As sustainability gains ground in the airline sector, PAX International rounds up the latest novelties and trends in the comfort items category by MELISSA SILVA
urability and sustainability are prevalent in the comfort items sector, as the leading suppliers endeavor to meet the challenging demands of airlines for items boasting eco-friendly features — without compromising on quality or functionality.
This cork pouch from Bayart Innovations will be on display at WTCE, alongside new throws, earphones, pyjamas, dishes, sleepers, eye masks and amenity kits
flights, making it the largest sustainable blanket program in the industry. Each Emirates ecoTHREAD™ blanket is made from 28 recycled plastic bottles and by 2019, the Emirates blanket program will rescue 88 million plastic bottles from landfill. The award-winning blankets are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and transformed into yarn, creating a polar fleece material. “At Buzz, we strived to develop a product for our airline partners to help reduce their environmental impact. We are excited to partner with Emirates and help them implement a sustainable program onboard with ecoTHREAD™ blankets,” says Leonard Hamersfeld, Director at Buzz.
Bayart Innovations has developed a natural cork and wood collection, in line with the current trend for durable, sustainable products. The collection includes pouches, an eye mask, a toothbrush and comb, and earphones. The French supplier will display this range at WTCE, alongside new throws, earphones, pyjamas, dishes, sleepers, eye masks and amenity kits. “Although amenity kits are basic essentials to help passengers feel comfortable and refreshed during their flight, they like to keep them as a souvenir after their flight,” the company says. “The pouch design becomes very important, and that’s why we collaborate with designers, attentive to international cultures.”
In January 2017, Buzz launched ecoTHREAD™ blankets onboard Emirates for passengers on long-haul Economy Class Buzz Products’ award-winning ecoTHREAD™ blankets were recently launched onboard Emirates and are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles
Clip Ltd’s new Seawool wool-like fleece blanket is made from using oyster shell and recycled PET bottles, and is suitable for both long-haul and short-haul flights
Clip has developed the Seawool blanket suitable for both long-haul and short-haul flights, for Business or Premium cabins, using oyster shell and recycled PET bottles. Due to the natural characters of the polyester fiber, the blanket dries quickly, is wrinkle-free and enables the airline to spend less on laundry. Passengers and airlines alike are looking to help reduce their carbon footprint and help do their part to minimize waste and improve the environment, says Cindy Lam, Director of Clip Ltd. “We strive to develop innovative products that are greener for the planet, but also more comfortable and appreciated by the clients,” she adds.
FORMIA will showcase at WTCE a Porsche Design Sleeper Suit set for Saudia Airlines’ First Class Suite including matching slippers and a relaxing kit from Thai brand Apsara Spa Concepts
At WTCE, FORMIA will showcase a Porsche Design Sleeper Suit for Saudia Airlines’ First Class Suite. The suit is presented in a gender-specific palette that reflects the airline’s identity: darker grey colors for men and lighter shades of brown and beige for women. It includes matching slippers and an additional relaxing kit from Thai brand Apsara Spa Concepts. The luxury experience also includes pillow mist, an aroma stick and foot cream. “This is different than anything currently on the market as a complete set,” says FORMIA’s Managing Director Roland Grohmann. FORMIA’s comfort set comes in functional, reusable bags made of certified materials. “For our newly developed range of lounge and sleepwear, FORMIA is looking at partnerships with brands that add value and uplift these products in the best way, bringing comfort in style to the passenger, just as we do for our amenity kits,” says Grohmann.
“We are beginning to notice that airlines are increasingly trying to replicate the hotel experience onboard,” says Galileo Watermark’s Chief Executive Officer Ian Linaker. “Customer expectations are increasing and simply supplying generic comfort items is not enough — airlines are looking for a point of difference, be it with
Watermark’s Business Class blanket for Air Serbia is a good example of the trend of emulating the hotel experience in the sky, the company says
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