One-piece to-go cup eliminates need for plastic covers

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Designed and created by a team of New York Cooper Union engineering students, the TrioCup uses an origami-style tri-fold top to form a one-piece, fully compostable to-go drinks container. Initial estimates are that the cup will be cost competitive with what is currently used by most vendors because, although requiring slightly more paper, the integrated lid negates the need for a separate plastic one. The design won the 2017 New Plastics Economy Innovation Prize, and the team highlights its spill resistance and how quick it is to fold, taking no more time than it does to attach a traditional plastic…

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