Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Airline trialling edible coffee cups on flights

Airline trialling edible coffee cups on flights

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.

Enter the vanilla-flavoured, leak-proof edible coffee cup.

And earlier this week, the airline announced that it's trading some of its plastic coffee cups for edible versions instead.

Nike Chave, of the airline, said while the company - which serves more than eight million cups of coffee a year - has been using compostable, plant-based cups for some time, it was aiming to "remove these totally from landfills".

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

The innovative airline has partnered with Twiice, a family-run New Zealand founded business, to fight the battle against single-use plastics.

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"It not only retains its warmth but I can also eat this when I'm finished with my coffee", the airlines' head of customer experience, Katie Holmetier, said in a promotional video released on Wednesday.

The cups are made from vanilla-flavored biscotti, and the airline says that they've been a hit with the customers who have nibbled on them so far. It told a vegan customer that the cups contained egg, while Twiice said the cups also contained gluten and might contain traces of nut and dairy.

He says they will "stay crisp at least as long as it takes to drink your coffee, and longer".

Air New Zealand has come up with a way to cut down on waste in the skies.

Air New Zealand has launched a pilot program to offer edible coffee cups on their flights.

Sustainability has become an area of growing concern in the past year, with a number of businesses looking into measures to make their businesses more eco-conscious.

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