Serviceware and food packaging developer deSter and speciality materials company Eastman have linked to introduce reusable in-flight drinkware to the airline industry.

The packaging uses Tritan Renew, a speciality plastic manufactured with recycled molecular copolyester.

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The development process breaks down plastic waste back into its basic chemical building blocks, allowing plastics to be repeatedly recycled.

In the airline industry, plastics must be able to endure a relatively harsh cycle of transportation, onboard use and cleaning via commercial dishwashing.

Having more items that can last through the airline’s usage cycle while also retaining a high-end look will not only allow airlines to reduce waste but to maintain a premium experience for travellers.

Eastman commercial director for plastics Dirk DeSantis commented: “This partnership reflects our shared vision for driving the systems change necessary to create new solutions that eliminate single-use plastic waste for the circular economy.”

deSter sustainability director Philippe De Naeyer added: “The airline industry generates 6.1m tons of plastic waste per year, representing 2% of the world’s plastic waste and more than 50% of aircraft waste. We see tremendous potential to eliminate this waste with reusable service ware.”

The International Air Transport Association recently released a report on the use and impacts of single-use plastic products and packaging in the airline industry.