Winners and finalists
Aiming to eliminate the ubiquitous polystyrene plastic cup used on airlines worldwide, I set out to design a new cup out of biodegradable and renewable sugarcane fibre (bagasse). It was important to also do away with the standard hot beverage plastic lined paper cups as well as keep the hands comfortable while drinking. So I designed Sugar Cup – it’s biodegradable, viable to manufacture, handles hot and cold beverages and is comfortable to hold.
Most airlines even if they try to recycle their waste often cannot because of the flight destination restrictions. So most of the waste can end up in landfill. Sugar cup can be recycled, disposed of in landfill where it will biodegrade or be composted.
So the next time you travel, sit back, relax and think Sugar Cup.