American Airlines Eliminates Plastic Straws in Favor of Bamboo Alternatives

American Airlines have announced that starting immediately drinks in its airport lounges will no longer be served with single use plastic straws and stirrers and will instead feature biodegradable straws and stirrers. The phase-out onboard its planes will begin later this year with single use plastic straws and stirrers to be replaced by environmentally friendly bamboo.

Bamboo is being turned to to reduce the environmental impact of both the aviation and hotel industries.

“We’re cognizant of our impact on the environment and we remain committed to doing our part to sustain the planet for future generations of travelers,” Jill Surdek, vice president of flight service, said in a statement.

This is the latest in the positive trend of airlines and the hotel industry moving towards phasing out single use plastics. But the question remains - where are all these bamboo based sustainable alternatives going to originate, and at what cost?