Air New Zealand Tests Edible Coffee Cups To Cut Waste

Posted On: 12/11/2019

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AUKLAND, New Zealand -- Air New Zealand is trialing edible coffee cups with travelers in the air and on the ground as it explores new and innovative ways to meet its sustainability challenges. The move is just another reminder that it’s no longer an option for vending, micromarket and coffee service providers to take steps to reduce the environmental footprint of the products they sell to today’s eco-conscious masses. 

The vanilla-flavored cups, said to be leakproof, are provided by Auckland, New Zealand company Twiice. Air New Zealand currently serves more than eight million cups of coffee annually. The Twice edible cup trial follows the airline’s recent switch to compostable coffee cups on board all aircraft and in lounges. The airline is also encouraging customers to bring their own reusable cups on board aircraft and into its lounges.

Air New Zealand senior manager of customer experience Niki Chave says that while the cups are compostable, the ultimate goal is to remove them completely from landfills.

“The cups have been a big hit with the customers who have used these and we've also been using the cups as dessert bowls," she reported.

"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," said Twiice cofounder Jamie Cashmore.

Chave said the airline will continue to test Twiice’s edible coffee cups and work with the company and other partners to explore scaling options that could make it a viable longterm product for the airline.