The aviation industry is undoubtedly a contributor to CO2 emissions. And while the industry is not necessarily the largest contributor, (according to the EPA, transportation accounts for 26% of CO2 emissions) it definitely adds to the ever increasing problem. That being said, several airlines are searching for ways to decrease the carbon footprint left by their large airplanes. From newly designed, energy-efficient engines to studying the use of biofuels, the aviation industry has recognized its footprint, and is attempting to create solutions to combat the issue. One of the more unique ways the industry is trying to become more environmentally friendly comes in the form of blankets.
Made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, the new ecoTHREAD blankets are designed by creative agency Buzz. Each individual blanket is spun from 28 plastic bottles that have been broken down into tiny pieces, then melted into a liquid, and finally spun into yarn. The blankets are to be handed out by Emirates to economy class passengers on long-haul flights.
In creating these blankets, Emirates hopes to reduce the carbon footprint left by its airline. According to the company, by implementing the blankets on future flights, they will have saved more than 88 million plastic bottles from landfills.
This is not the first time that an airline has used the ecoTHREAD blankets. Australian airline Jetstar Airways was the first to use the blankets on flights last year. And while this is a great way to become eco-friendlier, this is also not the first time that airlines have recycled products. For example, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines had their old uniforms turned into carpets for their airplanes while American Airlines has reused their old plastic windows by melting them down to pellets in order to create toys.
Innovations such as these are what can make the difference; innovations like these steer us toward not only a cleaner and greener airline industry, but toward a healthier planet. And while airlines are devising even better ways of decreasing their direct CO2 emissions, such as the PurePower engine, recycling old parts and plastics is definitely a step in the right direction.