Why use plastic cups when you can have edible cookie cups with your coffee? Taking sustainability to the next level (literally) is Air New Zealand, which has just introduced edible coffee cups on some of its flights.
Get a bonus snack while saving the earth
Yup, these are leak-proof, vanilla-flavoured biscotti cups that you can eat after consuming your hot beverages. Plus, it retains the warmth of the drinks.
There’s always room for dessert… and dessert bowls
Created in partnership with New Zealand company, Twiice, these edible cups have been introduced as part of a trial in select Air New Zealand trans-Tasman flights between New Zealand and Australia, as well as the airline’s lounges in Auckland. 8Days.sg has reached out to Air NZ reps to find out if they’ll be made available on international flights — and flights in and out of Singapore — so watch this space.
“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 Air New Zealand Senior Manager Customer Experience Niki Chave.
Life in plastic, not fantastic
Air New Zealand revealed that it serves about 8mil cups of coffee a year, and while the airline’s current cups are compostable, the ultimate goal would be to remove these totally from landfills, according to the media statement. The airline recently made a switch to plant-based cups on board all its aircraft and lounges. These sustainable options are made from paper and corn, rather than plastic, which can be broken down in commercial composters, and prevents about 15mil plastic cups from ending up in landfills annually.