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Flip and Drink

We wanted to design something where we could minus the plastic straw but still allow one to sip. So, here it is. Our minus the straw glass!

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Most of the take-away drinks at the food and juice joints employ the use of a glass that constitutes of 3 components – paper glass, plastic cap and a plastic straw. You can recycle paper but not the other two plastic items. We wanted to create a solution around getting rid of the plastic and also decreasing the number of materials used keeping the utility of the glass sippers intact.

After a lot of form explorations, we came up with this design for the glass that uses simple folds to form a cover, a lock mechanism and that is easy to stack, package and transport. Our solution is a very simple and minimal paper glass that is very handy.

Idea Title

Flip n Drink


Where are you / your team located?


How does this Idea redesign unrecyclable small format plastic items that often end up as waste?

Our solution, Flip n Drink, tries to solve the problem of plastic waste by eliminating the need for non-recyclable small-format packaging altogether. We are taking away the plastic from the glasses yet maintaining the utility of the glasses intact.

Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

We are aiming at eliminating the straws and coffee lids. All the take-away drinks are usually served in cups which has additional plastic (though recyclable) yet it adds to small waste. They most of the times, end up in land fills and oceans.

In what geographical context or area does your Idea plan to operate / solve?

Our main target is not a region but all fast food and coffee chains that serve liquids in take–away cups. Hence it can be scaled globally.

How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

Our solution requires minimum effort in production. While designing, our main aim was to come up with a design solution that can scale easily and multiply in production, requires minimum effort, and is made of one material only.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Prototyping: You have conducted some small tests or experiments with prospective users and will continue developing idea through these tests.

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea and working with the Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program will help to accelerate your solution.

The accelerator will help us in bringing our prototype to reality. We'd like to pitch this to the restaurants with take-aways, fast-food joints and coffee shops. We want to make this a universal movement where everyone willingly gives up plastic and replace with our flip n drink cup. We'd want to promote this globally across all markets as we know it involves very less cost and easy to manufacture.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

This idea came out of a two-week student collaboration at our design institute – National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (India).

Tell us about your work experience

Rahul Balu is a User Experience designer working at Amazon (India). I (Jasleen Kaur) work as a User Experience Designer with Microsoft (India).


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I see you've already connected with Irina Ankudinova might also be great to connect with The capless coffee cup and others with similar ideas. By connecting, perhaps there's something you could learn from each other via the design research and prototyping/testing process. Great to have you aboard this OpenIDEO Challenge!

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Thanks Scott! Would love to connect with others with similar ideas. It will help us as this project was done by us 5 years back as a student project. Will be nice to know about scalability and prototyping + testing by others.