Island Aviation Services (IAS) on Sunday launched efforts to ban single-use plastics, on the occasion of the company's 19th anniversary.
Speaking at a ceremony held at IAS head office, Deputy Managing Director Aishath Jennifer announced that the state-run company plans to entirely ban single-use plastics by the year 2020.
IAS distributed reusable water bottles to all the staff on Sunday, to mark the commencement of the ban. The company will also start using water glasses in the board room.
Jennifer further shared that IAS will replace plastic cutlery with wooden cutlery on its international Dhaka-Male' and Dhaka-Chennai routes.
Noting that it was only a beginning, she assured that IAS will expand the single-use plastic ban to all flights of Maldivian, the IAS-operated national airline of Maldives.
IAS is one of several other government, and private, companies to ban single-use plastics in an effort to minimise plastic pollution and waste.