There’s never been a more important time to think sustainably.
Delta is the latest airline to announce new measures and has decided to focus on some of its onboard soft products, starting with new sustainable Delta One amenity kits, Delta One bedding, cutlery, and premium canned wine.
“Decisions we make on every aspect of our product are opportunities to make good on 2 core promises: to deliver exceptional customer experiences and build a better future for people and our planet,” said Allison Ausband, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Experience Officer at Delta.
You’ll find some of the new products on board Delta flights before the end of January 2022.
Let’s find out more.
Sustainability Is Key
Delta One Amenity Kits
Delta’s new Delta One amenity kits are made by Someone Somewhere — a Mexican brand specializing in traditional Mexican handcrafts and innovation.
As of February, the brand-new zipless amenity kit with zero packaging will be handed out to passengers sitting up front.
The products found inside will be made by a mixture of sustainably-focussed brands, including a Someone Somewhere eye mask and Grown Alchemist natural lip balm and hand lotion, as well as a Humble Co. bamboo toothbrush.
Delta One Bedding
If you’ve flown Delta One since December 2021, then you might have already spotted the new bedding sets that are each made with more than 100 plastic bottles.
Despite being made from plastic, Delta One’s premium bedding remains as soft and comfortable as ever.
Perhaps one of the most wasteful uses of plastic is for cutlery.
Delta has taken action in this domain also by introducing bamboo cutlery in domestic first class.
For now, the cutlery will be given with packaged meals in domestic first class and on some international flights.
The plan is to roll the bamboo cutlery out in every Main Cabin international flight as the year goes on. This will be in addition to dishware made out of biodegradable material and a premium paper placemat.
Imagery Estate Winery Premium Canned Wine
The final new addition will be premium canned wine by Sonoma-based winery, Imagery Estate.
Imagery Estates Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, served in aluminum cans, will start to appear on some transcontinental flights in January 2022.
The sustainably-produced wines will then appear on all domestic flights later in 2022.
It’s great to see Delta — one of the world’s largest airlines — taking its impact on the environment seriously.
“These latest additions deliver something unique to our customers, reduce our environmental impact and enable job creation for the communities we serve around the world,” said Ausband.
All told, the switching out of plastic in favor of sustainable materials will reduce the amount of single-use plastic on board Delta flights annually by almost 5 million pounds — that’s the equivalent of 5 almost fully loaded Airbus A380s!
Hopefully, this is just the start of many an environmentally-conscious announcement by Delta.
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