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American Airlines says it's getting rid of plastic straws

AP  |  Fort Worth (US) 

says it will stop using straws and drink stirs and replace them with biodegradable alternatives.

American said yesterday that starting this month in its airport lounges it will serve drinks with straw and wood stir sticks and begin moving to what it called eco-friendly flatware.

American, the world's biggest airline, said that in November on board planes it will replace stir sticks with ones made from bamboo. The said the moves will eliminate more than 71,000 pounds of a year.

Alaska Airlines, the fifth-largest US carrier, said in May that it would phase out plastic straws and citrus picks starting this summer and replace them with "sustainable, marine-friendly alternatives."

Larger US airlines Delta, United and still use plastic straws, according to representatives of those carriers.

Some cities have banned plastic straws because they are often not recycled and wind up as trash in landfills and oceans.

and other companies have recently announced they will phase out plastic straws and polystyrene foam cups from its stores by 2020.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 04:00 IST