This Foldable Cup Aims to Reduce Plastic Waste

published Dec 17, 2019
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It’s high time we all admitted that favorite cups aren’t reserved for possessive 3-year-olds who don’t like sharing. In addition to keeping us from washing a sink full of random cups, this commitment between human and liquid container of represents a totally acceptable attachment to an inanimate object (doesn’t it?), or in the case of this foldable paper coffee cup, it can help to preserve and protect the environment.

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Known as the Unocup, this foldable coffee cup that’s surpassed its Kickstarter goal helps to reduce our use of plastic, plus it’s pretty chic looking. We can see people taking one look at it and wanting to have one, but here’s why you should appreciate Unocup for more than its nice appearance.

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For one, it eliminates the need for a plastic lid, which helps to combat ocean pollution. As its creators explain, Unocup is “a breeze to fold, hold, drink from, cheaper, and of course, a lot more sustainable.” There’s absolutely nothing cumbersome about closing Unocup. Simply fold each flap over and insert the tab. Reopening it is just as easy; press down behind the insert and easily unfold each flap.

For the accident-prone who are concerned about spills and other cup-related mishaps, Unocup also has an ergonomic design that makes it comfortable to hold and able to withstand the pressure of a grip that your average paper cup can’t endure. There’s also a curved drinking spout and you can drink from the cup with the flaps opened and closed, depending on your preferred sipping experience. Apparently, baristas have already given Unocup a huge thumbs up as it the design makes creating latte artwork easier.

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Check out the Unocup Kickstarter campaign for reward tiers and to find out how you can get your very own customized cup adorned with artwork from NYC artist Alexis Kandra.