Eco-Skies Upcycle Travel Bags for a Cause - United Hub

Eco-Skies upcycle travel bags for a cause

By The Hub team, October 31, 2017

Earlier this year, we partnered with fashion students from Columbia College Chicago to create a sustainable travel bag made with upcycled marketing materials. The students participated in a 5-week class focused on designing for a real world client with an emphasis on reducing material waste in the design industry. The fashion students took inspiration for their travel bags from tours at O'Hare International Airport, the United Club and from a focus group made up of United flight attendants. The materials for their travel bag designs came from upcycled United Airlines marketing materials, including banners and billboards. The final designs were manufactured this past summer by SEAM Works Chicago.

One of the winning upcycle travel bag designs

Starting at 12 p.m. (Central time) on November 10, you can purchase one of the upcycled travel bags through the United Shop. All proceeds from the bags benefit Envision Unlimited –a non-profit human services provider for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At United, we are committed to environmental sustainability and we aim to minimize the environmental impacts associated with our operations. We are continuously looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint in the air, on the ground and at our facilities. The United Eco-Skies® upcycling initiative helps reduce landfill waste and encourages customers and employees to think differently about waste.

United cargo-only flights transport critical goods

By The Hub team

When the pandemic began, United Cargo knew it would be critical to utilize its fleet, network and industry-leading pharmaceutical handling processes to transport a COVID-19 vaccine when the time came.

Connecting vaccines to the world: United responds to mass distribution effort

December 22, 2020

On November 27, United Airlines became the first commercial airline to safely deliver the first batch of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine into the U.S. thanks to a coordinated effort between United's cargo, safety, technical operations, flight operations, regulatory and legal teams.

Now as the entire shipping and logistics industry bands together to widely distribute vaccines, United is leveraging all of its flights, including cargo-only and those carrying passengers, to transport millions of vaccines to destinations throughout our network, including Honolulu, Guam and Saipan – the first of any carrier to do so.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Airline and its customers use crowdsourcing platform - Miles on a Mission - to donate more than 11 million miles for charities like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care
By United Newsroom, December 01, 2020

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United is inviting MileagePlus members to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating miles to nearly 40 non-profits through United Airlines' crowdsourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. Non-profits like Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care are attempting to raise a total of more than 11 million miles to be used for travel for life-saving health care, continued education, humanitarian aid and more. United will match the first 125,000 miles raised for each of these organizations to help ensure they meet their goals.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Why we fly

By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

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