SAS claims to care deeply about the environment. Here’s a suggestion to quickly eliminate unnecessary waste…not just talk about it.
To combat its perception as a polluter, SAS has taken several steps, including:
- Seeking to use more biofuel (whatever that means…)
- Replacing older, less-fuel-efficient aircraft (MD80s were retired)
- Switching heavier seating for lighter, slimline seating
- Investing in energy projects that counteract the CO2 emissions generated by its Eurobonus loyalty program members
- Asking customers to pre-book food (to avoid waste and extra weight onboard)
- More plant-based dishes
- Locally-sourced ingredients
- Frequent changes to onboard meals (4x week), since they are fresh and based upon seasonal ingredients [on shorthaul flights]
- Drink stirrers made of wood rather than plastic
- Eliminating hot towels on short-haul flights
On that last point, Linnea Malmberg, SAS’s head of Onboard Concept and Service, said:
We are stopping with the hot towel service on short-haul flights because it’s a waste.
I disagreed, but speaking of waste…
Earlier this week, I wrote about my recent SAS flight from Copenhagen to Reykiviak. Breakfast was served in SAS Plus after takeoff in a paper container with a lot of plastic:
Here’s what I was left with after breakfast:
That’s certainly a lot of paper and plastic waste!
Why not invest in reusable containers…dare I say real dishes and glasses…for meal service? I doubt the extra weight to carry and water to sanitize such dishes and glasses would be worse than all the waste created by each passenger now. It would also create a more premium appearance.
While I would not label this an urgent matter, I still think that SAS could make more sensible and environmentally-friendly cuts than hot towels…
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