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Edible Meal Trays Are the Future of In-Flight Dining?

Edible Meal Trays Are the Future of In-Flight Dining?
Jackie Reddy

From cutlery and trays to containers and condiment packs, the current in-flight dining experience generates a considerable amount of waste. But a London-based design studio has created a concept that could lessen the environmental impact of dining in the cabin.

From plastic cutlery and trays through to those tiny milk pods and condiment packs, conventional in-cabin dining generates a considerable amount of waste. However, as Lonely Planet reports, London-based design studio PriestmanGoode has come up with a concept that could have a considerable impact on how meals are served.

“Instead of plastic trays, they’ve developed a partially-edible one from used coffee grains and husks, alongside food containers made from wheat bran. Soluble seaweed has been used to replace plastic in mini condiment and milk pods. While banana leaf or algae have been combined with rice husk to create eco-friendly cups,” reports the outlet.

The studio’s design also swaps plastic cutlery for just one simple spork composed of coconut wood and, additionally, PriestmanGoode has also developed on-board water bottles composed of cork and bioplastic plus a water-cooler to enable passengers to refill these flasks while in the cabin.

The trays and accompanying cutlery were created by the studio as part of an exhibition called Get Onboard: Reduce. Reuse. Rethink at London’s Design Museum.

Offering its comments on the impetus behind the exhibition on its website, PriestmanGoode explained, “The exhibition explores the issue of waste in travel. Each year, an estimated 5.7 million tons of cabin waste is generated on passenger flights, from single-use plastic to meal trays and earphones.”

Here, we look at how developments in eco materials, initiatives from suppliers and changes in consumer behavior could transform our experience across all transport modes and lead us to a more sustainable industry,” it added.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.

[Featured Image: PriestmanGoode]

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  1. snowdog9

    September 25, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Maybe you were on a flight with a Mormon missionary group? I dunno. I’ve flown in and out of YYZ many times and I’ve never witnessed such non-hurried and civilized behavior.

  2. snowdog9

    September 25, 2019 at 7:07 am

    I worked in the hazardous and solid waste industry for many years. I’ve been on landfills and drilled into them at depth. The way a modern landfill is designed, the degradation process of ANYTHING is exceedingly slow. I once drilled 20 feet into a closed landfill and pulled y newspapers and a banana peel (the newspaper was nearly 20 years old). So using “vermin friendly” utensils and dishes (thinking of the soy-based wire insulation and hoses in cars that mice love so much), doesn’t sound like a great idea. Moreover, most of these will probably leak, bend, and otherwise spill their contents all over the passengers. Probably not very sanitary, and will prove more expensive. The problem with “green” design, is the designers are uni-dimensional thinkers. They don’t comprehend how the waste stream is handled and what the implications are. They think “biodegradable” and everything begins and ends with that. Not a fan.

  3. John Aldeborgh

    September 25, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Hello, stop using plastic. We used to have proper silverware, real glass for our drinks and fabric table cloths. Everything was reusable, better than recyclable. The airlines have been focused on reducing labor (staffing) and this has forced them to use plastic everywhere. We were much more “Green” 50 years ago. The environmentalists should simply look at history.

  4. Bear4Asian

    September 25, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Does this mean passengers will be required to eat their meal tray? Are we punished if we try it and don’t like it?

  5. glob99

    September 25, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Uh, use a bread bowl for soups and stews! 🙂

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