The Betacup Challenge: Building a better coffee cup
What can be done to solve the problem of the 58 billion coffee cups that are thrown away each year? In a pro-sustainability move, coffee giant Starbucks has thrown its weight behind the Betacup Challenge, a design competition dedicated to building a more sustainable coffee cup.
Entries in the competition run the gamut from practical to ridiculous, a mix of reusable cups and sustainable disposable cups.
This one, called the "Cococup," suggests that coconut hull could be used as a naturally sourced, biodegradable material for coffee cups. If thrown away into special "Cocobins," the designer foresees them as recyclable, too, easy to break down and reconstruct into new cups.
May 21, 2010 12:00 PM PDT
Photo by: Tevada
| Caption by: Caroline McCarthy
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