The Mirpuri Foundation, principle sustainability partner of the Volvo Ocean Race Sustainabilty Programme, has revealed that the Hi Fly airline will eliminate the use of avoidable and single use plastics on their aircraft and in their offices before the end of 2019.
The Mirpuri Foundation are committed to address the effects single-use plastics are having on the health of our oceans and are sponsors of the Turn the Tide on Plastic boat which is collecting data on Ocean health as it takes part in the round the world Race.
The airline, owned by the same group as the not for profit Mirpuri Foundation, has pledged to contribute to a more responsible and sustainable planet by working to address ocean plastic pollution.
Hi Fly President Paulo Mirpuri, said: “Up until now, human beings have believed the ocean is an inexhaustible source of food and pleasure as well as a limitless garbage dump. The reality however, is that the ocean has its limits, and they are very close to being reached. We can no longer ignore the impact plastic contamination has on ecosystems, as well as on human health.”
Since the summer of 2017 the airline has been putting forward a number of initiatives aimed at raising awareness and fighting against the single use of plastic.
The airline painted one of its Airbus A330, which is now flying all over the world, with the message “Turn the Tide on Plastic” in support of the United Nations “Clean Seas” campaign.
The aircraft and boat both feature a side in a dark blue overlaid with images representing “pollution” while the other side is painted in a lighter blue representing a cleaner, pristine ocean. Through this initiative, Hi Fly is raising awareness, alongside the Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Programme and Science Programme, supported by Volvo Cars, to eliminate marine litter and plastic from our oceans.
Internally, action has also been taken to adjust procedures and involve the company’s employees in the campaign.
Paulo Mirpuri added: “We started off with small initiatives such as installing water stations throughout our headquarters and other facilities, and distributing reusable water bottles to our employees.
“We’ve now been moving towards implementing new measures and processes that completely remove the use of plastic in all possible ways.”
Johan Salen, President of the Volvo Ocean Race, said: “To make progress in eradicating single-use plastics we need trailblazing companies to lead the way and Hi Fly is doing just that by announcing its intention to become the world’s first plastic-free airline.
“By working with the Mirpuri Foundation, Volvo Ocean Race and the Turn the Tide on Plastic boat are also amplifying the message that it is imperative to solve the plastic problem and we would encourage others to join our mission.”