Air New Zealand flights are now trialling edible cups on their flights to combat waste. The airline currently serves more than eight million cups of coffee each year.
Air New Zealand senior manager customer experience Niki Chave says that while the cups are compostable, the ultimate goal would be to remove these totally from landfills.
“We’ve been working in partnership with innovative New Zealand company ‘twiice’ to explore the future of edible coffee cups, which are vanilla flavoured and leakproof. The cups have been a big hit with the customers who have used these and we’ve also been using the cups as dessert bowls,” Chave said in a press release.
‘twiice’ co-founder, Jamie Cashmore says the edible cups could play a big role in demonstrating to the world that new and innovative ways of packaging are achievable.
Cashmore says ‘twiice’ is working on extending its edible range of crockery and expects to roll out new products next year.
The ‘twiice’ edible cup trial backs up Air New Zealand’s recent switch to plant-based coffee cups on board all aircraft and in lounges. The plant-based cups are made from paper and corn instead of plastic, which enables the cup to break down in a commercial composter. Switching to plant-based coffee cups is expected to prevent around 15 million cups from going to landfills annually. The airline is also encouraging customers to bring their own reusable cups onboard aircraft and into its lounges.
Chave says the airline will continue to trial ‘twiice’s’ edible coffee cups and work with the company and other partners to explore scaling options that could make it a viable long-term product for the airline.
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