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Pocket Size Origami Tumbler

A reusable, collapsible tumbler, that can fit into your pockets. Makes self-brought cups convenient, stylish, and energy efficient.

Photo of Kuan-Lun Chen
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Idea Title

Using origami method to make tumbler collapsible

Idea Summary

The goal of this project, is to minimize the use of fiber cups by resolving "why people don't bring their own cups?". Making tumbler a convenient accessory that people carry in their pockets.

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

The purpose of this challenge is to come up with a more sustainable cup. While a recoverable fiber cup takes time,  money, energy and space to be recovered. Compare to a simple idea such as "having customer bring their own cup" which one is more efficient? 

Therefore,  In order to reduce the usage of non-recoverable fiber cups. The way that I contribute is come up with a designed that encourage people to use self-brought cups. 

The movement of "bring your own cups" is nothing new to the market. However, due to inconvenience, not much people developed the habit of bringing their own cups or thermal bottle to the shops. Therefore the concept of this project is to use the origami method to make collapsible tumbler that can create the following advantages 

Market Advantages

  • Maintain brand identity like the to-go cup
  • Better Aesthetic than the contractible cup on the market
  • More convenient than the  Thermal Bottle
  • Economically efficient than the one-time cup
  • Room for Creativity  like the designed cup

This solution addresses which of the following:

  • Hot / Cold Fiber Cup
  • Hot Cup Only
  • Cold Cup Only
  • Cup Lids
  • Cup Sleeve
  • Cup Liner
  • Reusable System
  • Alternative Delivery System

How is your concept recoverable?

By making the cup product permanent and reusable. It will minimize the space, time, money and energy spent to recover resources

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

The project is aimed to be manufactured and applied globally

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

The Origami Tumbler is targeted for to-go cup user, who consumes the drink immediately after bought, and takes convenience as their top priority.

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?

-Material selection -Water-proof or water-repellent fabric -Thermal insulation -Manufacture

Mentorship Needs (please select up to 3)

  • Materials and Technical Development
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Sustainability and Recoverability

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

Architecture Designer

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


How did you hear about the Challenge?

  • Closed Loop Partners website / social media


Join the conversation:

Photo of William Ryberg

dope design but it still uses paper and i feel as if this cup could break very easily try using a better material. :)

Photo of Ismam Mursalin

Hey, This is a nice design, but I would expect it to be expensive and it might not really reach the masses of people. There are other designs similar to your idea and they haven't really been successful enough to make an impact on the environment. How would you set your design apart from those other products.

Photo of Kuan-Lun Chen

Hello Ismam, forgive me for the late response, the product more competitive In three ways

Most retractable cup on the market usually uses a vertical retracting method. Which means they are either tall and thick when collapsed or cone-shaped when deployed. Whereas the origami method will fold the vertical surface flat and will be much thinner when collapsed.

Origami cup are designed to be small enough to fit into your pocket. Unlike the reusable tumbler or thermal cup, you can travel with it without occupying your hands. In addition there will be no littering or return issue after use. Which makes the cup available even for an unexpectable occasion.

The idea of having a retractable cup is nothing new to the market. It is very practical but people never use it because it's either inconvenient or not fashionable. While most of the product on the market lacks craftsmanship, texture and looks like it was designed for an 8 years old child. The origami cups aesthetic is mature and entirely customizable for all types of occasion. For instance, the triangular mesh and lid

Photo of Saniya Shahid

Hi Kuan,
I know you're still in your prototyping stage, but I was wondering if it locks and becomes solid somehow when it's time to use the cup. As of right now, it seems like it doesn't lock into a cup and can still bend in its origami shape.

Photo of Anthony Zammit

I agree with Saniya, it does not appear to be able to lock.
They are very beautiful and amazing to look at, with customisation available they can suit the user's taste.
On the inside there are joints that will need cleaning, how difficult would it be to clean ?
For example : If the user could not wash it straight after use, would there be a hygiene issue?

Photo of Kuan-Lun Chen

Hello, Saniya sorry for late reply. In response to your question, “ it does not”. In order to achieve its small size, lightweight, and compressibility the origami body has no locking mechanism. This type of design is quite similar to a leather bottle. The only things that keep it in its shape are its own material weight and the liquid pressure inside the bottle. In the meantime, It will still have the disadvantages of being compressible and easily fall over just like a fiber cup. However, it will be better sealed, reusable and more convenient to carry.

Photo of Phoenix Gobbee

Very nice design and idea. My problem with cups like these is that the lid usually can be leaky especially when you change the cup into its portable size, thoughts?

Photo of Anthony Zammit

Would there be issues with leakage in the joints?

Photo of Kuan-Lun Chen

Hey, Phoenix apologies for a late response, I definitely agree with you, The lid’s locking mechanism still requires further development in order to satisfy its portability and reuse-ability (size & convenient washing). However, unlike thermal bottle or tumbler it was not designed for customers to contain the drinks for a long time. Therefore the development of the lids is negotiable but it will have to evolve based on the core concept, which is the origami body. Please let me know if you have any suggestion or solution I'm very eager to hear them.

Photo of Ronald Chen

the ides is very interesting but, how accessible will the cup be to consumers?

Photo of Roberto Barrientos Mollo

Congratulations Kuan, It is a beatifull desing, but isn`t scalable in short term.