Qantas and Jetstar will soon be moving to a 100% digital system for all boarding passes.
The Qantas Group announced the change, with the hope of becoming the first airline in the world to reuse, recycle and compost at least 75% of its waste by 2021.
Speaking with news.com.au, a spokeswoman for Qantas described the change.
“It is quite literally a waste, and we have a responsibility to our customers, shareholders and the community to reduce it.”
“We’ve already removed plastic wrapping on our pyjamas and headsets, as well as plastic straws. Even plastic Frequent Flyer cards are going digital.”
“It adds up to millions of items a year because of our scale, and there’s a lot more we can do.”
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce has set the plan to reduce the company’s levels of waste.
“Few industries can eradicate waste completely, but with this program we’re saying that avoidable waste should no longer be an acceptable by-product of how we do business,” Mr Joyce said.
“This isn’t just the right thing to do, it is good for business and will put us ahead of legislative requirements in the various countries we operate in where there is an end-date on various single-use plastics.”
“Some of the best feedback to our efforts so far has been from our crew who see the sheer volume of waste generated in cabins of hundreds of people every day.”
“We’ll be asking for help from our people, customers, suppliers and regulators to help us reach this goal.”