[…] I am not a paper cup I really like it when designers of objects don’t just take cues from everyday items when they create new merchandise–it can be a lot of fun when you see a totally mundane-looking object that is somehow transformed into something new and novel.Â This is one such item–a very standard paper coffee cup with lid turned into a reusable porcelain coffee carrier with a rubbery silicone lid.Â Brilliant, if you ask me. […]
Now if coffee shops such as Starbucks and even your local 7-11 and Dunkin Doughnuts will offer these resuable cups. Think about it…well over 7 billion trips are made to coffee shops with disposable styrofoam cups or paper cups are used in one year. Over 7 billion cups in landfills???? How much oil and/or trees were cut for that cup of coffee?
Anybody who this this is a new idea is an idiot. People have been bringing their own cups for coffee for years and NOT paying $20.00. It is outrageous how easily influenced people can be. Obviously more money than brains.
Most coffee places do offer reusable cups for purchase and will honor them if you request to fill them up instead of a new paper cup. Most decent quality reusable coffee mugs are approximately $10-$15, in fact, I just purchased a new one because my old one broke. I paid $10.49 at Target for a mediocre one.
In comment to Michael Randhall, Starbuck’s and most coffee shops including 7-11’s DO carry reusable coffee mugs. Think of the BIG GULP huge plastic “cooling” containers they sell for soda’s, and all of the Starbuck’s designed and Holiday themed thermal coffee mugs and “to go/car friendly” reusable items they sell. BUT, “dude, I am on your team, FOR SURE!” The reason I like the “I am not a paper cup”, (also in reply to Melissa Meidema’s comment) is because the name, also the plain design is made to resemble a “paper cup” therefore bringing awareness to the overwhelming waste in papercups.
There is a two fold reason this is a new concept and a clever one. First, it makes a statement unlike the regular reusable containers out there. People who don’t think about the waste of paper cups, or take the paper cup because the “reusable” one they have at home, get a shot of consciousness when they see it and either pick it up (buy it) or REMEMBER to use the coffee/beverage containers they already have. Secondly, unlike all the themed and specially designed thermal products out there, this one is pretty much appealing to anyone. One has to think how many mugs DONT SELL and become waste BECAUSE of the designs on them. While I may favor anything that is completely pink and ultra girly-glam friendly, some men and women may not agree with my preference and sadly, out there I imagine a large landfill with mountains of pink, baby pink, fushia…(tears) all rejected consumer waste. So, yes, this is the “one mug fit’s all” sort of deal, therefore cutting down on waste too.
Yes, I want to know! “Where it was made”, how healthy it is to drink out of, how well it may be recycled or is biodegradable? What is the mission statement of the company? If I purchase this cup, and I supporting a company that may be using the profits to produce other waste or is directly supporting other forms of animal and enviromental harm. I want them to be perfect saints in every standard…is that too much to ask? LOL. But really, yes, there are all these concerns, and I will write to DCI and encourage anyone that gets answers to such questions to contact me through my website. Thank you, in advance, if you take the time to do so!
Finally, “Gaussian Blur”,…great name! To anyone who has spent hours with Photoshop work…”I get it”…awesome and very creative.
Oh…an imagine what a great pick up line the cup offers, since coffee shops seem to be the new singles hang out. “Well hello. I see we both are holding Im Not a Paper Cup’s! We have so much in common, you could probably also hold my future child”…Lol…or something less…forward? ;)
reusable cups reduce resources required. OBVIOUSLY.
This isn’t new, or genius. There were porcelin cups before paper cups.
Plus no forests are actually cut to make paper cups, forests are cut for lumber while tree farms grow the paper. Lumber needs to come from mature forests and this makes it valuable. paper comes from the sawdust and the branches stripped off the trunk. eliminating paper use wont save a single tree in an old, or even 2nd, growth forest. All the waste from lumber production would be burned instead of pulped. huge forests (tree farms) would dissappear as they are plowed under for the next cash crop. take it however you like. Also there is petrolium used in production of this cup.
saying that there will be less waist of this cup compared to other themed mugs because it is more aestheticly pleasing is a falacious argument. I could argue (and do) that a porcelin mug designed to look like a paper cup is tacky. so how is that “one size fits all”? save your breath next time before you spew B.S.
I applaud the reusablity, but the blandness is either a disguise for people who don’t want to be seen as “granola crunching,tree hugging, sensitive hippie” type (married to one) or an extreemly ironic statment.
Well I like the fact this is a ceramic cup. I hate those plastic and metal travel cups, and my ceramic mugs have no lids (and hardly fit the cup holder). I can see this being a great product for me, and probably a lot of other people who feel the same way.
I don’t think that anyone with a lick of common sense chooses or desires to be wasteful. There are all kinds of “green” motivated marketing ideas happening, some of which may not be so “green” when the final tally is done. I guess that I just wonder how sanitary it is for a coffee shop to re-use coffee or drink cups on a large scale. If I am going to feel at ease about this idea then I am trusting that the customer bringing in the cup is somewhat sanitary, and I am trusting that the barista has the time to properly sanitize the cup and lid before placing it against a common surface or holding it. Unfortunately, I don’t. I have seen the baristas go from one order to the next with bare hands grabbing cups and pushing down the lids. I kind of creeps me out to think of Joe Blow with his runny nose bringing in his re-usable cup, sorry. Cool Cup though…
this is cool, fits in cars’ cup holders, mugs can’t. also, its perfectly shaped, the metal types are too tall and unweildy for me. When going to work I often use a plastic cup for green tea, which isn’t really good as the plasticizer leaches into the tea and is potentially carcinogenic.
This is stupid in that the whole purpose people use disposable cups is that they’re easy because you DON’T HAVE TO WASH THEM – you just throw them away. That is the whole idea behind a disposable cup. There is nothing stylish or magical about them. This porcelain cup is nothing special, you still have to wash it, just like any other cup/mug. The fact that people think this is such an amazing creation just shows, once again, how dumb people really are.
Why would you think twice about going to Starbucks if you can always and always could have used your own re-usable cup?? You could buy one there or patronize whoever you want to buy one – but whether or not customers use their own cups has nothing to do with Starbucks or any other coffee shop. It has to do with the consumer. You have always had that choice.
Having said that I am all for something that helps to raise the awareness of reducing waste and so for that I think this is a catchy idea. I love whoever said why is there so much packaging – I agree!!!!
Another passing fad to celebrate/acknowledge Green Day. Another gimmicky fashion statement to make us feel warm and fuzzy. Is there any thought among you being given as to the manufacturing process and chemicals used to make this fleeting, transitory ‘green’ item?
This huge “eco-friendly” “green” movement is creating the opposite reaction than the one intended. You see it on tv ads, magazines, all over the internet. Products of this type are all way overpriced. Companies are cashing in big time on what is basically a scare tactic. People are becoming very aware and cynical. MSN homepage had an article titled “Is your holiday meal leaving a carbon footprint?” Can’t I have one nice family meal without worrying if I’m killing the planet? $20 for a very fragile cup that will probably break first time I knock it over? Yes, I’m clumsy!
I just wanted to say one thing. Buy what ever cup
you think is cool:) But then ACTUALLY USE IT !!!!
I know alot of people who buy re-usable mugs and then use them once just so they can get chucked away into a cupboard or cabinet. Or they get used for one road trip and then make it into the trash.
So what ever cup you buy I promise to think your a Hot,sexy,cute Godess or dominate, masculine, and superior to all men, no mater what your cup looks like as long as your using and not making more trash.
If you think recycling and carbon footprints are passing fads, all you have to do is travel (that means expand your knowledge base) to some other country and you will find out how far behind the curve we are at being the best nation on earth.
First world countries are embracing recycling etc wholeheartedly. For example, Swedish toilets have two buttons on them: push button number one when you need a small flush and button number two when you need a big flush after you drop a big fat number two.
Why are so many of you upset that someone is going to make money off this product? If you were inventive (smart) enough to have been the first one to make a cup like this, what would you do? Not sell it? Duh.
Finally, if you are trying to communicate in the English language, would you please learn proper spelling, capitalization rules, and the grammer of the English language so as to not make yourself look any stupider?
(I misspelled “grammar” because you idiots are too stupid to notice anyway.)
I agree! I visited Canada over the summer and was surprised at how far behind the United States is from a country right on top of us! Recycle bins were everywhere and the stores put out all of their recyclables at the end of the day to be taken away. Two years ago, when I was studying at Saint Xavier University, you had to travel across campus to reach just one of the two or three recycle bins they had (I hope they have improved this situation). The past two jobs I have have also wasted an obscene amount of recyclable products (particularly paper) and rejected the notion of recycling as “it was too much effort” — when I was _volunteering_ to package and deliver the products myself!
I think it’s a clever alternative to paper cups and unlike most travel mugs, you can put these in the microwave. You can find them at http://www.portagebaygoods.com, but they only have a couple left. Most stores are already sold out; DCI (the manufacturer) will have them available again in Mid May.
Of course anyone can buy and use their own cups. If you’ve already got one that you re-use, rather than fill up with a paper cup, more power to you. If you don’t like the idea of this little cup, then don’t buy it That’s the beauty of the free market. Look, it’s just a cute idea someone came up with, and maybe it will make people think about the choices that make in their everyday lives. No harm, no foul.
Oh, and Mackenzie, the whole point is that you DON’T have to throw this cup away. It might just keep a little garbage out of the landfill. That’s a good thing.
Now, I only wish they’d make a bigger cup. This is probably equivalent to a SBUX tall. I need a venti, at least! Also, the silicone lid kind of collapses inward when you put your lips on it. They might want to consider making a lid that’s not quite as flexible in the next iteration of this product.
What a freakin’ gimmick,it’s a mug without a handle! yay,first degree burns.Seriously you yanks are so easy to separate from your money! And if you are all so concerned with the environment why not spend $30 a day on “saving the world” rather than coffee.just fill a flask in the morning,bring your regular,non scaring, $2 mug to work/college/where ever and enjoy hot coffee all day at,what, like 20c a cup?
I love stumbling and finding all these random blogs about absolute bollocks and invariably there is an endless scroll of unintentionally hilarious comments.It gives the rest of the world a little glimpse of what goes on day-to-day in your funny little American heads.
Greetings form Ireland by the way and sorry for intruding on your ever so important blog.I’ve just been waiting to comment on one of these for ages! If you’re still reading,thank you for your time!
now….must go get a coffee
I have to agree with Julliah and Valerie, I just purchase one and I LOVE it! I have tried many travel mugs before and there has always been an issue whether it be the handle or not fitting in the cup holder or simply b/c it’s metal and can’t be reheated. I was a little apprehensive about the silicone lid but it stays on great. I wish I bought more than one when I was out that way at homegoods since it’s not really close to me since the ones online are not as cute as mine plus I only paid $5.99. The only thing I don’t like is the smell of the silicone but I figured once it’s washed a few times it won’t be as bad.
Wow, looks like some folks got all up in arms over this. We do like to eat our own, don’t we? ;)
Anyhow, I bought one of these a few weeks ago and am _in love_. I’ve been using travel mugs for years and frankly, have been incredibly disappointed in the lip designs – I always seem to end up with coffee dribbled down the front of my shirt. I was beginning to think I had a serious drinking problem. Not so with this lovely little cup, the lid works like a charm!
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This is such a great cup, I bought two. My venti drink will fit just right into two of them. It seems that you need to poke a small hole in the lid for air but be careful. The knife goes right through and makes a larger hole than you planned. Well, the hole was the size of a knife blade. It works just fine though. The hole seems to open when you take a drink and then close after; no leaking.
You can fill them with hot tap water to preheat them.
The cup can become pretty hot in the microwave. I use a sleeve from Starbuck’s cup when it’s hot.
The silicone lid seems to hold up well.
okay… i agree that this is not a new idea and that we have had the option of using reusable travel mugs for ages now. i admit that i have a few of them kicking around, and i never use them.
someone gave me the I Am Not A Paper Cup for christmas and i have to say, i was “captivated” (or sucked in, as some of you might say) by the austere design. i friggin love the thing. now… its heavy and breakable, so i don’t exactly carry it around in my purse. but… its fantastic for the office. usually i get a coffee or two from the little shop in my office building, and i always toss the cups afterward. but since i started using the I Am Not A Paper Cup, i haven’t had to toss a single coffee cup. its a miniscule contribution to the environment, i realize. and i don’t know why it took THIS CUP to get me to start doing it when i could have been using a reusable travel mug all along… but it worked, and i’m hooked. and obviously, i’m not the first.
my point is… sure its a work of clever design and marketing… but in this case, i think its for the greater good. it has got my attention and helped create an awareness for me. i will think twice before using disposable coffee cups as i go forward.
We are going to get some of these cups with our logo to give to people who speak at our Go Eco and Get a Green Career events. I hope our speakers like the gift s much as some of the fans here. One thing that makes this unique is the lid — most coffee cups that are not disposable don’t have lids. Somebody was using creativity to combine with utility when it was designed so I say the cup and the company deserve some kudos for this. Part of what is making people in the mainstream want to go green is it is hip… well I say thankfully green is cool now because it is the better for the planet and the people. If people expect green things not to make money then environmental awareness will become extinct– again. The win comes when green business is good for the economy and the ecology because then it is sustainable.
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Saw it at MoMA and was convinced it was just a paper cup. I was surprised by the price (some $30) but thought it’s the modern art museum after all, they have the right to sell stuff at overprived rates. Or maybe they don’t have the right, but they still do. Anyways, realised it was ceramic while leaving the museum. Really funny stuff.
I’ve been looking for Not jUst a paper cup in a color other than white! I’m such a GIRL! I’d love a pink one! But I did find some with cities on them for anyone interested on ebay. I thought that was kind of neat.
I read through most of the 63 comments for this unique little cup and most remarks were based around the ‘green’ nature of the product.
However, this product also fills the void of a microwavable reusable to-go cup. In fact, this is the only travel mug that I have found that you can warm your beverage directly in the microwave to take with you. Perfect if you are a tea drinker. I have owned this cup for over a year now and every morning I fill it with water, pop it in the microwave, brew my tea, put on the silicone lid, and I’m off! AND I have it in the car with me for gas station refills (which most store offer a discount if you refill your own travel mug.) The cup will get warm to the touch but you can always purchase a handmade cozy like this one (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34095947)!
Sorry.. I love styrofoam cups. Insulate so well…
Porcelain is classy especially with silicone lid… easy on the lips… lots of energy to make… lots of energy to wash… a few drops of oil to make styrofoam.. such a great product… Oil is just laying in the ground waiting for us to use… and all our waste is sinking down to make more..
liquid gold… porcelain is classy but not everyday…
I got this cup as a xmas gift from my fiance, we live in Toronto, and he said he bought it from Homesense.
I like the cup and use it at the office daily. It replaced a regular mug which wasn’t very practical as there were sometimes spills, or, one time a spider wondered into it … none of these are problems with this cup, I’m happy to report.
When warming up coffee in the microwave the cup does not get too hot to handle, and the silicone top also stays a comfortable temperature.
I just wish more coffee could fit in it. The insulation takes up some space in there …
Also, I haven’t figured out what that little plug on the bottom of it is is for?
Indeed these cups are a hot item and easy to look at too!
Make a statement with an environmentally friendly purchase.
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Reducing waste is a good idea. However this design does not encourage it. It resembles a cup routinely thrown in the trash. Another gimmick to open wallets. I’ll stick to the normal branded reusable cups.
This site has an incredible deal on these cups. I’m not a paper cup goes for as little as $4.99 each if you imprint them at a quantity of 5000 and I found them for as low as $8.99 each if you print your logo on 50 of them. What a great way to advertise! This site has the best deal on them (their prices include shipping to USA and Canada and any setup fees).
A comment about actually USING this product.
The lid just doesn’t seal properly! (I’ve owned two of them and both were the same).
I LOVE using it though, but be very careful with your hot coffee because it will spill down the sides. Kind of annoying, but I generally just use the lid for travelling (carefully) and take it off to drink.
And excellent idea though, and a very cute thing to have on the desk.
These things have been on sale all over specialty and tourist stores in Canada for years.
Starbucks has them everywhere from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in Canada, to New York City, Bangkok (Thailand) and Hong Kong.
I’ve even seen them in London, UK.
People seem so surprised… honestly, if these things are available in Canada’s modest capital here in Ottawa, I’m absolutely sure its available anywhere, including the backwaters of Australia’s outback.
Obviously, I have stumbled across this article long after the fact. I was looking for information since I’ve recently bought a mug similar to this(but decorated). I have to say, regarding some of the comments:
1. It’s probably made in China, but it is porcelain, which is traditionally known as “China” for a reason. They invented it, they’ve made it forever, etc. While I support buying local products, anyone who lets themselves be made to feel guilty about buying “China” from China is being unreasonable.
2. White porcelain like this is plain porcelain with a clear glaze on top. This is generally inert.
3. While there is a good long-term affect on reducing paper waste, you are all ignoring the initial larger affect of things like the firing process. Either fuel is burned, releasing carbon, or a large amount of electricity is used to fire anything ceramic. Over the years, this is surely offset, but when you talk about it as though there is essentially no environmental impact, you are being very silly.
4. In terms of waste, it will be like any other ceramic item… basically like a throwing away a rock.
So you go the extra mile to buy a good cup that looks like a throwaway, and your cleaning lady throws it away, family visiting, other people throw away the lid or both halves… At least make it look like something different, so people don’t throw it away!