EK Economy Blankets Made From The Finest Recycled Bottles

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First-class A380 pax on EK get faux sheepskin blankets along with their Bulgari amenity kits and moisturizing pajamas. Those flying business class get soft duvets. And economy class pax get a blanket made entirely from recycled bottles. Gee, thanks.

But as Harriet Baskas reports for USAToday, the situation isn’t as bad as it sounds.

“I found them to be softer and warmer than the standard blankets most airlines provide,” said Carol Pucci, a travel writer who documented a recent Emirates flight from SEA to DXB in the economy cabin.

Each environmentally friendly blanket is made from the equivalent of 28 recycled bottles, using the ‘ecoThread’ patented technology that first turns the bottles into plastic chips, then into yarn, and then into threads of polar fleece material that can be woven into soft blankets.

Like many other airlines, Emirates has a sustainability program that includes collecting and recycling aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles and paper, including magazines and newspapers, used onboard.

The ecoThread blankets come to Emirates via Buzz, a company specializing in in-flight products.

By adopting the ecoThread blankets for economy class, Emirates says it will reduce energy emissions and, after three years, will have diverted 88 million plastic bottles from landfills — the equivalent weight, the carrier notes, of 44 A380 aircraft.

So EK economy pax can feel virtuous as they snuggle under their plastic blankets. And no faux sheep will be harmed for the privilege.

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