Responsible TourismIf initiative goes well, Stansted Airport may replace its full 11 million bags with the compostable material

London airport introduces compostable bags for travel liquids

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Stansted Airport wants to reduce the environmental impact of plastic bags landing up in landfills.
Stansted Airport wants to reduce the environmental impact of plastic bags landing up in landfills.

LONDON – In the name of responsible tourism and sustainability, an airport in London is launching a compostable bag for travellers passing through its security screening.

Since 2006, passengers passing through airports in the United Kingdom are required to place liquids smaller than 100ml in clear, sealed bags separate from scanned luggage. As many countries don’t have the same rule, reported Forbes, foreign passengers often have to use disposable plastic bags provided by these airports when passing through security.

Stansted Airport, just outside London, hands out about 11 million pieces of such plastic bags every year and decided to reduce the environmental impact of these bags landing up in landfills. Hence, it plans to hand out 50,000 compostable bags that are said to be made from material that is compostable.

If the pilot project goes well, Stansted said it may replace its full 11 million bags with the compostable material.

As hotels move away from disposable plastics and airlines explore their own eco-friendly solutions, more pressure may fall on travel industry contributors like airports to also cut back on disposable plastics. 

And if this campaign continues to produce good results, may airports may follow Stansted in its lead.


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