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For the past few months, Manchester City Football Club has been serving coffees, teas, and hot chocolates in edible receptacles at selected points throughout its Etihad Stadium. This eco-friendly offering comes as part of the club’s new commitment to incorporating environmental sustainability in more of its concession stands.
These edible wafer cups, designed by Scottish company BioBite, are natural, vegan, and free from sugar icings and wax coatings. The cups have been expertly manufactured to hold both hot and cold beverages without any leakages for 12 hours while maintaining their crisp consistency for 45 minutes, serving as a tasty post-coffee snack.
The club’s official release says, “this fantastic and innovative solution provides an amazing solution to waste, just eat your cup!” But for any soccer fans less partial to a wafer biscuit, the cups can be easily disposed of as food waste and their paper labels, designed for easy gripping and to protect the cup from coming into direct contact with surfaces, are fully recyclable.
BioBite hopes its environmentally-friendly creation will help to reduce the vast amounts of waste generated by the food and beverage industry. In the UK alone, seven million paper coffee cups are used and disposed of every single day. The cups can also be used for soups, cold beverages, and desserts like ice cream or yogurt.
Manchester City isn’t the only UK soccer club looking to advance its sustainability efforts. In February of this year, the Forest Green Rovers Football Club (already hailed by FIFA as the World’s Greenest Football Club) began trialing a sustainable football kit made entirely from recycled coffee beans and plastic bottles.
In addition, and on a significantly larger scale, Qatar 2022 looks set to be the world’s first carbon-neutral World Cup. The event is expected to produce as much as 3.6 million tonnes of CO2, which will be offset via a range of methods including the reuse of construction waste, the use of solar energy, and one of the event’s eight soccer stadiums being constructed using recycled shipping containers.
Image Credit: BioBite