Can edible coffee cups help us ditch single-use waste?
Millions of single-use coffee cups enter landfill every day in Australia – could the solution be as simple as eating the evidence?
There’s no denying that Australia is a nation of coffee-lovers. The average Australian consumed about 2kg of coffee in 2021, with the nation’s cafe industry worth an estimated $10.7 billion.
However, our collective love of coffee doesn’t come without a cost. Planet Ark estimates 2.7 million single-use coffee cups are thrown away every single day in Australia, adding up to a whopping one billion cups every year.
Instead of sending all those cups to landfill, what if you could simply eat them?
Catherine Hutchins and Aniyo Rahebi are the founders of Good Edi – a Melbourne-based business trying to tackle Australia’s takeaway coffee cup problem by creating a completely edible alternative.
“We wanted to make a solution that is both convenient, waste free, and truly sustainable,” says Rahebi. “The only thing that we could think of is something that you can eat.”