Maggi’s announce Aussies can buy Mug Noodles instead of cult $2.50 Instant Cup Noodles

It’s a staple grocery item in many Australian homes – but the humble noodle cup has just undergone a major change.

Maggi, which is owned by Nestlé, is encouraging shoppers to ditch its classic single-use cup in a bid to reduce plastic usage.

While the cult Instant Noodles Cups, which retail for $2.50, are currently still available to purchase, there is now an “exciting” new alternative that reduces plastic packaging by 83 per cent.

The new Maggi Mug Noodles have been designed to go straight into a standard at-home mug, so consumers can enjoy their easy-to-prepare two-minute snack and completely eliminate the single-use cup.

“We know many of our consumers enjoy eating instant noodles in a cup at home, so we have rethought the cup,” Monique Koning, Nestlé’s Head of Marketing – Foods, told news.com.au.

“Removing the plastic cup while keeping the taste is a bold step on the Maggi sustainability journey.”

The new Maggi Mug Noodles are available in four-packs, which are sold for $6, in the popular chicken and beef flavours.

Woolworths and Coles both have begun rolling out the new noodle product, with packets hitting shelves in some areas already.

“Spotted at Woolies today. Does this mean they’re phasing out the cup noodles now?” one eagle-eyed shopper wrote on Reddit.

The post quickly sparked debate online, with some asking: “How is it different than the packet noodles?”

“It’s a little round puck like the cups but in a packet instead. Just fits in the bottom of your mug and you add the water,” one person explained.

“Essentially no different except for shape. While I very rarely use the cup noodles, they are really handy for travelling and other instances where there’s no mugs or bowls,” another added.

Nestlé hasn’t confirmed whether the original packing will ultimately be phased out completely.

Others weighed in on the change of packaging, stating they had “always” thought the noodle cups were “made from cardboard”.

They’re not wrong, as the cups are made from cardboard. However the issue lies in the fact the cup, similarly to a takeaway coffee cup, is coated with a layer of plastic film, generally food grade polythene (PE) material.

The PE layer is necessary to prevent hot liquids leaking during use but makes them unable to be recycled.

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