Is this the END of suitcases? Airline RENTS clothing to passengers so they don’t need to pack – reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Clothing bundles cost between £22 and £38 and can be smart, casual or mixed
Lugging a heavy suitcase on vacation could be a thing of the past if an airline’s clothing rental experience turns out to be a good fit for customers.
The service, dubbed “Any Wear, Anywhere”, allows passengers to rent a pre-flight clothing pack, which is then delivered directly to their hotel or AirBnb upon arrival.
Japan Airlines launched the scheme yesterday in hopes it will mean customers can leave bulky bags behind and make a ‘sustainable choice’.
Travelers can adapt their dress style depending on whether they are on a business or leisure trip, choosing between smart, smart casual and mixed, and can choose clothes from small, medium and large sizes.
A set of clothes will cost between ¥4,000-7,000 (£22-£38), and people can rent up to eight different outfits for two weeks.
The service, dubbed “Any Wear, Anywhere”, will allow people to rent a batch of clothes before their flight, which will then be delivered directly to their hotel.
Japan Airlines launched the scheme yesterday in hopes it will mean customers can leave bulky bags behind and make a ‘sustainable choice’
The airline said it launched the program to provide more convenience to its customers and promote sustainable tourism. It will collect data on whether this helps reduce bag weight and carbon emission levels.
JAL partner Sumitomo claims that by leaving 10kg of luggage at home, customers could reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 7.5kg, which is roughly equivalent to not using a hair dryer. for 78 days.
Sumitomo created the online reservation system for the clothing rental service and oversees the supply, laundry and delivery of the clothing.
The wardrobes for rent will come from overstocked garments, says JAL, which will help minimize waste.
JAL will determine the reduction in carbon emissions based on the reduction in aircraft weight and inform customers accordingly.
JAL’s partner Sumitomo has created an online reservation system for the clothing rental service
The service is a one-year experience and is available to customers between July 5 this year and August 2024.
The tourism benefit comes after strict restrictions were lifted in Japan throughout the pandemic.
The country has seen a huge surge in post-Covid visitors in recent months, with the number of visitors to the country reaching 1.9 million.
This represents an increase of 1,191% on the same month last year, the FT reported.
However, visitors in May were still down about 30% from pre-pandemic levels, according to Japan’s National Tourism Organization.