirates’
continued commitment to product innovation and sustainability. Emirates already
runs a green programme on board recycling aluminum cans, plastic and glass
bottles, and clean paper products such as newspapers, magazines and cardboard
cartons where possible.
By the close of
this year, it is estimated that Emirates ecoTHREAD™ blankets would have rescued
88 million plastic bottles from landfills–equivalent to the weight of 44 A380
aircraft. This initiative makes it the largest sustainable blanket programme on
board in the airline industry. In addition, the manufacturing process of using
recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) reduces energy emissions by 70%.
certified with the Intertek Green Leaf Mark by third party testing and
certification body Intertek, independently verified to use 100% recycled
ecoTHREAD™ blanket for Economy Class completes the recent comforter overhaul
across all three classes.
As the world
celebrates World Environmental Day, Emirates as an agent of change continues to
commit to the sustainability of the environment. For Emirates, sustainability
and eco-efficiency are the cornerstones of its operations both in the air and
on the ground. The ecoThread™ blankets initiative is testament of the airline’s
commitment to environmentally-responsible operations by complying with all
applicable environmental regulations and standards.
At the state of
the Emirates Engineering Centre in Dubai, the airline uses a dry ash technique
to clean its aircraft, saving millions of litres of water each year. Other
initiatives include the installation of one megawatt array of solar photo voltaic
panels which generates over 1, 800 megawatt-hours of electricity every year.
Emirates also operates one of the world’s youngest and most fuel-efficient
fleet of aircraft – a significant investment in reducing its environmental