NZ airline trials edible coffee cups to reduce waste

  • NZ airline trials edible coffee cups to reduce waste

NZ airline trials edible coffee cups to reduce waste

The goal, she added, is to reduce the carrier's landfill waste stream, and if the edible cups prove feasible they would be seen as an improvement over the compostable paper coffee containers now in use on flights.

To that end, Air New Zealand has partnered with a family-run NZ-based company called twiice, which makes the vanilla-flavoured cups that you can eat once you're done your coffee (or, during, if you can't wait and don't bite too low).

Handout photo supplied by Air New Zealand showing edible, biscuit-based coffee cups which it is trialing as a step to combat waste.

Switching to plant-based cups is expected to prevent around 15million cups from going to landfill annually.

The airline serves more than eight million cups of coffee on board its airlines every year.

While the edible cups are only available in vanilla, because it's the most versatile flavor, there are plans for Twiice to introduce chocolate-lined edible cups.

Jamie Cashmore, the co-founder of Twiice, said the cups "could have a really positive impact on the environment".

"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", said Niki Chave, Air New Zealand's senior manager customer experience.

Flights produce greenhouse gases from burning fuel, which contribute to global warming when released into the atmosphere.

"How about reducing emissions", another Twitter user wrote.

Air New Zealand has also been fielding concerns from customers on Twitter about dietary requirements. The airline is also encouraging customers to bring their own reusable cups onboard aircraft and into its lounges.

The cups for this trial run are being produced by Twiice, an Auckland company whose edible wares are now being used in more than a dozen coffee shops throughout the country.