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As part of its commitment to curb its plastic use, Air New Zealand has introduced coffee cups that can be eaten.
The airline reportedly serves around eight million cups of coffee each year. Last October, it attempted to cut down its waste by using plant-based coffee cups. Now, Air New Zealand is taking its waste reduction a step further by using edible coffee cups made from biscotti, which are Italian biscuits. Produced by NZ company Twiice, the edible cups are available in some of the airline’s domestic and international flights, as well as in its airport lounges.
Ingredients of the edible cup include wheat flour, sugar, egg, and vanilla flavoring. Air New Zealand’s customer experience senior manager, Niki Chave, personally tested the trial cups. She said that the cups were able to hold liquid content for several hours without crumbling or leaking.
Many customers have also tried the edible cup. According to Chave, the cup has also been tested for holding desserts. So far, people have given favorable feedback about the cups’ taste. Twiice co-founder Jamie Cashmore said that the edible cups will go a long way in showing the world that it is possible to create revolutionary methods of packaging.
However, some netizens are on the fence about Air New Zealand’s initiative. One thinks that reducing emissions may be more effective in helping the environment, while another suggested limiting the number of flights. In response, Chave said that the airline is doing its best to fulfill its responsibility of becoming sustainable and that canceling flights is not necessary.