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London City Airport to start using compostable security bags


London City Airport (LCY) today announced TIPA as the winners of its Sustainable Security Bag Challenge.

According to the airport, TIPA were able to provide it with a product made from fully transparent materials, aligned to regulatory standards, and can be composted at home by London City passengers or disposed as food waste at the airport.

LCY’s director of corporate affairs, Liam McKay, said: “When we launched this challenge we said we were looking for an innovative solution that reduces the environmental impacts associated with single-use plastics.

“I am delighted to say that is what we have found in the product provided by TIPA and I am confident that our passengers will love them because the bags are fully compostable without leaving any trace of plastics in the environment – it’s a solution that’s environmentally friendly and gives passengers peace of mind.

Sustainability will be at the heart of our industry’s recovery, and looking ahead, London City wants to work with partners on finding innovative solutions, right across our business, that will help us become one of the most sustainable airports of our size.”

TIPA, which has a decade long background in providing sustainable packaging solutions for clients including Waitrose and Stella McCartney, has been awarded a £10,000 prize by LCY for winning the competition.

Its vice president of marketing, Merav Koren, said: “Consumers are more educated than ever about the impacts of single-use plastic and are calling for swift implementation of sustainable solutions to plastic waste and pollution.

“London City Airport joins other influential players shifting toward bioplastics as a solution to single-use plastic.

“TIPA is thrilled to be chosen to help replace over 2 million single-use plastic bags by London City Airport. We believe that high-performance compostable films provide new opportunities for major corporations like LCY to continue their operations safely while reaching sustainability goals”

An initial trial with 25,000 bags are scheduled for spring 2021 as more passengers return to the airport.

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