Edible coffee cups to reduce plastic waste

Soon you will be able to have your coffee and eat the cup too.

New Zealand-based online retailer Twiice is launching single-use coffee cups that are both biodegradable and edible.

Twiice director, Jamie Cashmore, said it took four years to create the product, trialling different recipes.

The cups are made of a firm biscuit substance formulated by Mr Cashmore, his wife and parents. It’s said to taste like cookies and baked in a way that sogginess is not a problem.

The business is currently based in Auckland, but is expected to branch out in the near future.

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Plastic pollution is a major problem in today’s society with tonnes of plastic estimated to end up in the ocean every year. A United Nations report also lists plastic waste as a major global health risk.

Twiice’s coffee cups are aimed to reduce this impact by being compostable, meaning they degrade into soil in a few days. But Mr Cashmore is hoping that people will eat his coffee cups instead.

“Every cup eaten is one saved from the landfill,” he told Inside Retail New Zealand. “We have developed a method to make the cups over the last four years.

“It’s this method that makes the cups able to take hot drinks. We’ve only been open three weeks and are accepting pre-orders on our website

“We are currently waiting on our wholesale packaging which should arrive in a month or so. Then we’ll be able to ship all over New Zealand.”

Twiice coffee cups were recently introduced at a quarterly Retail NZ breakfast event at Freedom Furniture.

“They are a really exciting innovation,” Retail NZ chief executive, Greg Harford, told Inside Retail New Zealand.

“There’s a variety of things going on in the market around coffee cups, with a range of compostable, reusable, and now edible products becoming available in the market. They are awesome products, but likely to be fairly niche for the moment.”

Mr Cashmore said edible cups might soon enter the mainstream and help influence consumers away from their plastic habits.

The company is offering pre-orders on the website with one cafe – Freaky Cafe in Auckland – already stocked up.

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