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American Airlines Lays Down the Straw

American adds biodegradable, eco-friendly stir sticks onboard and in lounges

American Airlines has a long history of making sustainable decisions — both on the ground and in the air — and is taking the next step to reduce its impact on the environment through its initiative to reduce the amount of plastic used onboard its planes and in its lounges.

Starting this month, American will eliminate straws from its lounges and instead serve drinks with a biodegradable, eco-friendly straw and wood stir stick. American will also begin transitioning to all eco-friendly flatware within lounges.

In November, change is in the air when the transition from a plastic straw/stir stick that is usually offered during onboard beverage service changes to a stir stick made of sustainable and environmentally friendly bamboo. With these changes, American will eliminate more than 71,000 pounds of plastic per year.

American’s onboard environmental sustainability efforts go back to 1989, when the airline's flight attendants started the industry’s first onboard recycling program. Through this program, American recycles hundreds of thousands of pounds of aluminum per year, with proceeds going to The Wings Foundation, a charitable organization administered by active American Airlines flight attendants to assist fellow flight attendants in times of need. American also transitioned away from plastic foam cups to paper cups in 2015.

“We're very excited and proud to share this initiative with our team members and customers,” said Jill Surdek, Vice President, Flight Service. “We’re cognizant of our impact on the environment and we remain committed to doing our part to sustain the planet for future generations of travelers.”

American Airlines Lays Down the Straw

American Airlines’ new stir stick made of eco-friendly, sustainable bamboo

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at

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