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Goodbye, Plastic: Dine Greener Aboard HK Express

When it comes to the inflight travel experience, traditional meal packaging is one of the largest contributors to waste. But HK Express is working hard to create a sustainable solution; environmentally friendly inflight meal boxes and cups, made with compostable materials before implementation in September.

After a rigorous selection and testing process, Hong Kong’s homegrown low-cost carrier HK Express will choose which materials to use when crafting its new inflight dining ware. For meal boxes, HK Express will choose between bamboo and Kraft paper, which both have excellent eco credentials.

One of the world’s most versatile renewable resources, bamboo requires zero pesticides, chemical fertilisers or irrigation to cultivate and is known to thrive in a wide range of environments.

It is also deodorising, anti-bacterial, and doubles as an air purifier, absorbing carbon dioxide and replacing it with oxygen. In fact, bamboo produces at least 30 per cent more oxygen than the average tree.

HK Express is also planning to replace its cups with a sustainable alternative. The airline has narrowed it down to a combination of PEFC-certified paper with a PLA coating, or FSC-certified paper with PE coating.