Southwest Airlines' 'Green Plane' is a refurbished a Boeing 737-700 that will serve as test lab of eco-friendly products and practices.
Among the materials that the Green Plane will test are 100% recyclable carpet squares that eliminate the need for full replacement as well as two different weight-reducing sustainable seat cover materials--discarded leather shavings, e-Leather and synthetic IZIT Leather.
The environmentally-friendly prototype will add an on-board recycling program November 1.
Implications - As environmental awareness continues to drive design of both objects and processes in commerce and industry, experimental projects like Southwest Airlinesâ€™ Green Plane provide an opportunity for busy business travellers and corporate executives to experience, at no risk, increasingly eco-friendly choices. Even otherwise conservative consumers can be wooed by a green-for-all when it is packaged in luxury.