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Travel in sustainable style with a United upcycle travel bag

By The Hub team, October 08, 2015

Earlier this year the Chicago Department of Aviation changed the size of banner advertisements allowed at Chicago O'Hare, which meant that more than 20 United banners were unusable. Our United Eco-Skies team saw this as an opportunity to “upcycle" the materials rather than throw them away. The practice of upcycling allows us to repurpose materials in a creative way to create something truly one of a kind.

We partnered with students at Columbia College Chicago's Fashion School and challenged them to design a mock-up of a travel bag using only upcycled materials.

Columbia College Students Participate in Upcycling Challenge

Upcycle challenge

A winning design

The students were given three days to complete their designs. The guidelines required that they design a bag that was, durable, fashionable, and could fit easily underneath an airplane seat. Additionally, the students were instructed to keep the needs of a busy traveler in mind, whether for an overnight business trip or for the daily work commute. The students received credit hours for participating in the challenge, and also learned how to incorporate sustainability into their designs.

Winning designs

Fashion and design students Anne Tilma and Dillon Halford conceptualized the two winning travel bag designs. Anne's design is a duffel-style bag with a detachable tote, while Dillon's bag is a backpack-style bag designed for the daily commuter.

The final travel bag product

Handcrafted by Re:new artisans

After the winning designs were selected, they were produced by advanced artisans at the Re:new project, a Chicago-area nonprofit providing employment and community for refugee women resettled in the U.S. Each bag carries the story of the remarkable woman who made it.

Buy a bag and give back

Starting on Friday, October 16th you can purchase an upcycled travel bag for a limited time through the United Shop.

The United Eco-Skies Upcycling initiative helps to reduce landfill waste and encourages customers and employees to think differently about waste. All proceeds from the sales of the upcycled bags will benefit the Eco-Skies CarbonChoice Alto Mayo Forest Carbon project. This project provides jobs for local families, incentivizes new approaches to farming and helps to protect a critical watershed in northern Peru that supplies more than 240,000 people and many threatened species found nowhere else on Earth.

For more information on United's commitment to the environment, visit united.com/ecoskies.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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