American Airlines has been giving it this year to warm up dog shelters
Rather than simply throwing away its used aircraft cabin carpets, which it replaces on its planes every 18 months, American Airlines has been giving it instead to shelters for dogs. The recycled airplane material goes to the Humane Society of North Texas to line the animal cages with so that the dogs have something to lie on instead of the hard floor. Each year, American Airlines recycles around 77,000 kilograms of material.
“It’s one less worry we have,” the society’s adoptions coordinator said. “It helps them out, helps us out and helps the animals. It’s win, win, win.”
[pictured: “The Flying Carpet” by Viktor Vasnetsov (1880), oil on canvas]