PriestmanGoode, a London-based firm, has launched an in-flight meal tray for passengers. As part of its ‘Get Onboard: Reduce. Reuse. Rethink’ project. The meal tray is fully made up of biodegradable constituents. They make trays of coffee grounds, they make salad box lids from materials like banana leaves and algae. Single-use plastics from onboard meal services are managed with various aims while creating the concept.

These partially edible, stylish plastic-free in-flight meal trays reduce airline waste and encourage airlines and passengers to address the plastic issue in the sky.

PriestGoode has specialised in industrial design for the transport and aviation industry along with a focus on environmental innovations. The latest innovation at the Design Museum in London reconnoitres the problem of waste in travel and sees how development in environmental materials will make the industry more feasible.

Econyl, regenerated nylon yarn is prepared from fishing nets, seaweed yarn and pineapple wood and Tasman recycled glass, etc., and contains materials.

Over 5.7 million tonnes of cabin waste is created by passengers on flights every year from plastics in amenities kits to meal trays and ear pods. Suppliers, green enterprises and changes in consumer action can transform across all over Transport modes.

We can transform an unimaginable amount of waste into compostable rather than ending up inland, and this will save power and resources. The aviation industry is one of the worst felons in carrying single-use-plastic free and waste-free flights.

PriestmanGoode has also created a water flask made of cork and bio-plastic beside a meal tray. This flask can be reused for a short period and can get fitted into the pocket. The primary aim of creating these biodegradable items is to eliminate the millions of plastics sold at airports every year that make in-flight eco-friendly.

What positive impact can be expected?

If passengers in airport departure lounges refilled bottles from water fountains instead of purchasing plastic bottles, the airport estimated that it could cut its plastic bottle consumption by 35 million per year.

Singhal Bhoomi Pawan