Air New Zealand trials edible coffee cups
Air New Zealand is testing coffee cups that can be eaten after the passengers have finished their coffee. The vanillaflavoured cups are made from wheat flour, sugar, egg, vanilla essence and natural vanilla flavour. The cups, made by New Zealand based company Twiice, are leak-proof and stay crisp for about as long as it normally takes to finish a cup of coffee. As per January 2020, Air New Zealand has implemented the edible cups in its Auckland airport lounges, and on select flights to and from Australia.
According to the airline, they serve more than 8 million cups of coffee a year and want to reduce the amount of waste that end up in oceans or landfill.
The cups have been a hit with customers and Air New Zealand has begun using the cups as dessert bowls as well and will continue to work with Twiice. In the meantime, Twiice also plans to expand its edible range to plates and bowls.
Twiice cups reduce plastics in oceans by replacing conventional plastic cups with an edible alternative (14.1)
The edible Twiice cups facilitate responsible consumption and production by offering an alternative to plastic cups (12.2, 12.5)
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