Sustainable products and materials management

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United continues to expand its partnership with sustainable suppliers to ensure we reduce and reuse as much as we can and recycle whenever possible.

One way we are accomplishing this is through our partnership with Clean the World, an organization that works to prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths every year. Since our work together began, United employees have collected more than 80,000 pounds of unused items from our amenity kits. Clean the World redistributes them to those in need, reducing the morbidity rate of hygiene-related illnesses and encouraging vigorous child development.

We also make sure that the things we use and serve on board every day are as environmentally friendly as possible. A great example includes exclusive, more sustainable packaging for our illy coffee, which is important given that we use 1.7 million pounds of coffee each year.

Our environmental efforts expand well beyond our planes. If you've been to a United Club location recently you've probably noticed the comfortable seating areas for both working and relaxing. What you may not have noticed is that some of our club locations include sustainable design elements, making them more energy efficient.

In fact, the two United Club locations at Denver International Airport recently celebrated a distinction from Certifiably Green Denver. After the United Club location at Los Angeles International Airport was certified last year, Denver's East and West Clubs became the second and third United Club locations to earn the green certification.

Our goal is to continue to be the world’s greenest airline. And that means we will be looking for and finding even more new ways to fly sustainably and operate as efficiently as we can.

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Recent stories about sustainable products and materials management

United customers can help us clean the world (October 31, 2016)

Eco-Skies upcycle travel bags for a cause (October 31, 2017)

Sustainability meets design: Improving our United Clubs (April 16, 2018)

Percolating peace through illy's Colombian coffee farms (April 30, 2018)

Big Metal Bird: Something to drink? Illy and wine partners (April 30, 2018)

United Airlines Becomes First Carrier to Receive Audubon International's Green Hospitality Award (June 12, 2018)