Air New Zealand is currently trialing edible
coffee cups with customers in the air and on the ground as it
explores new and innovative ways to meet its sustainability
The airline currently serves more than eight
million cups of coffee each year.
Air New Zealand Senior
Manager Customer Experience Niki Chave says that while the cups
are compostable, the ultimate goal would be to remove these
totally from landfills.
"We've been working in partnership with
innovative New Zealand company 'twiice' to explore the future of
edible coffee cups, which are vanilla flavoured and leakproof. 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
Jamie Cashmore, twiice co-founder, said the edible cups
could play a big role in demonstrating to the world that new and
innovative ways of packaging are achievable.
that Air New Zealand has partnered with us to showcase to its
customers and the world that a little bit of Kiwi ingenuity and
innovation could have a really positive impact on the environment
while at the same time delivering a really cool and tasty customer
experience," he said.
The 'twiice' edible cup trial
backs up Air New Zealand's recent switch to plant-based coffee
cups on board all aircraft and in lounges.
The plant-based cups
are made from paper and corn instead of plastic, which enables the
cup to break down in a commercial composter. Switching to
plant-based coffee cups is expected to prevent around 15 million
cups from going to landfill annually. The airline is also
encouraging customers to bring their own reusable cups on board
aircraft and into its lounges.
'twiice' is also
working on extending its edible range of crockery and expects to
rollout new products next year.
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