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Redesigned Coffee Cup Does Away With Plastic Lids

A new design of paper coffee cups could make plastic, carry-out lids obsolete.The design, branded Compleat, has flaps similar to takeout cartons that fold over to seal in hot beverages, while creating a sipping spout.

No lids means reduced storage and shipping requirements, and reduced environmental impact. In addition, the cup provides two additional surfaces for branding or advertising, and it has a unique shape the designer believes will reinforce brand values for companies that adopt the product.

Compleat was created by Peter Herman, an architect based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Herman told Fast Company it’s not clear when the cup will first appear in local coffee shops as there are numerous details to be worked out, including modifications to cup-making machinery and contractual agreements with manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

Bart King is a PR consultant and principal at Cleantech Communications.



Love this design. I look forward to seeing it at my local Starbucks (I hope!)


Absolutely brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't think that this cup

I don't think that this cup is any more sustainable than any other disposable cup. The impact of the plastic lid is replaced by the impact of the extra paper.

Bart King is the principal of New Growth Communications, a network of affiliated content producers and strategists serving clients in the emerging green economy. He is also Associate Editor of Sponsored Content for Sustainable Brands. Follow him @bart_king [Read more about Bart King]

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