MONTREAL , Sept. 25, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – More than 345 volunteers including Air Canada employees took part in the first Air Canada-sponsored public cleanup in Canada on Sept. 22 at British Columbia’s Garry Point Park . In the span of a few hours, the following was removed from the shoreline:

29 plastic cups
1374 styrofoam pieces
48 plastic bottles
173 bottle caps
481 plastic bags
32 plastic cutlery pieces
159 straws
931 cigarette butts
1 tire
1 car bumper
2 lawn chairs

“We commend the participants who came together and braved the rain to achieve these results, leaving another community ocean shoreline in better condition. Air Canada’s environment commitments include reducing its use of single-use plastics and as part of a multi-pronged strategy, we have partnered with 4ocean, an organization which seeks to reduce plastic and trash pollution in oceans around the world,” said Teresa Ehman , Senior Director, Environmental Affairs at Air Canada.

Air Canada has committed to doing business more sustainably. One goal was to identify all single-use plastics items used onboard flights to determine whether each single-use plastic item is truly necessary and whether there’s a more sustainable alternative or a possible change in process that would result in using less plastic.

So far, Air Canada has said #BonVoyagePlastic to 36.8 million single-use plastic items in 2019 by switching from plastic stir sticks onboard flights to sustainable wood ones, phasing out the plastic wrap from its amenity kits and removal of plastic from children’s packs.

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