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7 June 2010
Talk about a fuss over nothing. The horror! Qantas, the Australian airline, reuses its plastic cutlery up to 30 times. The company was dobbed in to the Australian Sunday Telegraph by a supplier visiting a catering centre, where staff said the cutlery was washed and reused an offensively high number of times. The supplier is quoted as saying: “I asked them, ‘If you have a leftover sandwich, do you put it with another half?’ They said no.” HT imagines that the staff were rather baffled by this question. HT, too, fails to see the problem: we’re talking about robust plastic knives and forks, not the flimsy things that fall apart when you eat your fish and chips. If the cutlery is still useable, why not use it again? We should be praising the airline for its sustainable recycling policy. We can’t mention airlines without a passing reference to the British Airways strikes. Our own Daily Telegraph’s City Diary has picked up on an email doing the rounds of City firms promoting a “Push the button” campaign. It advocates getting one’s own back over the strike disruption, making BA cabin crew work for their money by calling for service at least 10 times while airborne – presuming, of course, you manage to get on a flight. But beware: BA buyers have been trained as cabin crew to help flights take to the skies, so you might want to check you’re not harassing a fellow procurement professional.
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