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Plane Talking

Lookin’ good and weighin’ less

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A colleague of mine came back from a flight recently and was all excited about the knives and forks used during the in-flight service. Now, this colleague is not obsessed with tableware, but he was right to be excited about not only the design (which is stunning and by noted Dutch designer Marcel Wanders) but the fact that the new KLM dinner service is also much lighter than the tableware it replaces.

In fact, the salad bowl of the new set alone is one eighth of the weight of a porcelain bowl from the old set. KLM says that the new salad bowl has six times less impact on the environment than its porcelain predecessor. In total, the new tableware saves more than 700 tons of CO2, and a weight of up to 900,000 kilograms per year.
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