"The Green Cabin": Sustainability in aircraft interiors
Fun fact: on average, an aircraft receives four new interiors in its lifetime. Sustainability therefore benefits from weight savings, production and recycling of interiors.
We observed continuous weight savings on seats, galleys and materials. There are also initiatives to use bio-degradable materials like bamboo, cotton, wool and even cactus leather.
For manufacturing, the focus is on the reduction of energy consumption and waste. Companies achieved significant reduction of water consumption and optimized textile trimming and cutting. We also found prototypes of 3D-printed seat cushions using sustainable fibers.
Recycling remains a challenge, though. For example, fire safety requirements dictate the use of materials and chemicals that are not easily recycled. However, Airbus in now using ‘recycled carbon fiber’ (rCF) from the A350 manufacturing line to turn waste material into interior parts. And fortunately, the catering exhibitors at the trade show used recycled, plant-based materials and packaging.
In conclusion, we found that discussions about the “Green Cabin” are in full swing and the topic of sustainability has more traction than ever before. But skepticism was never far away: “All these initiatives are not going to ‘move the needle’. The biggest impact will have to come from engine technologies and fuels.”
Does this spark your interest? Then let us know! ADSE is always interested to work with you to realize innovative, certifiable and industrialized cabin products and services.
And maybe the Paris Airshow (Le Bourget) has some interesting innovations for us to discover this year. Make sure you visit ADSE at Hal 2B, Booth G94, as part of the Netherlands Aerospace Group (NAG).
Interested in what we can do for you? Feel free to contact our Business Development Manager Aerospace.
Eric van der Veen
Business Development Manager Aerospace