Loop It serves the purpose of avoiding coffee spills and retaining heat, which are the primary functions of a lid.
The idea is to develop a system that entails the production of ‘Loop It’ biscuits made from coffee grounds that are used to replace the plastic lids on coffee cups.
Loop It has a fruit leather layer applied to its underside to slow the degradation of the biscuit from the hot liquid.
Loop It is tapered so that it can simply be pushed into the top of the coffee cup; either paper disposable or reusable.
Loop It would be made in a couple of sizes to suit the standard sized cups currently on the market.
The production of the Loop It biscuits would likely be conducted a central point where coffee grounds are collected from cafes such as a coffee roaster. Here, the facility would have installed production machinery including an oven and press to produce the biscuits using the coffee grounds.
Whilst not designed to be eaten, Loop It would need to meet food safety/hygiene specifications, such as avoiding the presence of mould due to the moisture in the coffee grounds.
The economics need to be modeled but the idea is considered to be feasible given the following cost savings in the supply chain:
- Lower waste disposal costs
- Lower purchase costs for lids
If a coffee roaster adopted the Loop It certified manufacturer, there is no additional transport as coffee ground returns match delivery of coffee and Loop It.