Thursday, April 18, 2024

A reusable, recyclable Circular Cup made from single-use coffee cups

We live in a “plastic” world in which hundreds of billions of single-use coffee cups are manufactured every year. Unfortunately, most of them cannot be recycled as they are coated with plastic insulation. Most of these cups end up in landfills, incinerated, or worse, in our oceans. That is why using a reusable glass is one way to reduce personal waste so that your morning routine doesn’t suffer as a result of an environmentally friendly approach.

The British company Circular & Co has taken it one step further by introducing a reusable ‘Circular Cup’ that is made from recycled single-use coffee cups that would otherwise end up in landfills. These travel mugs are designed to last for ten years and 100% recyclable at the end of their life.

travel mug allows a 360-degree drinking experience
The travel mug allows a 360-degree drinking experience. Credit: Circular & Co

Experts from Circular have decided to contact cafes and supermarkets, thanks to which they can access a fairly large number of used disposable cups and then turn them into permanent mugs. Each such new product is ultimately made from six used cups.

In addition to being an environmentally friendly alternative to portable cups on the go, the Circular Cups also have some handy design features. In place of the slider or swivel lid, the Circular travel mug lid uses a unique spring-loaded push-and-click top that allows for one-handed opening. Simply press down with one finger, and the lid will pop up for you to sip or pour. The lid is safer and completely leak-proof, so the mug can be stored in a backpack or bag.

Just one press to open and one press to close.
Just one press to open and one press to close. Credit: Circular & Co

The insulated Circular Cup is designed to keep drinks hot for 60 to 90 minutes. Besides, the travel mug allows a 360-degree drinking experience so you can drink with ease and without the spills.

The company has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, where it is offering a 12oz mug at an early bird price of $13 and a 16oz version for $15. The product is scheduled to be available from October.