New Zealand’s national carrier is experimenting with a new vanilla-flavoured edible coffee cup that will further reduce waste produced on board its planes.
Air New Zealand debuts edible coffee cups to reduce waste
New Zealand’s national carrier says it is trialling edible coffee cups in a bid to reduce the amount of waste on board its planes. The cups, by local company Twiice, are made from vanilla-flavoured biscotti – and are apparently "leak-proof". Air New Zealand, which serves more than eight million cups of coffee a year, said it wants to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.
Coffee & Biscuit in one
New Zealand’s national carrier is experimenting with a new edible coffee cup that will further reduce waste produced on board their flights. Although the airline had already switched to biodegradable cups both on planes and in their branded lounges, they began looking into even more eco-friendly options.
To do this, the airline collaborated with New Zealand-based company Twiice, a family-run business dedicated to making edible plant-based cups that taste good as well as being good to the earth.
The cups now being rolled out on Air New Zealand flights are vanilla-flavoured and can withstand the heat of coffee without melting.
Twiice is working on a new, expanded line of edible plates and dishes
Air New Zealand customer experience manager Niki Chave told CNN in a statement that the airline serves 8 million cups of coffee on board its planes annually. And so far, the customers who have tested out the Twiice cups have given the taste a thumbs-up, she added.
This isn’t the first time Air New Zealand has made to go greener in the skies. In July 2019 the airline announced that condiments such as salad dressing and soy sauce would be served in small reusable bowls instead of individual plastic packets.
While the Twiice cups are currently a one-off partnership between the two companies, there may be additional opportunities for them to work together in the future.
Jamie Cashmore, a co-founder of Twiice, told CNN that the firm is working on a new, expanded line of edible plates and dishes, which could also work for Air New Zealand once they can be produced at scale.
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