Melbourne is famous as the “Coffee Capital” of Australia, and many people like to grab a cup on their way to work.
The only problem is that disposable coffee cups are a major source of pollution. Although they seem to be recyclable cardboard, they contain a thin plastic coating that is not biodegradable or environmentally friendly.
An ABC report in 2016 showed coffee cups were the second largest category of litter waste after plastic water bottles. It is estimated that Australians add over 1 billion disposable coffee cups to landfill every year.
Melbourne is contributing to this problem, but has also come up with a solution. Charlwood Design, a Melbourne-based Industrial Design, Product Design and Product Engineering consultancy with over 20 years of experience, has designed Uppercup, a reusable coffee cup suitable for takeaway coffees.
Uppercup is made from a new kind of high quality Copolyester plastic, with a durable glass-like frame that is not odour and stain resistant, and dishwasher safe. It has a conical bottom, to distribute liquid ratios evenly. The double insulated walls also ensures that beverages stay warmer for longer without burning your fingers. The cup can even be written on for convenient café ordering.
The cup is available in two sizes, small (237ml) and large (335ml), costing respectively $22 and $25. Both sizes fit under espresso machine spouts, and have a rotating clip-on lid to prevent spills.
Uppercup is available in four colours: light grey, dark grey, pink, and black.
Uppercup is available nationally at www.321water.com and at selected cafés around the country.