Air New Zealand is trialling vanilla-flavoured edible cups in place of throw-away ones in a bid to reduce its waste.
The airline serves more than eight million cups of coffee each year, and while their current cups are compostable, Air New Zealand senior manager customer experience Niki Chave said the ultimate goal would be to rid them from landfills all together.
The twiice edible cup trial backs up Air New Zealand’s recent switch to plant-based cups on board all aircraft and in lounges.
The plant-based cups are made from paper and corn instead of plastic, which enables the cup to break down in a commercial composter.
Switching to plant-based cups is expected to prevent around 15 million cups from going to landfill annually.
Air New Zealand also encourages customers to bring their own reusable cups on flights and into its lounges.
According to its 2019 sustainability report, Air New Zealand emits around 3.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, making it one of the country's largest emitters.