Coffee-to-go cups have become an absolute trend in recent years, but they are not sustainable. This trend brings a significantly higher waste production; after all, the plastic cups and the plastic lid are not recyclable. In order to be able to maintain the coffee-to-go lifestyle, alternative solutions to the classic coffee-to-go mug are now needed.
The project Unocup on Kickstarter tries to bring a more eco-friendly and better coffee-to-go mug to market with a foldable paper cup. Unocup, designed by two New York designers, can be easily folded into cups and are easy to dispose of after use.
Instead of the usual two elements, cups and lids, it consists of only one foldable paper. The cup is built with the principle of origami – there are paper flaps that fold to create the lid and curved drinking spout from which you can drink your coffee.
It does not need to use a straw while drinking coffee, as folding Unocup leaves a small spout at one end for the liquid to be sipped through. You can carry this paper coffee cup easily in your bag anywhere so that you can contribute to cleaner earth without changing their habits. Unlike traditional cups, Unocup’s uniform structure creates a strong and consistent body that won’t cave under pressure.
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In mid-November, the creators of Unocup launched a campaign on Kickstarter, with the aim of raising $ 14,500 to try to bring eco-friendly cups to the market, producing the first batch. In addition, Chan and Papo have collaborated with the artist Alexis Kandra, known for her designs focused on nature, to bring different colors and designs of a foldable coffee mug to the market.
Besides, the manufacturers claimed that it is neither expensive for the consumers to use nor heavy on the coffee business. For an investment of just $12, you get 20 plain white paper Unocups, with shipping slated for July 2020.