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ORIGA-ME Innovative Foldable Paper Lids

New, ecological, watertight cup lid made of uncoated paper with an easy-to-use, innovative folding mechanism.

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ORIGA-ME Innovative Foldable Paper Lids

Idea Summary

ORIGA-ME is a new, ecological, watertight cup lid made of paper that will replace the existing plastic lids for hot and cold drinks with an easy-to-use, patented folding mechanism. *patent pending

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Our goal is to fight plastic pollution.

Half a trillion disposable cups are being manufactured every year and most are sold with plastic lids. Therefore, we developed an uncoated lid made of paper.

But how?

We turned the way to attach a lid upside down!

Unfolded, ORIGA-ME has a ring shape that can be pulled up around a cup.

The bottom part of ORIGA-ME features a cuff, which provides secure attachment to the cup and seals the cup-to-lid interface. The kinaesthetic feedback when cup and lid engage improve the consumer experience. 

The top of ORIGA-ME features a folding closure, which contains several closure panels with folding lines. The closure panels can be fast & easily folded into a closed position to form a secure cover of the cup. The slightly negative angle of the folded lid surface hold the tension and the lid does not open by itself. The folding lines are pre-folded, which makes folding them into the right position easier.

There are two version of ORIGA-ME: One for soft drinks with a (paper-) straw piercing in the middle of the lid and another one for hot drinks with a narrower opening on the side to drink from it directly.

Two patent applications for the unique mechanism have been filed and the ORIGA-ME lids meet all health, safety, and performance standards.

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Cup Lids

How is your concept recoverable?

There is one significant difference between cups and lids. Lids are not permanently exposed to liquids, but only when the liquid sloshes inside the cup or when liquids are being drunk straight from the lid. Therefore, there is no necessity for the use of coated paperboard with polymer, wax or clay. As a result, the material used for ORIGA-ME is easily and completely recyclable, which is a great sustainability contribution. The coatless paperboards (for example of Kotkamills and Stora Enso) have been tested in several material stress tests and have been so far proven to be resilient.

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

ORIGA-ME will only be available with ethically sourced paperboards from leading FSC certified producers.

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

Growing sustainability awareness is a global trend. ORIGA-ME is easily adaptable to several different cup sizes in different countries. As it is made of uncoated paperboard, it can be easily recycled all over the world. ORIGA-ME will be produced by selected manufacturers in key geographic regions to gather further market knowledge and to keep the carbon footprint at an absolute minimum. It's also conceivable to take the path of licencing in certain regions.

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

Main beneficiaries are consumers of which many feel guilty when using plastics. Many therefore do without lids and thus without the advantages of a lid. ORIGA-ME brings the worry-free splash and heat guard benefits back to the consumer with a recyclable solution. In terms of UX, ease and intuition is of great importance to us: ORIGA-ME features pre-treated folding lines to make the folding for an inexperienced user fast and easy The cuff is formed as an inward lip, which guaranties the proper positioning of the lid There will be easy to understand manuals on POS or lids to explain application Society will benefit from cost reduction for waste treatment and environmental protection.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Prototyping

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

As we are at the prototyping stage, we currently work on the mass production capabilities of the product. First feedback of our partners indicate that there are no fundamental problems to be expected. After solving the mass production feasibility, our biggest gap will be the market access. We hope that the NextGen Cup Challenge with its partners will help us overcome this gap.

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  • Supply Chain
  • Growth and Scaling
  • Fundraising / Finance

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

Marvin Jacob Mechanical designer with indestructible can-do-attitude Eduard Chernavin Investment manager with top-management experience Felix Bonnert Marketing & sales talent with excellent market knowledge and customer steering capabilities

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

The most valuable mentorship support for us will be a mentor of the F&B industry that could help us to further deep dive into consumer understanding and therefore product optimisation as well as ability of the product to be marketed through major food chains such as Starbucks & McDonald’s. Funding will be essential for us to start with industrial sampling and pre-series production in order to deepen consumer experience testing.

How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

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Hi Eduard Chernavin ,

Great to see you in the Challenge! I'm curious, what would be the most immediate next step for your prototyping process? What types of insights are you looking to uncover through that process?

A reminder that the deadline to edit your submissions is in a few hours at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time!

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Dear Lauren
Thanks for your question!
Getting industrial made prototypes will prove preliminary test results and lead us to completing the product development. From that point we will be able to make the final cost culculation, as well.
One of the nearest steps before industrial prototyping is seeking out the best partners for piloting process. Together we will go through their company's specific product requirements, expectations and needs, and we will make the product fit to them.

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