Using recyclable containers and utensils as part of efforts to save the environment is not a new initiative, but here’s something that may raise your eyebrows: eating your coffee cups!
In a bid to help reduce waste, Air New Zealand is working with sustainable New Zealand company Twiice to use only edible vanilla-flavoured cookie coffee cups on all its flights.
According to Twiice’s website, the cups are biscotti simply made from wheat flour, sugar, egg, and vanilla essence.
They will be used not just for hot drinks but also in the place of bowls for desserts such as ice cream – you can simply eat them after finishing your drink or as part of your dessert onboard!
According to Air New Zealand Lounge Leader Stratos Scanlan, the company serves about 600 coffees in its Auckland regional lounge on any given morning. By switching to edible cookie cups, the airline can cut down on about 8 million disposable cups per year!
While Air New Zealand is still working on rolling these cups out on every flight, this is not the airline’s first foray into environmentally-friendly initiatives.
In July 2019, Air New Zealand announced it was rolling out plant-based coffee cups, getting rid of single-use plastic water bottles and plastic sauce sachets from its Business Premier and Premium Economy cabins, and is also gradually replacing plastic soft drink cups.
If you want to have a taste of this unique coffee cup without having to take a flight on Air New Zealand, you can also buy a six-pack of cups at NZD23 (around SGD20.80) on Twiice’s website.