Airline trials edible coffee cups in bid to battle waste

New Zealand is serious about climate change

New Zealand is serious about climate change

The airline is now seeking to roll a trial out further and is looking at options to do so.

"We've been working in partnership with innovative New Zealand company Twiice to explore the future of edible coffee cups", said Nike Chave, a representative for Air New Zealand.

The airline says it now serves more than eight million cups of coffee each year, and it aims to reduce waste on board with the introduction of this edible cup.

The move to the biscuit cup is part of a move by Air New Zealand to tackle the amount of single-use plastics used on its flights, which had previously seen the airline begin using cups made from plant-based materials earlier this year.

Since October this year, passengers travelling with Air New Zealand on both domestic and global flights have been able to enjoy their hot drinks in plant-based coffee cups.

"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", Ms Chave said. This switch alone, Air New Zealand said, is expected to prevent around 15 million cups from going to landfill annually.

In the United Kingdom, some 2.5 billion coffee cups are estimated to be thrown away each year and only 0.25% of them are recycled.

Those concerned about the durability of these cups needn't worry, claims Twiice founder James Cashmore.

Air New Zealand wants you to drink your coffee and eat it too.

Air New Zealand has also been fielding concerns from customers on Twitter about dietary requirements. Check out more of its environmental goals in its sustainability report here.

Among the sustainability highlights, the company had removed or replaced almost 55 million plastic items with lower impact alternatives.

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