Edible coffee cups trialled on worldwide flights

Airline introduces edible coffee cups

Airline introduces edible coffee cups

Since October this year, passengers travelling with Air New Zealand on both domestic and global flights have been able to enjoy their hot drinks in plant-based coffee cups.

The cups being rolled out on Air New Zealand's flights are created to withstand the heat of coffee without melting or leaking, making for a delectable snack at the end.

And earlier this week, the airline announced that it's trading some of its plastic coffee cups for edible versions instead.

It said the cups have been a "big hit with customers".

Air New Zealand customer experience manager Niki Chave tells CNN in a statement that the airline serves 8 million cups of coffee on board its planes annually. A handful of other bakeries and cafes have also experimented with edible cups, ranging from sculpted chocolate mugs, to shot glasses made from cookies, to the chocolate-covered waffle cones that are a crucial part of the Coffee in a Cone experience.

"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".

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This isn't the only move Air New Zealand has made to go greener in the skies.

Jamie Cashmore, a co-founder of Twiice, says 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.

In September this year, the company released a sustainability report to stay accountable to these goals.

"This includes...reducing plastic by almost 55 million items across our network", Danielle explains.

Sustainability has become an area of growing concern in the past year, with a number of businesses looking into measures to make their businesses more eco-conscious.

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