Gallery: Brilliant Karma Cup System Greens Your Coffee Routine


With 58 billion paper coffee cups thrown out each year in the US, it’s clear that we need to find a different system that keeps those cups out of the landfill. It’s highly unlikely that we’ll be giving up our coffee habit anytime soon, so six months ago the Betacup Open Design Challenge was issued to design a better coffee cup. The winner was recently announced on Core77, and it’s such a simple idea that we’re wondering why it isn’t a universal system already. The Karma Cup, is a low-tech, low-cost, no-brainer system that encourages and incentivizes using a reusable cup. Best of all, it’s such a simple solution that it could be implemented tomorrow.

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  1. maz June 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I had a similar experience to heyrenee where a Barista at Starbucks recently refused to use my refillable mug saying they don’t allow reusable mugs. I was surprised as another Starbucks nearby did accept my mug. Seems that Starbucks needs to work on that.

  2. daniel shand June 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Nice Concept

  3. joasto June 23, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Ever heard about these great new inventions called “pottery” and “porcelain”? Keep a cup in your office. Lasts a lifetime, works both for water, tea and coffee. Average number of disposable cups saved per person: five per day, 150 per month, 1800 per year and 72000 over a forty year career.

  4. heyrenee June 21, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    How odd that this backed by Starbucks.
    I had a recent experience at one of their shops where a barista said they could not fill reusable cups that were not purchased there because they couldn’t guarantee they’d been cleaned properly. So I would need to buy a new cup every visit in order for them to fill it. Might as well use disposable.

    Pretty sure that’s just a stupid ploy to sell their product. I think the baristas make a commission off those sales as well.

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