Manchester City are the reigning English Premier League champions and are now championing the cause of landfill waste by offering edible cups of tea and coffee at their 55,000-seat Etihad Stadium.
After suffering a setback at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur FC London on opening weekend, seven days later they played their first home game of the season, beating Norwich City 5-0 while producing 0 pounds of disposable cups for hot drinks, a plague in a tea / coffee-loving country where a staggering 2.5 billion disposable cups are used each year.
“For the first time on campus, an ‘edible coffee cup’ will also be introduced. This fantastic and innovative solution provides an amazing solution to waste, just eat your cup ”, says a statement from the Etihad Stadium.
The cup is made by a Scottish startup called BioBite, and it’s essentially a 100 calorie vegan cookie in a cup shape. Made with wafer in the same way as an ice cream cone, the cup will remain leak-proof for 12 hours and, more surprisingly, crisp for a full 45 minutes, which for American readers is exactly and always half the time. duration of a “soccer” game.
According to the company’s website, the mug is completely recyclable, but the taste of the coffee-soaked wafer mug is really delicious. The soccer club also offers fully recyclable beer glasses made from recycled paper and cardboard.
Maybe the solution
exist various problems with the making of a fully recyclable paper hot drink to go cup, and that’s why there isn’t one yet in the larger beverage chains.
Combining a heat resistant inner lining and paper together makes the cups very difficult to recycle as the two very different materials must be separated.
Edible cups really might be the best solution, as long as companies like BioBite can lower the cost per unit. 240 of their cookie cups cost $ 111 before VAT, about 14 cents more than what starbucks pays for the cup, the plastic lid and the wooden stirrer.
Other firms are closer to the brand, such as the Bulgarian edible coffee maker for cups. Cupffee, Who does a 40 cents (taxes included) wafer cup with approximately the same properties as BioBites. For environmentally conscious consumers, the lack of a lid is not a problem as long as they enjoy their coffee on foot. It is well suited to European city centers made for walking, but rather inconvenient in most parts of the United States, as the country is set up for driving.
Another limiting factor is that a wafer isn’t exactly the fuel for a healthy society.
If there was a company that could make wafers with some type of plant fiber, something many Western diets are nutritionally deficient in, then we are talking about a true revolution.
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