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    Conscious use of resources

    When it comes to the resources we use, we care about every stage of the journey. From how raw materials are produced, to how we recycle waste products, we are constantly improving our operations and procedures.

    Rethinking the use of plastic

    Plastic is versatile, cost-effective and light, which is useful for the aviation industry because the reduction of in-flight weight leads to less fuel use and carbon emissions. However, plastics take a long time to degrade and are clearly harmful to the environment if treated irresponsibly.

    We adopt the 4R approach to plastic:


    how we use plastics


    plastic consumption


    items where possible


    used plastic into new items

    Surpassing our single-use plastics reduction target

    Surpassing our single-use plastics reduction target

    We have exceeded our previous target to halve our use of single-use plastics. By the end of 2022, our initiatives eliminated 56 per cent of our single-use plastics per passenger - nearly 200 million pieces a year – from our 2018 baseline. To date, highlights include:

    • Phasing out single-use plastic beverage cups, formerly our most numerous plastic items, and replacing them with certified Flustix paper cups with minimal plastic lining.
    • Replacing single-use salad bowl lids with reusable lids.
    • Phasing out economy class reusable plastic cutlery and replacing it with lightweight metal cutlery.
    • Removing plastic straws and stirrers from all flights, lounges and offices globally.
    • Carrying out product lifecycle analysis to develop guidelines for choosing inflight equipment.
    • Introducing paper bags for duty-free purchases.
    • Changing to biodegradable plastic wrapping for blankets, cutlery, and inflight magazines.
    • Replacing Styrofoam boxes with reusable inflight cooler bags.
    • Removing single-use plastic cutlery, straws and stirrers from our employee canteens. 
    • Launching a rebate programme for returning plastic hangers to our subsidiary Vogue Laundry.


    We will announce a new reduction target later this year.

    Improving waste management

    Improving waste management

    Excess waste is a highly concerning environmental problem, and we’re working to cut back on the amount we create. We’ve increased our focus on waste reduction training and recycling programmes, while also harnessing digitisation procedures to improve how we manage the waste we create. Where possible, we seek to reuse items to avoid waste altogether.

    Responsible sourcing

    Responsible sourcing

    We take sustainable sourcing seriously. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure we are always working to increase our use of sustainable materials, regenerated waste materials and recycled products.

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      Reducing food waste

      We strive to provide top quality meals to our passengers and customers. At the same time, we aim to manage this process in a way that supports local producers and minimises waste and carbon footprints.

      Last-minute meals

      Meals are delivered as close to departure as possible to minimise waste.

      Digital planning

      We’ve introduced Choose My Meal to digitally manage meal choices.

      Hong Kong charities

      We redistribute surplus food through Feeding Hong Kong and Food Angel. In 2022, we donated 114 tonnes of surplus food to those in need.

      Harnessing surplus power

      Inconsumable food waste is sent for food recovery.

      Food to fuel

      We turn our used food processing oil into vehicle biofuel.

      Sustainable inflight dining

      Beyond rethinking inflight utensils and packaging, we're also committed to providing a more sustainable culinary experience for our customers. Our catering branch Cathay Pacific Catering Services Ltd. procured 150 tonnes of sustainable seafood, accounting for about 70 per cent of the total purchased.

      Retired aircraft

      At the end of the service of our aircraft, we work with aircraft manufacturers and companies specialising in end-of-life solutions in order to salvage spare parts and recycle or reuse aircraft parts and materials. In 2021, we launched special memorabilia upcycled our beloved aircraft, including aviation tags  and pen and cardholder sets created for our 75th anniversary.

      Sustainable considerations in the cabin

      1. Flustix paper cups with minimal plastic lining.
      2. Snacks produced using certified sustainable palm oil to help minimise environmental impact.
      3. Certified sustainable seafood in inflight meals.
      4. Napkins sustainably produced from sugarcane and wood pulp.
      5. Lightweight metal cutlery and reusable plastic cutlery across economy class cabins.
      6. Recyclable paper snack bags.
      7. Economy class blankets made from recycled plastic bottles.
      8. Pillowcases and duvet covers in First Class and Business made from 100 per cent sustainable cotton.
      9. Reusable Business class duvet and blanket packaging.