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The safest hot or cold drinks tray made from recycled paper coffee cups and recycled Polypropylene, made to last a lifetime!

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Idea Summary

Manufactured from recovered fiber based cups and recycled polypropylene.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Muggi Limited

Website (if applicable)

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Muggi is an innovative new product which enables hot and cold drinks to be carried safely in any busy working environment.

This unique tray enables up to four mugs to be carried safely in one hand, leaving the other hand free to help to navigate around the workplace or home. It securely holds mugs and glasses, and catches any spills in the bottom of the tray; contributing to a reduction in slips, trips and stained carpets caused by spillages.

Muggi has four non-slip rubber feet which allow it to rest safely on trolleys and uneven surfaces, whilst finger and thumb holds make it easy for anyone to carry.  

Made from recycled paper cups and extremely tough recycled Polypropylene, muggi comes in seven vibrant colours blue, grey, red, purple, green, pink and a black recycled material. It can be customised with a company’s logo and in a bespoke company colour.

Inventor, David Trotter said: ‘’the original muggi was designed to combat breakages and spillages on-board boats and yachts, however it soon became clear to me that it provided a safe way of carrying hot drinks in just about any environment.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup
  • Reusable System
  • Alternative Delivery System

How is your concept recoverable?

Will technically last for ever, so totally re-usable over and over again! Locks in the recycled raw materials from fiber cups and negates the need for throwaway carry trays. Is recyclable at the end of a very very long life!

How have you incorporated additional sustainability attributes (beyond recoverability) into your solution?

Muggi can technically be made from virtually any injection mouldable recycled material, car plastics, ocean plastics coffee cup plastics! A perfect example of a Closed Loop manufacturing process to carry takeaway drinks n a product made from the very items it carries!

What regions do you plan to address with your solution (and how will you accomplish this)?

Muggi is potentially a universal product with more uses over and beyond the takeaway markets.

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Both old and young can benefit from muggi. Whether at a cafe or takeaway restaurant, in a vehicle, motor home or caravan, wheel chair or retirement home, office or factory, stadium or festival and at home.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Operating Concept / Startup

What are the biggest challenges you are facing today? What are existing gaps in your solution?

We manufacture in the UK and currently export on a small scale. We might require help with scaling and market access otherwise we are ready and tooled up.

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Supply Chain
  • Growth and Scaling
  • Fundraising / Finance

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

I grew up in Scotland, after a brief period as a soldier I worked in the live event sector, then set up a Tree House construction business. I'm a Freeman of the City of London and a member of The Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland.

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)

Limited Company

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

Funding would be used to finalise material testing, confirm resource availability and develop distribution and supply chains overseas.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO announcement email


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An ordinary cardboard cup breaks down in the natural environment roughly in a year or thereabout. Approximately how the fallen leaves does, consisting of the same cellulose. In order for the new material for the production of cups to become a cost effective replacement of cardboard, it should decompose order faster, somewhere in a month, maybe two or three. This is at an average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius (according to NASA). But when we pour water near a boiling point, at a temperature of 95 degrees, into such cup , according to the rule of Svante August Arrhenius, all the chemical processes in it, including the self-decay of complex molecules, respectively, accelerate. The minimum acceleration will be somewhere 250 times, and the maximum will be about 65,000 times. That is, for a disposable cup that has been filled for at least an hour, and this is a real situation somewhere on a picnic, there is all the chances to pour out their content on the table at best , at worst, on himself or his electronic devices. Even if this cup was made a few days before that and was stored in a stock in perfect conditions.
Therefore, the question arises - how do you deal with such issue?

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