American Airlines Cargo has announced its transition to BioNatur Plastics, launched by M&G Packaging, for use in its cargo operations.
The carrier has already begun replacing its current plastic products with the BioNatur brand across most of its major hubs, an adoption that has allowed the company to reduce its long-term plastic waste in landfills by more than 130,000 lbs. or 6.4 million water bottles, in 2022.
The biodegradable plastic is currently in use for cargo operations in Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Miami International Airport (MIA), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), with plans to continue adopting the plastic across its network.
BioNatur Plastics is growing its line of biodegradable products which are manufactured using ‘proprietary formulations’ which allow for more ‘sustainable’ materials, compared to regular plastics.
The end products are fully recyclable in normal waste collection streams, and with added strength, the plastics can be used in thinner amounts – thus minimising the quantity of plastic use overall.
Greg Schwendinger, President of American Airlines Cargo said: “Replacing our cargo-use plastic products with BioNatur Plastics drastically reduces the waste we leave behind and is an important step in our airline goal toward a more sustainability future.”
Adding, Charles Rick, President of BioNatur said: “BioNatur Plastics can drastically help reduce the amount of trash we leave behind on this earth that can lie for centuries in a landfill, or worse, turn into harmful microplastics.
“We are excited to have American Airlines alongside us as we work to reduce plastic waste in landfills.”