Tea is a beverage which has a huge fan-following across the country, and its most favourite accompaniment would be biscuit. Countless citizens start their day the chai-biscuit combination, choosing from a number of flavours and brands. A tea stall based in Madurai, Tamil Nadu has taken the chai-biscuit combination and given it an all-new spin. The RS Pathy Nilgiri tea stall is serving small quantities of tea in edible cups made of chocolate-flavoured biscuit. So you can sip your tea, and then eat the cup - generating zero waste and amazingly good taste!
R S Pathy Nilgiri Tea stall has been around since 1909, as per a video report by The Better India. The innovative idea came to the tea stall owner, Vivek Sabapathy, after the Indian government announced a ban on plastic in October 2019. India is planning to slowly phase out the use of single-use plastic and completely ban it by the year 2022. This includes daily use items such as plastic bags, cups, plates, bottles, straws etc. This is why many businesses across the country are looking for alternative solutions for plastic.
Sabapathy chanced upon the biscuit cups while searching for environment-friendly tea cups and options to do away with the plastic cup. The edible biscuit tea cup costs Rs. 20/- only and has become a rage ever since it was launched in the month of July. Social media users took to Twitter to praise the initiative as well. Take a look:
Sustainability Witt creativity— shubhi dalela (@shubhz10) July 12, 2020
Such a unique and innovative idea! Kudos to the stall owner(s)!— Manu (@mannuchat) July 13, 2020
Around 60ml of tea can be served in the cup, which needs to be consumed within ten minutes precisely else the cup may get soggy. According to a video report by the News Minute, the owners of RS Pathy Nilgiri tea stall plan to launch tea cups in other flavours of biscuits too, once the pandemic situation eases out.
Kudos to the tea stall owners for thinking of such a simple, yet creative solution for serving tea. We hope many more tea stalls across India take inspiration from their initiative, and slowly follow suit to achieve environmental sustainability.
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