Making Reusable Desirable with Design

03.28

Minneapolis based design firm Sussner has created one of the best looking reusable “paper cups” I’ve seen. The cup was designed as a gift for friends, clients, and new business leads and makes me want to hire them or befriend them quick!

Along with the nice graphics printed on the cup, they also designed a beautiful package to contain it and supply each recipient with a cup of coffee via a pack of Starbucks instant VIA (which is a bit disheartening, but I can understand the logistics that most likely prompted this decision). Great job making reusable, desirable. With a mug like this, I’d gladly deal with the “inconvenience” of carrying it and washing it,  just to be seen with it.

[via The Dieline]

posted by on 03.28.2011, under Design, Products

Save the cups!

01.22

Save the Cups is a new campaign targeting the wasteful use of disposable cups. Any effort targeting this problem gets my attention and this one uses the power of social media, driven by the narcissism of self-congratulation, to create some good spirited competition. Once you log in, you can give yourself a pat on the back each time you reuse a cup rather than a disposable one, adding to the overall count of cups saved this year.

I haven’t figured out how to add my own cafes and the design, while nice, leans a little too far on the cute side. But I’m curious to see how the team at Save the Cups will grow and reach out to its community of users. Will there be awards for each month’s highest saver? The current design is based on the honor system, so it may be hard to regulate how many cups a person really saves, but it would be a nice incentive if they can figure out the technicalities.

This, like BetaCup, is another attempt to get people to voluntarily change their behavior without any incentive to break the habit of convenience. While noble in its attempt, I still blame cafes for not trying hard enough to persuade their customers to forgo disposable cups. It would be much more admirable if the cafe’s self-regulated rather than waiting for the day that the government enevitably does it for them (à la plastic shopping bags). By either charging more for a paper cup, giving more than a measly 10 cent discount for bringing your own, or saying, “if you want your coffee to-go, bring your own mug.”

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