American Airlines Joins Efforts To Eliminate Plastic Straws, Stirrers

American Airlines announced Tuesday that it is joining global corporate and government efforts to reduce plastic waste by removing plastic straws from its airport lounges, the first of several planned steps.

Starting this month, the airline’s lounges will provide customers with compostable straws made out of corn plastic and stir sticks made of wood, a company spokeswoman told HuffPost. The airline will also begin transitioning to environmentally friendly flatware.

In an earlier comment published, the spokeswoman erroneously reported that the straws would be biodegradable and made out of sugar cane.

By November, similar stir sticks made out of sustainable and eco-friendly bamboo will be provided to customers in the air. Customers will also have the option of requesting a plastic straw if needed.

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