Air New Zealand, New Zealand’s National Airline, has announced they will be trialling a ‘Leak Proof, Vanilla Flavoured, Edible Coffee Cups’ aboard their aircraft. The announcement comes after the airline is making a push to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites yearly. Air New Zealand had recently launched compostable plant-based cups which did reduce the number of cups being sent to the landfill annually; however, they wanted to continue to reduce the amount. Working with the Kiwi Company Twiice, Air New Zealand can now enjoy a coffee, or dessert in one of their Domestic/International Lounges, and onboard their aircraft when ordering a tea or a coffee.
Currently, the cups are made out of Paper and Corn, which are presented aboard all flights, these cups are expected to prevent 15 million cups being sent to the landfill annually. However, the announcement copped some criticism from twitter users; “So good to see an airline minimising its environmental impacts. Oh, hang on a minute…”, environmental journalist George Monbiot wrote sarcastically on Twitter. And another Twitter user commenting about the Airlines recent decision to cancel their Auckland to London Flight via LAX being better for the environment than edible coffee cups. However, Twiice Co-Founder Jamie Cashmore said that the initiative demonstrated that new and innovative ways of packaging were achievable. Air New Zealand has also been fielding concerns from customers on Twitter about dietary requirements. It told a vegan customer that the cups contained egg, while Twiice said the cups also contained gluten and might contain traces of nut and dairy.
Currently, Air New Zealand serves 8 million cups of coffee yearly and stresses that the current plant-based coffee cup will still be available for consumer usage if so desired.
The Edible Coffee/Dessert Cup