Goodbye, Tumi amenity kits in Delta One. Hello, new ones from Someone Somewhere.
The airline announced yesterday new “premium and more sustainable” kits from Mexican company Someone Somewhere will debut next month. The Delta One amenity kits (see the above image) were designed and created by artisans employing “the delicate, coordinated mechanics of the chicotillo loom.”
The kits will also feature “sustainable products such as a Someone Somewhere eye mask, Humble Co. bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste, and Grown Alchemist lip balm and lotion.”
Here’s something interesting: Delta simply eliminating single-use plastic items like zippers and packaging will help reduce the company’s annual plastic use by up to 90,000 pounds. (So don’t put anything valuable in them and risk having it fall out.)
Plus, each bag bears the name of the person who created it and a QR code you can scan to “meet” them. You can drop that person a note, if you feel so inclined.
Personally, I prefer the sleeker Tumi bags.
But I don’t know that I’ll miss the rather bulky Tumi hard-shell kits.
Although, they were good for storing breakable items — such as the Biscoff cookies I hoarded for my daughter. (She loves those as her “Daddy-Came-Home!” gift, what can I tell you?)
Delta also noted it introduced new Delta One bedding made from recycled bottles. And a move to bamboo dining wine.
And I can’t wait to read the comments on this one.
Delta will serve wine in a can.
“The wine’s aluminum packaging reduces annual plastic use by up to 250,000 pounds,” Delta says.
Great, I guess. But the glass and plastic bottles the current wines come in can’t be recycled?
And here’s the kicker: as Gary Leff points out, Delta is presenting the wine IN PLASTIC CUPS.
I commend Delta on its efforts to become more ecologically sound. I really do. Do we really need amenity kits? Of course not. Their new design doesn’t seem very aesthetically compatible with the Delta One cabins. But I guess I’ll have to see them in person to truly give them a fair shake.
Do we really need wine? Of course we do! 🙂 I’ve heard a couple of good things about wine in a can. (Literally, a couple. As in “two.”) Maybe this wine will be decent. But I’m not holding my breath.
What do you think of these changes?
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Was in Delta one to Europe a few months ago. The wine choices were red or white…just the two, both equally bad and served in a nice PLASTIC glass.
Guess we can just drink straight from the can. Maybe Delta has found the glasses by now. Either way I’m not counting on anything drinkable. Just stick with the hard stuff.
Cheers to that.
I recently flew Delta one-ISH from Atlanta to San Diego, 767 flatbed, and the food is served in a cardboard box, drinks are still in plastic glasses. I’ve been told By friend who fly American That they have fully returned to glassware and China for first class meal service to Seattle. My entire life I have recommended Delta to all friends but find that I no longer can do that in good conscience. If you want to first class experience you better look elsewhere
You would think that airline amenity kits would include a decent (N95) mask.
I like the idea. But I suppose because we already need to wear masks inside airports, they figure they can save money but not including them.
I hope these wine cans are BPA free. Most plastic bottles are now BPA free, but many aluminum cans are not. Also, I’m not a fan of aluminum and I find it to be possibly dangerous to folks with health issues that don’t allow their bodies to flush out aluminum properly, but I know it’s light and 100% recyclable. Since the process of extracting virgin aluminum from the ground is hardly considered eco-friendly, I also hope these cans are made from recycled aluminum, if all these changes are to have a true positive impact other than just the impact of public perception. Politically correct or not, I must confess I miss glassware.
Excellent points, Mel. I, too, miss glassware. It helps retain flavor and temperature (at least, I think it does).
I’d rather have a cold
Meal than a tepid one
.I flew Am on a run to bogota receiving 4 meals….
3 were supposed to be hot but they were tepid and
4th meal was smoked salmon cream cheese and a bagel..
Take it from a girl who is a maven… it was fabulous!!!
The new Delta amenity kit is probably the work of a snowflake intern that loves brainwashed Greta. I always carry the Tumi ones with me after a flight. These ones will stay in the plane. As for canned wine, have you seen any good wine being sold in aluminum cans? That answers everything. Delta is going into the wrong direction.
Santastico, my husband loves the Tumi kits. Our last Delta round trip to Peru last September only provided these kits on the way to Peru. The trip back only provided us with Comfort Plus paper kits. I was disappointed to see those in Delta One, but my husband was heartbroken. Lol. I made a funny comment about the paper kits, and the flight attendant was not amused, and confessed that Delta has plenty of the Tumi kits in Atlanta but never sends enough kits for the return trips, and encouraged me to send Delta an email. The couple behind us actually complained about not receiving them. I did contact Delta and after 3 months they sent me a reply offering us 7k miles for each kit. We keep all of our Tumi kit bags and all of my friends and family members either keep theirs or give them away to others who do use. They are never just discarded. They will be missed too.