Use origami to replace plastic lids

Foldable no-lid coffee cup

Unocup from the United States offers a disposable paper cup made with an origami-like technique that removes the need for a plastic lid. .

Takeaway cup lids are usually made of hard polystyrene (triangle code 6), which is not widely recycled.



  • Removes the need for a plastic lid
  • Foldable, so easy to store and transport


  • Paper has its own environmental challenges - check the responsible sourcing
  • Potentially not suitable for all takeaway drinks

Making a difference

Currently Unocup has successfully launched a Kickstarter Campaign and are developing prototypes in New York City.

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Photo Credit: Uno Cup