WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Football fans can now eat their cups after drinking tea or coffee while watching a match at the Etihad Stadium.
- The edible coffe cup, made by Scottish startup BioBite, is made of a 100-calorie vegan biscuit.
- The cup can stay leak-proof for 12 hours and remain crunchy for a full 45 minutes, or half the duration of a football match.
The 55,000-seater Etihad Stadium, home of the English Premier League’s reigning champions, Manchester City, is now offering edible coffee cups to football fans.
The “fantastic and innovative” product provides a solution and alternative to the staggering 2.5 billion cups disposed of every year in the tea/coffee-loving country.
The “edible coffee cup” simply lets you “eat your cup” after drinking, read a statement from the Etihad Stadium.
BioBite, a Scottish startup, makes each cup from a 100-calorie vegan biscuit — much like how ice cream cones are made with wafers or waffles.
The cup can stay leak-proof for 12 hours and even remain crunchy for a full half of a football match (45 minutes).
The company also stated on its website that the cup is fully recyclable. Still, one can expect that a coffee-soaked wafer cup will be delicious enough to simply eat instead of disposing of.
The football stadium will also be offering fully recyclable beer cups made of recycled paper and cardboard.
A few points to consider
Creating a fully recyclable paper cup for takeaway hot drinks poses several issues. Combining a heatproof inner lining with paper can be very tricky. This is why edible cups appear to be the best solution. They can be a bit pricey, however.
The estimated cost of 240 BioBite biscuit cups is about $111 before VAT. That’s about 14 cents more than a Starbucks cup, plastic lid, and wood stirrer.
Eco-conscious consumers can opt for no lid if they plan on enjoying the coffee while walking. However, that may not be convenient for America, where people might prefer driving, compared to European city centers that are made for walking about.
Having wafers as an ingredient may also not be considered a healthy choice. Perhaps a wafer made out of some kind of vegetable fiber could be the best solution, if possible.
Source: Good News Network