Cups can be edible? Yes, soon you can chew cups while taking a sip of coffee. It sounds like having an ice cream cone. Air New Zealand has started trials of edible coffee cups for its flyers even as it was exploring “innovative waste reduction measures”. The airline in a statement said that currently, it serves over eight million cups of coffee each year. The airline generally uses cups, which are compostable, for serving coffee on board. However, the airline aims at removing cups “totally from landfills”. The trials are part of the airline’s innovative ways to meet its sustainability challenges.
The airline has tied up with a New Zealand-based company ‘twiice’ for exploring the option of edible coffee cups. These cups have found takers among flyers and customers. Apart from serving coffee, these cups are being used as ‘dessert bowls’, Air New Zealand Senior Manager Customer Experience Niki Chave said. These coffee cups are vanilla flavoured and also leak-proof.
Apart from the ‘twiice’ edible cup trial, Air New Zealand has recently switched to plant-based cups on board all aircraft and in lounges. The plant-based cups are made from paper and corn instead of plastic. The ingredients of cups enable the cup to break down in a commercial composter. The decision to switch to plant-based cups is expected to prevent around 15 million cups from being dumped at landfill annually.