Emirates introduces sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles
February 2, 2017: Airline giant Emirates has introduced new sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, using ecoTHREAD patented technology.
Each Emirates ecoTHREAD blanket is made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. With the latest innovation, the bottles are recycled into plastic chips before being turned into yarn, creating a polar fleece material. The fine thread is then woven into soft blankets.
The environmentally-friendly blankets were designed in partnership with Buzz, the world’s leading inflight product specialists. The airline already runs a green programme on board recycling aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles, and clean paper products such as newspapers, magazines and cardboard cartons.
By the end of 2019, Emirates ecoTHREAD blankets would have rescued 88 million plastic bottles from landfills. In addition, the manufacturing process of using recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) reduces energy emissions by 70%. ecoTHREAD is certified with the Intertek Green Leaf Mark by third party testing and certification body Intertek, independently verified to use 100% recycled materials.
The Emirates ecoTHREAD™ blanket for Economy Class completes the recent comforter overhaul across all three classes. The airline introduced a plush, faux sheep-skin blanket in First Class and soft duvets in Business Class.