How if your airline serves one of the complimentary caffeine on board, coffee, in an edible and digestible cup while flying up in the sky or on the ground? Yes! Believe it or not, the Kiwi national carrier Air New Zealand has come up with an Eco-friendly idea. That is to serve coffee in an edible cup to its flyers. As commuters, we should give the full credit and due respect to Air New Zealand as this innovation and initiation is going to help in the washing and cleaning process as well as there will not be any waste or residue to throw away as soon after you finish your cup of coffee.
Air New Zealand currently serves more than eight million cups of coffee annually. The airline is already trying to do what they can to be environmentally friendly – currently, they are serving coffee both in the air and on the ground in plant-based (made from paper and corn instead of plastic) and Bio-degradable cups which can be broken down in a commercial composter. This initiative is already believed to prevent about 15 million cups from going into landfills annually thus contributing towards protecting the mother earth.
Keeping another step ahead this time Air New Zealand is motivated to introduce edible coffee cups in place of the existing plant-based coffee cups. Thus, Air New Zealand has introduced edible coffee cups both in the air and on the ground, as they explore new and innovative ways to meet sustainability challenges.
What can you expect and how do these edible coffee cups end up in the flyer’s hands? Air New Zealand is in partnership with fellow New Zealand company “twice,”. These cups are handmade in New Zealand in small batches which are baked from a vanilla-flavored biscuit base obviously making them leak-proof and can hold hot drinks without disintegrating. These cups have been popular with customers and that’s not all these can also be used as dessert bowls.
Those with dietary restrictions should not get alarmed as they can consume their coffee in regular coffee cups. Co-founder of “twice,” Jamie Cashmore, had the following to say: “It’s terrific 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.”
Air New Zealand customer experience manager Niki Chave said the cups had been a big hit. “We’ve been working in partnership with innovative New Zealand company Twiice to explore the future of edible coffee cups,” she said.
As these cups are expected to produce in small batches, they will be able to maintain the freshness and quality undoubtedly. Since the trail run has been a great success it is our hope as environment enthusiasts Air New Zealand will expand this initiative.